K-State Cross Country Ready for New Season

Martina tresch

Aug. 30, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s and women’s cross country team will look to build off of the success from last year as they prepare for the 2011-2012 season.

Head Coach Michael Smith hopes his teams can replicate the same success that included a bid to the NCAA Championships for the women’s team.

Kansas State will kick off the season on Saturday when they travel to Wichita for the Wichita State Gold Dual Classic. Last season K-State swept the competition on route to first place finishes for the men’s and women’s teams. Three weeks later the Wildcats travel to Minneapolis, Minn. for the Roy Griak Invitational. On October 16th K-State returns to Terre Haute, Ind. for the Pre-National Invitational. The women’s team had a breakthrough moment on this course last season as the Wildcats finished 10th overall for their best finish at the meet. Kansas State rounds out the season with the Big 12 Championship on October 29th and the Midwest Region Championship on November 12th.

“We are positioned to repeat in the Big 12 top 6 performance from a year ago if our returners can make some improvements and the newcomers are able to adapt to the speed,” said Smith.

The women’s team will return four of its top seven runners from last year’s team which placed 25th at the NCAA Championships. Junior Martina Tresch will look to build off a strong 2010 season where she finished 52nd overall at the NCAA Championships. With the departure of senior Sydney Messick, Tresch is expected to lead the Wildcats into the new season. Senior Boglarka Bozzay looks to help the Wildcats return to the NCAA as she prepares for her final campaign. Sophomore Avery Clifton will try to build off a strong freshman year as she continues improve for her second season. Freshmen Laura Galvan and Ericka Schiller are expected to provide strong depth for the team. The women’s team will start the season ranked sixth in the Midwest Region and are receiving votes in the national poll.

The men’s team will look to be a competitive force in the Big 12 this year. Sophomore Adam Porter is ready to lead after a strong freshman year. K-State will have good depth with senior Armando Del Valle bringing a wealth of experience as well as juniors Kyle Hanson and Lane Porter.