Galvan Earns Top Ten Finish at Midwest Regionals

K-State's Laura Galvan competes in the JK Gold Classic in Wichita, Kansas on September 1, 2012. (Joseph Myers)

Nov. 9, 2012

Women's Complete Results

Men's Complete Results

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Kansas State sophomore Laura Galvan continued her strong season as she placed seventh at the Midwest Regional Championships on Friday finishing with a time of 20:45.72.

As a team, the Wildcat women finished 19th by scoring 451 points. No. 2 Iowa State continued its momentum from winning the Cyclones’ second straight Big 12 Championship two weeks ago. The Cyclones won the meet by earning 63 points, claiming their third straight Midwest Regional Championship. Oklahoma State, the 21st ranked team in the nation, placed second by scoring 95 points. Rounding out the top three was No. 28 Minnesota by scoring 96 points.

By finishing in the top two Iowa State and Oklahoma State automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships on November 17 at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.

The Wildcat women also had a standout performance from freshman Mary Frances Donnelly. She earned a time of 21:48.04, good for a 39th place finish.

Selections for at-large teams and individuals to the NCAA Championships will be announced on Sunday evening, and K-State Head Coach Michael Smith believes Galvan has a shot at an individual bid. Athletes can qualify automatically as an individual by finishing in the top four overall while not being on a team that advances to the championship meet. At-large bids are also available for a select few runners.

“She is the fifth-place individual in our region due to the teams of two runners ahead of her qualifying for the NCAA Championships,” Smith said. “After the top four automatically qualify, they then select the next two from the highest fifth-place individual finishes across the country.

“Since Galvan and another runner in the mountain region were fifth, they go to a tiebreaker. As of now, we believe Galvan will be a final qualifier for the NCAA Championships.”

Smith also believed that Galvan ran her best race of the season although the weather was tough to compete in.

“Today was a tough day to run. It was warm and windy,” Smith said. “There were 20 mph winds and it hit the runners hard throughout the race. It was hard to run but she ran the best race of the year when weather conditions were not ideal.

“She ran controlled, was in the top 10 on the first loop and was in the top six for the majority of the race. However, she got passed during the last part of the race and then finished seventh and beat a lot of people that were ahead of her at the Big 12 Championships.”

Galvan was also pleased with how she ran given the weather conditions and has high hopes for advancing to the NCAA Championship.

“I was feeling good. The training I have done has been working for me,” Galvan said. “I ran a smarter race today than I have before. I was there in the top 10 the entire race.

“I am happy because the NCAA’s would be an experience I can take with me next year and come back stronger. It will be good for me because next year I believe it will really be helpful to gain the experience and confidence from competing against the best.”

The K-State men’s team finished 21st, scoring 587 points. No. 1 Oklahoma State and No. 8 Oklahoma tied for first place by scoring 45 points. Ryan Hershner had the highest individual finish for the Wildcat men, finishing 91st with a time of 32:40.74.

The Cowboys and Sooners also dominated the men’s meet on an individual level. Both teams combined for nine top 12 finishes, including six top 10’s as each team had three top 10 finishes.

Women’s Team Results:
1. No.2 Iowa State, 63 points
2. No. 21 Oklahoma State, 95 points
3. No. 28  Minnesota, 96 points
19. Kansas State, 451 points

Women’s Individual Results:
7. Laura Galvan, 20:45.72
39. Mary Frances Donnelly, 21:48.04
64. Erika Schiller, 22:10.3
160. Paige Kochuyt, 23:54.92

Men’s Team Results:
1. No. 8 Oklahoma, 45 points
1. No. 1 Oklahoma State, 45 points
3. No. 19 Tulsa, 47 points
21. Kansas State, 587 points

Men’s Individual Results:
91. Ryan Hershner, 32:40.74
99. Kyle Hanson, 32:52.54
128. Lane Porter, 33:24.84
134. Daniel Worthington, 33:35.45
143. Fernando Roman, 33:53.50
179. Blake Goodin, 35:37.25