TERRY MASTERSON TWILIGHT CLASSIC
When: Friday, August 30, 2019
Hutchinson CC Sports Information
With the lights glaring and the music blasting, the fourth annual Terry Masterson Twilight Classic is set for Friday night at Fun Valley.
The Hutchinson Community College men's and women's cross country teams will play host to 13 other teams on Friday. The women's race begins at 8:30 p.m. and the men's race will start around 9:05 p.m.
At 8:15 p.m., there will be a moment of silence to honor Masterson, the long-time Blue Dragon cross country and track and field coach who passed away in July.
"Some of our runners were asking about where the name of the meet came from," Blue Dragon head coach Justin Riggs said. "I shared with the team some experiences I had with him. I ran for Coach Masterson, to me, it means a little more this year. I hope some of (Masterson's) runners come out on Friday to watch."
The field promises to be strong with eight Jayhawk Conference teams competing. In addition to the Blue Dragons, Butler, Cloud County, Dodge City, Garden City, Neosho County, Hesston College and Cowley College will compete. Non-KJCCC schools to run are Southwestern College, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Panhandle State, McPherson College, Central Christian College and Johnson and Wales University.
There will be 113 men's entries and 64 women's entries in 2019.
"With all the conference teams in, that will give us a good early look as how the conference will be," Riggs said. "Cloud County is returning some really good runners and Butler will be very good."
The course at Fun Valley runs around all six softball field and one trip around is a mile. The women's race will run 3 miles and the men's race will run 4 miles.
The Blue Dragons look to defense both men's and women's titles on Friday night. Blue Dragon sophomore Andrew Kibet is the defending Masterson Twilight individual men's champion. Kibet also owns the Masterson Twilight men's record of 19:32.70. Barton's Mirena Goncalves owns the women's record at 18:07.31 set in 2017.
"The freshmen have never run under the lights before, but the sophomores know what it's like. It's a fun atmosphere. The kids are looking forward to it."