Women first, men second at FHSU Open

Freshman Mauro Arancibia and the Trojan cross country team finished second at the FHSU Open at Sand Plum in Victoria Oct. 7 (photo courtesy of Fort Hays State University).
Freshman Mauro Arancibia and the Trojan cross country team finished second at the FHSU Open at Sand Plum in Victoria Oct. 7 (photo courtesy of Fort Hays State University).

Running on a rain-soaked course Saturday the Colby Community College women's cross country team took first and the men second at the FHSU Tiger Open hosted at Sand Plum in Victoria.  

"It was a great day to be a Trojan," said head coach Cameron Rieth. "With the conditions like they were, we knew times were not going to be the best. With some portions of the course being six inches under water, the course kept getting worse as more races were run on it."

The women, ranked No. 8 nationally, competed in the Black division. Led by a fifth place finish turned in by Sharon Kimutai (19:15), the Lady Trojans had an overall score of 79 points for the top 5 runners. Aileen Gurrola (20:00) finished 12th and Jessica Gamez-Ramos was 15th with a time of 20:04. MacKenzie Dill (20:12), Trizer Wangari (20:33),Jessenia Ixta (20:52), Gaven Murphy (21:16), Allison Hiatt (21:34), Emily Westeman (22:30), and Erika Alvarado (24:18) also helped Colby finish ahead of 13 other colleges.  

All-American Winnie Kibet ran in the Gold division as an individual. She finished first with a time of 18:00 ahead of 165 other competitors.

"Our women ran tough," Rieth said. "They really responded to the challenge of running without Winnie today. They had a great pack time."

The 17th ranked Trojan men also had a score of 79 points for the top five runners. Teammates Oscar Leyva (25:50) and Emmanuel Kipngetich (25:51) had a tight finish to earn second and third places. Mauro Arancibia came in 19th with a time of 27:26. Other Colby athletes competing included Austin Russell (27:51), Roberto Silva (27:57), Gibson Weydeveld (28:00), Amilcar "Tito" Gonzalez (28:46), Caleb Carrasco (29:28) and Stephen Lott (31:32).

Rieth is looking forward to what the men will do at the end of the season. "We ran tough, but will have to close that pack time for us do anything as a team. I believe we have the potential to do so."

Both teams have a couple of weeks off from competition to get ready for the NJCAA Region VI Championship in Garden City on Oct. 30.