Kiptoo wins his second event, Cloud men finish third at Fort Hays State University Tiger Open

Cloud County freshman Dennis Kiptoo won the Fort Hays State University Tiger Open with a time of 24:43.3
Cloud County freshman Dennis Kiptoo won the Fort Hays State University Tiger Open with a time of 24:43.3

HAYS, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College cross country teams made their way out west on Saturday, posting strong finishes at the Fort Hays State University Tiger Open.

Highlighting the early morning was Cloud County freshman Dennis Kiptoo earned his second event win of the season, finishing first out of 175 runners with a time of 24:43.3.

Fellow freshman Kenyi Santino joined Kiptoo in the top-5 with a fourth-place finish in 25:08.4, helping the T-Birds to a third-place finish as a team with 76 points. Colby Community College won the event with 55 points, followed by Hutchinson Community College in second (57).

Cloud County also received scoring times from freshman Kwanele Mthembu (17th, 26:21.4), sophomore Thom Reynders (26:53.2) and Pike Valley graduate Anton Reeves (61st, 27:41.1).

Freshman Ablel Gebreselase finished 69th overall with a time of 27:47.8 and sophomore Burke Deters also cracked the top-100, crossing the finish line in 28:22.0, to round of Cloud County's top finishers.

In the women's race, sophomore Janne Hamisi continued her strong season after converting from soccer as she finished 56th overall out of 113 runners with a time of 21:31.3

Sophomore runner Sadie Jones followed in 91st place (23:19.1), with sophomore Rebekah Thomas (97th, 23:40.4) and freshman Reagan Emerson (98th, 23:41.1) close behind.

Saturday served as the final tune-up for the T-Birds before they compete in two weeks at the Region VI/KJCCC Championships in Winfield, Kansas. Action gets underway at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.