Ramos Crosses First at Jamboree, Sets Record

Stillwater, Okla. Beverly Ramos won the Cowboy Jamboree on Saturday morning, setting a personal best and course record, helping the women’s cross country team to a fifth-place finish.

Ramos finished first in the 6K women’s race with a time of 20:30. The winning women’s team was 24th ranked Northern Arizona with 61 points with an average time of 21:34. The Wildcats ran across the line for a fifth place team finish with 185 points, averaging a time of 22:11.

On the men’s side, Daniel Kirwa from Harding (Ark.), placed first with an 8K time of 23:57. Host team Oklahoma State finished atop the team results with 38 points and an average time of 24:23. The K-State men finished 21st overall averaging a time of 27:33, gathering 523 points.

With the performance, Ramos, a junior from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, won her third consecutive race this season. Clocking at 20:30, Ramos set a new career best 6K time, jumping ahead of the previous best, 20:51, and breaking the course record by 32 seconds. The two wins prior to the Jamboree, Ramos won the races by an average of 30 seconds; Saturday she topped Caroline Karunde of Wayland Baptist by just three seconds.

“I knew it was going to be a really tough race,” said Ramos. “It was going to start fast then at 3K you run into a lot of hills. At 200 meters I passed the top two at the time and just ran as fast as I could. It was such great news (setting the record). Obviously it is a compliment for me and it gives me personal motivation to keep working hard.”

Head coach Michael Smith’s women’s team performed well in the loaded women’s competition finishing ahead of two Big 12 schools Oklahoma and Texas Tech. Liliani Mendez, Megan-Anne Perrin, Emily Dittemore and Boglarka Bozzay rounded out the top five for the Cats finishing in places 12, 48, 55 and 69, respectively. Megan-Anne Perrin performed her best 6K time of her career, crossing at 22:43, pushing the middle of the pack for the Wildcats throughout the race. Bozzay ran in just her second collegiate competition and her first-ever 6K distance.

“We learned today that other people are good too,” said Smith. “So, we are going to have to work a little harder as a team. We had high expectations for this race which we didn’t quite reach but I’m going to encourage them to be a little tougher the next time we race. Some of our women ran quite a bit better for as tough as course as it was, we just need them all to run better if we want to accomplish our goals, and we can.”

The men’s team’s top finisher was Alex Umberger placing 72nd with an 8K time of 26:42. Fellow senior Danny Schneider finish 93rd overall with a time of 27:12. Jack Sachse competed in his first collegiate competition and finished 137th overall and clocked a time of 28:37.

The Wildcats will continue action on Oct. 18 at the Pre-NCAA Invitational, hosted by Indiana in Terre Haute, Ind.