Wildcats Compete Well at Pre-NCAA Meet

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Kansas State cross country teams had a promising outing on Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind., where they ran in the competitive Pre-National Invitational hosted by Indiana State. Beverly Ramos finished sixth in the 6K women's blue race helping the women's team to an overall 14th place finish.

Colorado, the No. 19 women's team in the nation, won the women's blue race with an overall score of 94 points. Colorado's Jenny Barringer finished first overall with a 6K time of 19:50.9. In the 8K men's open race, Terence Prial from Columbia finished first overall with a time of 24:56.8.

The invitational hosted 147 teams including eight of the top 10 nationally ranked men's teams and seven of the top 10 women's teams. In the blue race, 37 total teams competed including Colorado, Iowa State and Nebraska from the Big 12.

Out of a field of 249 runners, Ramos placed sixth overall with a time of 20:36.3, just three seconds behind the third-place competitor. Her sixth place finish now gives her three consecutive top-10 finishes. She finished second among the other 26 Big 12 runners in the competition.

Junior Sydney Messick also had a stellar performance finishing 19th overall and second among her Wildcat teammates. Her time of 21:09.5 is her new career best in a 6K race. Freshman Martina Tresch also had a strong showing finishing 60th overall with a time of 21:44.6 in her first career race at the 6K distance. Rounding out the K-State women was sophomore Boglarka Bozzay and junior Alyssa Bellinder who finished 152nd and 176th respectively.

"Beverly ran a great race," said head coach Michael Smith. "She ran very smart and finished better than a year ago. Her run today was an All-American run. She does this week in and week out and we are looking forward to seeing what she can do in the championship meets."

In his first career race as a Wildcat, freshman Tom O'Connell lead the K-State men in the 8K open race with a 31st place finish and a time of 26:13.3. Behind O'Connell, freshman Kyle Hanson finished 41st overall with a time of 26:26.4.

K-State cross country will have a week off before heading to Columbia, Mo., for the Big 12 Championships on October 31st.