GCCC cross country back to competing

GCCC Sports Information

HUTCHINSON - After six tumultuous months, college sports made their debut in the Jayhawk Conference on Friday night.

In the school's first competition since March, Garden City Community College didn't place as a team, but did have some standout individual performances including freshman Eli Handsaker, who paced the team with a 39th place finish (23:55.4) at the Terry Masterson Twilight Classic at Hutchinson Community College.

"The men did a great job of being competitive in their college debut," first-year Head Coach Emmett Statzer said. "We made moves when we needed to and moved up throughout the race."

Behind Handsaker was teammate Jose Ruiz, who came in less than a minute behind at 24:25.3, good for 44th place. Johnny Lozana landed at 52nd place (25:41.7) and Erick Almaraz capped off the night with a time of 26:16.6.

"These guys wanted to set a new standard for Garden City Cross County, and they set the bar high," Statzer added. "The future looks promising for this team."

Cloud County's Habtamu Geta won the individual mile with a time of 20:13.5 while Allen County took home the team title with 49 points.

Garden City returns to action on Friday when they take part in the Ollie Isom Invitational in El Dorado, the first 8K of the season.