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Tyler Cundith, sports information director, ext. 3122

Cross Country - Johnson County competes at nationals for a final time


Cross Country - Johnson County competes at nationals for a final time

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the NJCAA Cross Country Championships for the final time in program history Nov. 11 at Fort Dodge Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The men placed 23rd in the 44-team field, and the Lady Cavaliers came in 32nd out of 42 teams. Iowa Central Community College men’s and women’s teams won national championships.

Sophomore Kyle McRoberts capped his career at Johnson County by earning NJCAA Coaches All-America honors. He placed 34th overall out of 320 competitors. He finished the 8k course in 26:13.3, bettering his personal-best time by three seconds.

McRoberts , team  team’s MVP after his freshman season, posted four top 10 finishes in 2017, including the Region VI and East Jayhawk Conference Championships. He placed fifth in the region and runner-up in the conference. McRobert is JCCC’s first top five finisher in 11 years at regionals. The last to finish in the top five was James Tong in 2006 when he placed third. Overall, McRoberts he is the ninth individual in team history to post a top five effort.

Sophomore Sam Hengeli raced to a 67th place finish with a time of 26:50.7. He had a strong season posting two top 10 finishes.

Sophomore Ducan Gakuru (122nd-27:38.0), sophomore Souleymane Adam (196th-28:26.9) and freshman Trey Seaba (224th-28:53.4) round out the rest of the Cavaliers’ runners.

On the women’s side, sophomore Yulissa DelaTorre, last year’s team MVP, was Johnson County’s top performer again this  year. She placed 54th among the 309 runners, navigating the 5k course in 19:37.5.  Earlier this year, she earned All-Region VI and East Jayhawk Conference honors. She also posted four top-10 finishes on the year, and had nine top-10s in her career.

Rounding out the rest of women’s competitors were sophomore Jessaly Rivet-Tissot (148th-20:47.6), freshman Emma Stimatze (246th-22:37.6), freshman Jacinta King (252nd-22:45.3) and freshman Mikayla Lisher (303rd-26:28.9).


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