On a cold and snowy Friday afternoon, the CCC men's and women's cross country teams travelled to El Dorado to take part in the Ollie Isom Cross Country Invitational, a race hosted by Butler County Community College.
It was a much smaller race including only teams from Butler, Dodge City Community College, Neosho County, and Cloud County.
The Tigers were the only four year school among the participants though with only freshmen and sophomores on this year's squad, the Tigers fit right in.
The race was shorter as well. In their previous races, the Tiger women have run a 5K while the men have run an 8K. In the race on Friday however, the women ran a 4K and the men ran a 5K.
In the women's race, the Tigers were paced by Briana Rudiger who finished in 15th place with a time of 18:06.06.
Elyse Merritt, Amanda Curtis, and Ciara Hess finished 24th, 25th, and 26th with times of 20:19.28, 20:23.78, and 21:02.56.
For the men the Tigers fastest runner all season has been Dean Danner. Danner continued to pace the Tiger men and got a top ten finish in Friday's race. Danner finished with a time of 18:13.41 good enough for 7th place.
The winning time for the men's race was 15:45.56.
Dustin Welch and Guillermo Flores were the only other racers for the Tiger men. Welch finished in 12th place with a time of 18:59.06 and Flores finished in 21st place with a time of 21:22.59.
"Both the men and women came out and gave all they had despite the conditions,” Tiger coach Brock Glenn said. “It was a cold snowy day, but everyone ran their best and we had success.”
Glenn was complimentary of Danner’s performance Friday.
“I was proud how he ran his own race,” Glenn said. “Dustin ran hard as well and is getting better each race. Guillermo had a great kick to finish the race.
Glenn said Rudiger continued to move up as she ran the women’s race.
Bre led the girls, finishing strong,” Glenn said. “Elyse, Amanda, and Cierra all ran well and continue to improve every meet. Overall, it was a good day and a fun experience to be able to run through the big snowflakes!"
Both Tiger teams are off until Nov. 9 when they will compete in the MCAC conference championships.