K-State Returns to Action at the Cowboy Jamboree

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State cross country teams return to action on Saturday as the team travels to Stillwater, Oklahoma to race in the Cowboy Jamboree. The women’s 6k is set for 9:15 a.m. CST, followed by the men’s 8k at 9:45 a.m. CST. 

The race will be the teams’ first competition since September 5, where they earned a split at the WSU J.K. Gold Classic Duals in Wichita, Kansas. 

“After a few weeks of solid training, everybody is antsy to put the uniform back on and put the spikes back on see where they are,” head coach Ryun Godfrey said. “We are going into the weekend with some heavy training so I am not expecting anything earth-shattering, but I am expecting a really good effort.”

Godfrey has been pleased with his teams’ performance in practice since the last race, and he hopes that those results carry over from training to Saturday’s race. 

“In practice we are packed up pretty good,” Godfrey said. “There is a pretty tight group with not a lot of separation. Hopefully we can duplicate that in a race.”

Among those competing for the Wildcats on Saturday is Morgan Wedekind, who finished in second place with a time of 18:25.1 at the Bob Timmons Invitational on September 1 and Kain Ellis, who placed eighth at the WSU J.K. Gold Classic Duals with a time of 19:18.3.

Saturday’s competition will also give the Wildcats an opportunity to scout the course as they continue to prepare for the Big 12 Championships, which will also be held in Stillwater, on October 31. 

“This is a good opportunity to see what the course is like. Once you experience it, you can visualize yourself a little bit easier when you are going into the Big 12s a month from now. You will know what to expect. It is a hilly course with wood chips on the path, so if you describe it to someone they are kind of wondering what it is like. I think it is good to experience. That is our objective, to get that done this weekend.”

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