Cross Country Prepares for Postseason in Indiana

MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State Cross Country continues its season this Saturday at the Pre-National Invitational on the La Vern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course located in Terre Haute, Indiana. Action for the Wildcats begins at 11 a.m., with the women's team competing in the 6K blue race, while the men's team will compete in the 8K white race at 12:50 p.m.


Featuring 168 teams and over 1,600 athletes, including four Big 12 teams that the Wildcats will face at next weekend's Big 12 Championships, the Pre-National Invitational is an opportunity for teams to race on the nation's premier cross country course that hosts the NCAA Division I Championship in late November.


In his second meet as head coach for the Wildcats, Ryun Godfrey believes his teams have prepared well and are ready for the competitive test ahead.


"Morgan [Wedekind], Laura [Galvan], Erika [Schiller] and Mary Frances [Donnelly] are on auto pilot," Godfrey said.  "They know what to do, they are experienced, and they are fit."


The Wildcat women's team will face top ranked teams in the country including No. 1 Michigan for a second time this season - the first time being at the Big Ten Preview, where senior Laura Galvan placed fifth amongst Wolverine top runners.


Last season saw four Wildcat women, Galvan, Martina Tresch, Mary Frances Donnelly and Morgan Wedekind set personal best times at the Pre-National Invitational. The women's team went on to finish 30th in the blue race, while the men's team finished 16th in the white race.


Wedekind, says the women's team, coming off a strong third-place finish at the Chile Pepper Festival earlier this month, will continue to stick to their plan of action and use it is a recipe for success.


"I'm excited to go out and compete against the best teams and the best girls and see how everyone on the team does," Wedekind said. "I feel like we will be more rested for this week and we have had a good week of training. I'm interested to see how it carries over to the meets."


The men's team will compete in the white race for a chance to receive at-large points to potentially compete at the NCAA Championship.


"We had a good week of training, just trying to get ready for the weekend," Godfrey said. "This will be a good test because there are a lot of ranked teams competing. We are excited; this is the next step that we need to take to get ready for Big 12's. This is a good meet to see more competitive people and add some good competition for our next step."


Following competition on Saturday, K-State will continue post season competition with the Big 12 Championships on Nov. 1 in Lawrence, Kansas. For more information on this weekend's action, as well as the rest of the Wildcats' schedule, visit