K-State Caps Season With Strong Effort at NCAA Midwest Regional

IOWA CITY, Iowa – In their final race of the 2016 campaign, the Kansas State cross country teams posted strong team finishes as both finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Midwest Regional on the Ashton Cross Country Course in Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday. 

The men went on to finish in 18th place in the 10K race, three spots higher than last season’s 21st-place finish with 491 total points, while the women finished in 21st place with 567 total points. Oklahoma State won the men’s race with 64 points, while Missouri took the women’s title with 83 points. 

In the first race of the day, senior Morgan Wedekind led the way for the Wildcats in her final race in the purple and white, recording a 38th-place finish with a time of 21:08.8. Junior Kayla Doll finished in 83rd place, crossing the finish line in 21:43.1, while true freshman Sydney Collins came in with a time of 22:14.3 in her first NCAA Midwest Regional race to claim 129th place. 

Sophomore Emma Wren was the next Wildcat to cross the finish line, recording a time of 22:31.8 to come in 147th place in the race, followed by true freshman Anna Keeley, who placed 183rd in her first NCAA Regional meet with a time of 23:00.9. Sophomore Amanda Thate, running in her first race of the season, came in 229th with a time of 24:32.7. 

On the men’s side, junior Colton Donahue led the way with a 73rd-place finish after crossing the finish line in 31:45.9. Fellow juniors Bryan Zack and Lukas Koch were the next over the finish line for the Wildcats, posting times of 31:59.8 and 32:12.8 to finish in 83rd place and 95th place, respectively. 

Senior Blake Goodin finished out his cross country career by posting his best finish at a NCAA Midwest Regional, placing 118th with a time of 32:31.4. Sophomore Joe Gorthy improved 13 spots from his 161st-place finish at last season’s race, taking 148th this season with a time of 33:08.5. Freshman Keegan Donahue went on to finish in 174th-place after crossing the finish line in his first regional meet with a time of 33:57.1. 

With the cross country season now concluded, the team now focuses to the track and field schedule. K-State opens the 2016-17 season on December 9 as the Wildcats host the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon, followed by the K-State Winter Invitational on December 10. Both meets will be held in Ahearn Field House.

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NCAA Midwest Regional
Ashton Cross Country Course
Iowa City, Iowa

Men’s Top-5 Team Finishes
1. Oklahoma State – 64 pts.
2. Tulsa – 89 pts.
3. Illinois – 113 pts.
4. Iowa State – 120 pts.
5. Bradley – 135 pts.
18. Kansas State – 491 pts.

Men’s Top-5 Finishes
1. Luke Traynor (Tulsa) – 30:18.5
2. Joshua Thompson (Oklahoma State) – 30:18.8
3. Joel Reichow (South Dakota State) – 30:21.8
4. Hassan Abdi (Oklahoma State) – 30:23.5
5. Dylan Lafond (Illinois) – 30:27.1

K-State Men’s Finishes
73. Colton Donahue - 31:45.9
83. Bryan Zack - 31:59.8
95. Lukas Koch - 32:12.8
118. Blake Goodin - 32:31.4
148. Joe Gorthy - 33:08.5
174. Keegan Donahue - 33:57.1

Women’s Top-5 Team Finishes
1. Missouri – 83 pts.
2. Oklahoma State – 89 pts.
3. Iowa State – 90 pts.
4. Minnesota – 131 pts.
5. Kansas – 154 pts.
21. Kansas State – 567 pts.

Women’s Top-5 Finishes
1. Karissa Schweizer (Missouri) – 19:54.4
2. Sharon Lokedi (Kansas) – 20:00.7
3.  Hope Schmelzle (Northern Illinois) – 20:16.9
4. Aubrey Roberts (Northwestern) – 20:17.1
5. Jamie Kempfer (Missouri) – 20:17.9

K-State Women’s Finishes
38. Wedekind - 21:08.8
83. Kayla Doll - 21:43.1
129. Sydney Collins - 22:14.3
147. Emma Wren - 22:31.8
183. Anna Keeley - 23:00.9
229. Amanda Thate - 24:32.7