Wildcats DMR Qualifies for NCAA's

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State track and field team sent a women’s distance medley relay tandem to Notre Dame this weekend with the mission of qualifying for the NCAA Championship. The team of Beverly Ramos, TiAra Walpool, Boglarka Bozzay and Liliani Mendez did more than that.


The team posted an automatic qualifying time of 11:07.41 to finish second at the Alex Wilson Invitational on Friday night. Assistant track and field coach and distance coach Michael Smith said it was one of the best performances in school history.


“All of them ran very well,” Smith said. “It’s not a school record because it was run on an oversized track, but it is significantly faster than any other time run by a K-State team.”


All four student-athletes ran some of their fastest times in their respective legs. Ramos opened the race with a hand-timed 1,200 meters at 3:26.3. Walpool followed with a 54.3 leg in the 400 meters. Bozzay ran the 800 meters in 2:09.7 and Mendez closed the race with a 4:37 mile.


“It’s not much of a surprise if you look at how they competed at the Big 12 meet,” Smith said. “They competed with the best in the Big 12 last week and they ran well. They punched their ticket and we’ll get ready for next week.”


The DMR will join Loren Groves on the women’s side at the NCAA Indoor Championship next week in College Station, Texas. The men will bring high jumper Scott Sellers and heptathlete Moritz Cleve. Provisional qualifiers for the Wildcats will have to wait to see if their marks are good enough to go to the national championship.