K-State Set For Woody Greeno Invitational

MANHATTAN, Kan. – After a strong start to the 2016 season, the Kansas State cross country team hits the road to Lincoln, Nebraska to compete in the Woody Greeno Invitational on Saturday at Pioneers Park. The competition is slated for a 10 a.m., CT start. 

“We should have three freshmen girls in the top five tomorrow,” head coach Ryun Godfrey said. “Morgan Wedekind is still a bit down from her illness, but I am hoping she can race well tomorrow.”

“As for the men, I am hoping Joe Gorthy can have a better race tomorrow than he did at the Augustana Twilight,” Godfrey continued. “He just needs to be more patient. Kain Ellis is sick and will sit out tomorrow, so we will need someone to step up and fill his shoes. Also, Lukas Koch and Kurt Loevenstein are underperforming, so I am looking for them to begin to turn the corner in the next couple of races.”

Saturday’s race will be the first time the Wildcats have travelled to the Cornhusker State to compete at the Woody Greeno Invitational since the 2013 season. At that meet, the women recorded a second-place finish while the men finished in sixth place. 

Highlighting the 2013 meet was Laura Galvan, who finished in second place with a time of 21:23.92. On the men’s side, Koch, now a senior on the team, posted the best result for the men, taking 26th place with a time of 26:47.17. 

K-State is coming off an impressive opening meet in South Dakota, as the women and men both recorded second-place finishes at the Augustana Twilight. Wedekind highlighted the meet by recording the team’s first first-place finish since the 2014 season with a time of 16:26.08.

Junior Colton Donahue posted the top men’s mark at the Augustana Twilight, finishing in fourth place with a time of 19:14.98. A complete recap of the Wildcats’ first race can be found here.

More information on the meet, including competition times and live results, can be found here

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