The Colby Community College men’s cross country team had their season debut on Friday, Sept. 5, as they hosted the annual Colby Trojan Invitational. The Trojan men were able to hold off a strong Fort Hays State squad to finish atop the team standings. CCC finished with 25 points followed by FHSU with 37 points. Hastings (92 points) and Dodge City (97 points) took third and fourth in the team standings.
“It was a great start to the season,” said Head Coach James Ortiz. “Our guys ran well and times were fast but to me it’s how we respond after that means the most. My guess is the voters are going to put us high in the national rankings but we can’t start thinking we are better than we are. We still have a lot of work to do.”
CCC was led by sophomore Chris Speaks who won his second straight Colby Invite after winning the competition as a freshman. Speaks posted a time of 15:04.72.
“Chris did his job leading the team. This is his team and you can see he really put in the work this summer to prepare for this season,” Speaks said.
Speaks was followed by a group of sophomores including Mike Kinuthia (5th, 15:38), Adrian Guevara (6th, 15:45), Noe Belmares (10th, 16:04) and Colin Grueber (11th, 16:06). Freshmen Sammy Carrasco (12th, 16:07) and Aaron Hillman (14th, 16:26) rounded out the top seven for the Trojans.
National rankings are released on Thursday of this week. The Trojans next competition is the Texas Tech Open on Friday, Sept. 12, in Lubbock, Texas.