K-State Sweeps Missouri State Classic

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Kansas State swept the competition on Saturday as both the men’s and women’s cross country teams walked away from the Missouri State Classic with their second consecutive pair of first-place finishes.

 

The Wildcats are happy to have gained some experience on the Missouri State Cross Country Course as it is also the hosting course for the Midwest Regional Championships in November.

 

In her first race this season, Kansas State senior Beverly Ramos captured the individual title in the women’s 5K race while Cosmas Ayabei of University of Missouri-Kansas City's took home the individual title in the men’s 8K race.

 

K-State's women's team had an impressive outing, which was led by Ramos with a time of 17:15.9, nearly 10 seconds ahead of the next competitor. Behind Ramos, a squad of Wildcat runners crossed the line in places three-four-eight-11 as Martina Tresch, Sydney Messick, Boglarka Bozzay, and Alyssa Bellinder provided the Wildcats with enough support to spark an overall score or 27 and a first-place victory at the Classic.

“It was so great to get back out on a course,” Ramos said. “I’ve been training very hard and was enthusiastic and excited to start running in a competition again. Our entire team ran very strong and very smart. We improved our tactics during the race and worked well together as a team. The main objective for this meet was to get a feel for the course before the regional championships.”

 

For the second consecutive meet, sophomore Armando Del Valle led the K-State men with an overall second-place individual finish and a time of 25.41.1. Freshmen Mitch Loring, Kyle Hanson and Travis Boyett helped build the supporting cast as all three finished in the top-10 along with Del Valle to assist the men in capturing their second team title this season.

“We executed our race plan pretty well,” head coach Michael Smith said. “We have to continue to train at a high level, but it was a great opener for our entire team and we look forward to what the rest of the season will bring.”

 

The Wildcats have a week off before traveling to Brookings, S.D. on Oct. 3.