Women Cruise to First Place Finish at J.K. Gold Classic

Sep 7, 2011K-State AthleticsResults (PDF)

AUGUSTA, Kan. - The Kansas State Cross Country team kicked off the 2013 season with a first place finish from the women's team and a second place finish from the men at the J.K. Gold Classic (4K/6K).

Junior Laura Galvan finished first overall with a time of 13:49.72, while senior Martina Tresch, who competed in her first race since Nov. 2011, finished second with a time of 14:00.60.

For Galvan this is her second career first place finish - the first time being last November at the Woody Greeno Invitational. She enjoyed the victory, but knows that the season is just beginning.

"I just wanted to race a good time and run my race," Galvan said. "We will keep getting better, we had six girls in the top 10 and I was really happy with how we performed."

K-State Head Coach Mike Smith expected this type of performance out of Galvan.

"Laura just took off from the beginning of the race and was basically by herself for the entire race." Smith said. "She ran the race she needed to run and won the race."

Joining Galvan and Tresch in the top 10 were freshman Morgan Wedekind (14:29.09), junior Erika Schiller (14.31:78) and sophomore Mary Frances Donnelly (14.32:51), who finished fourth, fifth and six, respectively. Freshman Heather Ruder (14.53:15) rounded out the top 10 by finishing tenth.

Smith was quite pleased with how well his team performed at the meet and expects it to continue for future meets.

"We pretty much dominated the race, they went out there and ran their race, ended up with six in the top 10," Smith said. "This was Martina's first collegiate race since November 2011 and I thought she did very well, Morgan ran very well for her first collegiate race and Erika and Mary just continued where they left off last year."

On the men's side the Wildcats had five runners place in the top 15 despite being without top runner Fernando Roman. Freshmen Jeff Bachman (19.26:20) and Lukas Koch (19.29:50) led the Wildcat men with fourth and fifth place finishes respectively.

Smith said the heat was a considerable factor for the K-State men and thinks the squad will only improve from this effort.

"Jeff and Lukas both ran a pretty good overall race for it being their first collegiate race considering the conditions," Smith said. "When they started the race at 10 a.m., it was already 85 degrees outside. Once it gets cooler I am sure you will see more improvement."

Alongside Bachman and Koch were freshman Kain Ellis (13th- 20.13:50), sophomore Lucas Demott (14th- 20.15:10) and freshman Brett Bachman (15th- 20.15:70).

K-State next travels to Lincoln Neb., for the Woody Greeno Invitational on Sept. 21.