CCC harriers compete at Emporia

By Steve Sell
September 24, 2016

EMPORIA — Central Christian College’s cross country team competed Friday in the Papa John’s Invitational hosted by Emporia State.

Five Tigers took part for the men, one running unattached, and just three women ran due to injuries.

"Overall, we had a good day today.  Our team has been working on trying to hammer the middle miles of a race and I was pleased with how we did that,” CCC coach Mike Anderson said. “It was a pretty tough field with several D-II schools in the mix, but I was pleased with our team's attitude and mentality heading into the race.”

Joe Capuchino led the way for the men with a 45th-place finish.

“I feel that our men's team is right on the edge of making a breakthrough this season and I think it will happen soon,” Anderson said. 

Chelby Draper, running unattached, finished 85th in her first 5K of the year to lead the CCC women.

“I was proud of our women today,” Anderson said. “They have been banged up with some injuries, but overall I felt good about their effort. They have had a good week of training and it is really starting to come together for them.  She has been a little banged up with injuries, but I think a healthy Chelby can be a great runner for us.”

The Tigers go west to Denver next week to take part in the Roadrunner Invitational hosted by Metro State University.