Men Eye Improvement in 2015

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A disappointing 2014 season is bringing Kansas State’s men’s cross country team closer together as they prepare for the 2015 campaign. 

The squad is looking to improve on its overall performance from last season, and second-year head coach Ryun Godfrey believes he has seen the improvements over the summer leading up to the start of the 2015 season.

“I think they are much improved from last year. Everybody has been working hard and I am proud of the group’s efforts to this point,” Godfrey said. “They are a pretty tight group. I think I can see that even more this year than I could a year ago.”

The men’s side will return 12 runners from last season and add three newcomers to the 2015 roster. 

One runner that is primed for a good season is Colton Donahue. Donahue ran in five races, including a 19th place finish at the J.K. Gold Classic Duals, while he clocked a season-best time of 26:22.9 at the Big 12 Championships.

“Colton has made great improvements from a year ago,” Godfrey said. “He did not have a good summer of training last year. He had some injuries he was dealing with so he came into the season pretty unfit. We saw some glimmers of what he was capable of during the track season. He had a really good summer so he is in good shape.” 

Also looking to improve on last season’s marks are Brett and Jeff Bachman. Jeff notched a season-best 24th-place finish at the Big Ten Preview, while Brett finished a season-best 25th at the J.K. Gold Classic Duals.

“The Bachman’s are pretty reliable guys,” Godfrey said about the two brothers. “They train hard and they are pretty consistent”

Godfrey is also looking for his three newcomers to help improve the team’s overall performance from last season. He believes freshman Joe Gorthy is a runner that can make an impact right away. 

One of three finalists for the Metro Runner of the Year award, Gorthy won the individual 6A Regional title in cross country and helped Blue Valley High School win the Class 6A team title. He was also named First Team All-Metro by the Greater Kansas City Cross Country Coaches Association (GKCCCCA).

“I do not put a lot of expectations on freshman,” Godfrey said. “But Joe Gorthy is a guy who has looked good.”

The 2015 season will kick off in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Bob Timmons Classic on September 1. 

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