HESSTON — The 2012 Hesston College men’s and women’s cross country teams were recently recognized for outstanding academic achievements during the 2012 season.?According to the NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association, both Hesston programs finished in the top two of the national academic team standings.?Hesston’s men’s program recorded a 3.833 grade-point-average, falling just short of the number one overall ranking. The women’s program finished even higher, earning a national-best 3.915 team GPA. Each team had three members who earned a 4.0 grade point average.?On the heels of last year’s academic success (both programs finished with top 10 team rankings), coach Gerry Sieber’s Larks have set a high academic standard. Hesston Cross Country thrived on the course in 2012, as both teams were nationally ranked at times throughout the season.?“When you consider all of the intangible elements of this achievement, it is rather remarkable,” Sieber said. “Our student-athletes have a lot on their plates besides their sport and classes. Most have campus jobs, some serve in other roles such as resident assistants, ministry assistants and student ambassadors.”?Receiving Academic All-American recognition on the women’s team are Jenae Hershberger (Goshen, Ind.), Michelle Moyer (Monticello, Ill.), Becca Slabaugh (Goshen, Ind.), Kayla Stevenson (Meade), Hannah Weaver (Inola, Okla.) and Sierra Wyse (Mt. Pleasant, Iowa). Representing the men as Academic All-Americans are Hugo Chavez (Brownsville, Texas), Jacob Landis (Sterling, Ill.), Josh Landis (Sterling, Ill.), Martin Mitchell (Milford, Neb.) and Jerek Shoemaker (Newton).?“This academic accomplishment is a testament to the culture of the college and to the kind of people who make Hesston College a special place,” Sieber added. “Everyone on Hesston’s campus has contributed to our runners’ success. This is the epitome of the Hesston Experience—the symbiosis of contributing to and being recipients of the educational community here.”