Hesston College cross country coach Gerry Sieber signed two runners to letters of intent to compete for the Larks beginning this fall.


Hesston College cross country coach Gerry Sieber signed two runners to letters of intent to compete for the Larks beginning this fall.

Runners signed include Josh Landis of Sterling, Ill., and Mitchell Martin of Milford, Neb.

Landis ran at Sterling (Ill.) High School, where he was named most improved runner for three years. He helped lead his team to a sectional berth last season. His personal bests are 16:32 for three miles and 10:48 for two miles. He is a three-time academic all-conference selection.

“Josh has a strong running resume in both cross country and track and field,” Sieber said. “He understands the subtleties and nuances of running and will adapt well to college competition. I look forward to coaching Josh and his older brother Jacob, who had a banner first year at Hesston.”

Landis is an Illinois State Scholar. He is a member of Community Mennonite Fellowship, where he is active in the youth group. He intends to major in agriculture science.

His parents, Keith and Lois Landis, are HC grads.

Martin was a four-year letterwinner at Milford High School, where he was a four-year state qualifier. He helped lead Milford to second-place state finishes the past two years. He has a personal best time of 16:47 for 5,000 meters.

“Mitchell competed very well for Milford High School, which has a very strong cross country program,” Sieber said. “I anticipate Mitchell will continue to get stronger. He is a quiet, classy young man and will contribute well to our cross country program.”

Martin is a member of the National Honor Society and is a two-time academic all-state selection. He is a member of Bellwood Mennonite Church, where he is active in the youth group.