Women Finish Eighth at Midwest Regional

Men Individual | Women Individual

Men Team | Women Team 

PEORIA, Ill. - Senior Laura Galvan highlighted Kansas State's effort at the Midwest Regional Cross Country Championship in Peoria, Illinois, finishing ninth, individually, and propelling the women's team to an eighth place finish. On the men's side, the Wildcats finished 26th with a final score of 716 points.

Entering today's meet No. 8 in the Midwest Region, the women's team matched their ranking, finishing with an overall total of 283 points. The Wildcats finished behind only regional champion Iowa State and Oklahoma State, fifth overall, among Big 12 teams, and their top-10 finish at regionals is the first time for a K-State women's squad since 2010, when they placed fifth overall.
 

"For the girls to finish eighth in a pretty strong region is great," head coach Ryun Godfrey said. "Laura ran really well and Morgan [Wedekind] had a really good finish at the end to put her at 25th which is All-Midwest Region, that's a pretty big deal."

Galvan and Wedekind's finishes marked the first time since the 2010 season that the Wildcats had two top-25 finishers - Martina Tresch and Sydney Messick took 11th and 15th, respectively, that year. The top-25 efforts also ensured the women's team would have an All-Midwest Region Team member for a now seventh-consecutive season.

Rounding out the notable finishes for the women were Mary Frances Donnelly and Erika Schiller, who finished 37th and 62nd, respectively - career-best regional finishes for both.

For Galvan, it's the third-straight year she has earned All-Midwest Region honors and her ninth place finish is second only to 2012 in her career at regionals, when she took seventh to earn her first NCAA Championship berth.

With at-large bids being available for a select few runners, Godfrey said there is a chance for Galvan to earn her second career berth to the NCAA Championships. Automatic bids are also handed out to individuals who finish in the top-four overall while not being on a team that advances to the championship meet.

"There is still, actually, a chance that she could go," Godfrey said. "They take two at-large individuals, we have to kind of wait and see what will happen."

Galvan was pleased with her performance today and awaits a chance to compete for a final time in her Wildcat cross country career.

"It was a good race today," Galvan said. "Everyone ran really well and I'm really proud of everyone on my team. I think I did everything I could out there, if I make it that would be great, I just really want a chance."

On the men's side, Brett Bachman led the way for the Wildcats in their first 10K race of the season, placing 134th out of a field of 208. First-time regional competitors Colton Donahue and Bryan Zack followed closely behind, taking 140th and 148th. 

"The men did fine in their first 10K of the year," Godfrey said. "It is a pretty young squad so they did a good job considering for quite a few of them."

At-large bids are expected to be announced by the NCAA this coming Sunday, with the championship meet being held next Saturday, Nov. 22, in Terre Haute, Indiana. For more information, visit www.k-statesports.com.

Midwest Regional 

Newman Golf Course

Peoria, Illinois

Team Results

Men's 10K 

1. Oklahoma State; 2. Tulsa; 3. Iowa State; 4. Minnesota; 5. Illinois; 26. K-State

Men Individual Top-5

1. Kirubel Erassa, Oklahoma State (30:09.6); 2. Marc Scott, Tulsa (30:10.4); 3. Sam Penzenstadler, Loyola (Ill.) (30:11.6); 4. Aaron Bartnik, Minnesota (30:12.1); 5. Dan Curts; Kansas (24:16.2).

K-State Men Finishes

134. Brett Bachman (32:18.3); 140. Colton Donahue (32:22.0); 148. Bryan Zack (32:31.0); 150. Jeff Bachman (32:34.4) 171. Fernando Roman (33:02.5); 201. Daniel Worthington (34:29.4)

Women 6K Race

1. Iowa State; 2. Minnesota; 3. Bradley; 4. Tulsa; 5. Oklahoma State; 8. K-State

Women's Individual Top-5

1. Courtney Frerichs, UMKC (19:58.7); 2. Erin Teschuk, NDSU (20:07.4); 3. Monika Juodeskaite (20:08.5); 4. Katy Moen, Iowa State (20:15.7); 5. Crystal Nelson, Iowa State (20:15.8)

K-State Women's Finishes

9. Laura Galvan (20:28.3); 25. Morgan Wedekind (20:54.5); 37. Mary Frances Donnelly (21:01.3); 62. Erika Schiller (21:25.3); 150. Mady Nestor (22:20.6); 156. Jenny McCarty (22:24.0); 188. Alex Miller (22:50.0)