Ramos Runs to Qualifying Mark at ISU Classic

AMES, Iowa Competing against over 90 squads, the Kansas State track and field teams completed the first action-packed day at the ISU Classic on Friday. With many events containing over 50 entries, K-State’s Beverly Ramos emerged as the top Cat on the evening with a fourth-place finish and an NCAA provisional qualification in the fast section of the women’s 5000M.


Racing in her first 5000M competition, sophomore Ramos clocked a time of 16:36.29 on the oversized Lied Recreation Center track to earn her first indoor qualification. The mark sits as the fastest oversized time in the event in KSU history, overtaking Trisha Culbertson’s top time of 17:14.42 from the 2005 ISU Classic. Compared against numbers from across the nation, Ramos sits with the ninth-fastest time among NCAA qualifiers this season.


On the men’s side, Colin Swaney placed 10th in the fast section of the 5000M. He crossed the line in a time of 14:39.42 in his first completion of the race.


Senior Marnyka Honeycutt finished 13th in the women’s 200M running which contained 20 heats of 139 student-athletes. Honeycutt ran a mark of 24.66 to mark a new personal best, bettering her time of 24.67 from the Big 12 Championships in 2007 that also took place in Ames, Iowa.


During the 17-heat, 111-person running of the men’s 200M, Wildcat freshman Desmond McGuire finished 20th. The newcomer from Diboll, Texas, ran a time of 21.94 to set a career best; he previously clocked a 22.20 at the Air Force Open on Feb. 9th.


Freshman combined events competitor Rok Derzanic also notched a personal-best effort in the men’s long jump. He recorded a leap of 23-01.75 in the four-flight event.


The Wildcats will continue action at the ISU Classic on Saturday beginning with morning session non-seeded running events. The women’s 3000M will start the competition at 9:25 a.m., while field events begin at 10:30 a.m. with the women’s high jump.