Hutchinson CC Sports Information
EMPORIA – The No. 10-nationally ranked Hutchinson Community College men's cross country team made another statement on Saturday by winning the Emporia State University Invitational at Jones Park.
The Blue Dragons have now won three-straight team championships in as many events this season, twice beating Jayhawk Conference and Region VI rival Cloud County by narrow margins.
At ESU, the Blue Dragons scored 52 team points, edging Cloud County by eight points.
The team title came down to the fifth runners on Saturday. Hutchinson's first four runners placed 1-5-13-16, while the Thunderbirds had the advantage through four runners with finishes of 2-3-4 and 16. Hutch's Jared Stark beat Cloud's fifth runner by 15 places to turn the team race toward the Blue Dragons.
Kibet won his third men's individual title with a time of 26 minutes, 9.3 seconds. Sylvestre Kibarar was fifth in 26:45.0. Brett Hillabrand was 13th in 27:23.6. Connor Kaufman was 16th in 27:35.8 and Stark's time was 27:47.0.
The Blue Dragons will run at the Fort Hays State Invitational next Saturday in Victoria.