WICHITA — Once some paperwork is figured out, Central Christian College’s cross country team could have a successful season.
The Tigers opened their season on Saturday in the J.K. Gold Classic hosted by Wichita State and had six runners compete unattached as they are waiting to be cleared by the NAIA due to transcript issues.
“We had a good day and had a lot of positives happen for an early season meet,” new Central coach Mike Anderson said. “The course was shorter than usual, with the women running 4K and the men running 6K. I wanted to run something short early to help us learn to be aggressive. Also, we have a lot of freshmen, so this gave them a taste of collegiate level cross country.”
CCC freshman Joe Capuchino placed third among the NAIA athletes at 20:31 as the meet was dominated by Wichita State and its convoy of runners. On the women's side, freshman Alex Del Bosque placed seventh among the NAIA competitors.
“Overall, I was pleased with the way we competed,” Anderson said. “I think this is a good foundation for the rest of the season and I am looking forward the great things for our team.”
Central goes to Sterling Saturday.
• MEN •
26. Joe Capuchino, 20:31.8
47. Kameron Blanding, 22:52.8
49. Esteban Lagunas, 23:42.9
51. Chase Nichols, 25:52.7
52. Trevor Sykes, 25:59.1
• WOMEN •
29. Alex Del Bosque, 16:46.5
46. Cierra Hess, 19:20
43. Chelby Draper, 18:30.1
47. Alyssa Johnson, 20:04.4
48. Meghan Morey, 21:55.7