The Colby Community College men’s and women’s cross country teams topped other community colleges competing at the Sept. 15 Fort Hays State University Sand Plum Invitational in Victoria. All teams ran a 5K course.
Overall, the men finished third behind Fort Hays State and Emporia State.
“We are finally learning how to run together and pace throughout the race,” said head coach Cameron Rieth. “However, we need to run a little bit tougher late in the race and we need a little help from our fifth and sixth runners.”
Abel Ketema led the Trojans with a finish of 16:08.61, good for ninth overall. Isaac Sanchez (16:28.7) and Iley Bruce (16:39.4) rounded out the top three Colby finishes.
The women came in second behind Fort Hays State and 12 points ahead of eleventh-ranked Dodge City.
“It is a good indicator but we are not too concerned with rankings and don’t put too much stock in them this early in the year,” Rieth added. “The only team we can focus on and get better each day is ourselves.”
Winnie Kibet led the Lady Trojans with a sixth place time of 19:47.44. Jess Ixta (20:23.2), Sarah Myers (20:46.24) and Vibian Chemeli (20:47.47) also finished in the top 15.
Complete meet results can be found at https://www.tfrrs.org/results/xc/10600.html.
Saturday both teams will be in Stillwater, Okla. for the Oklahoma State Jamboree, where they will compete against NJCAA No. 1 ranked Iowa Central and top ten teams Butler County, Allen County, and Cowley County. The event also includes Division I schools Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Kentucky, Alabama and Texas State.