Wildcats End Fall Season at Midwest Regionals

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.- The Kansas State cross country teams ended their 2006 campaigns at the Midwest Regional Championships, Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. The women’s team took home a 14th-place finish in the event, while the men’s team finished 15th.


Leading the men for the second straight race was sophomore Alex Umberger. The Maize, Kan., native recorded a 63rd-place finish with a 10K time of 32:45.34. Umberger led the Wildcats at the Big 12 Championships two weeks earlier finishing 64th.


Behind Umberger, sophomores Colin Swaney and Kory Cool finished 68th and 85th, respectively. Swaney turned in a time of 32:56.79 as Cool clocked a 33:16.19 time.


On the women’s side, sophomore Liliani Mendez led the Wildcats for the sixth time this season finishing 28th. The Dorado, Puerto Rico native improved on her finish last year at the Midwest Regionals by 22 places.


Freshman Lindsay Pierson turned in a solid performance in her first Midwest Regional appearance, crossing the line in 22:42.67 for a 63rd-place showing. Pierson finished as the Wildcats’ No. 2 runner in five of the seven races in her inaugural season, and was K-State’s front runner at the Bob Timmons Invitational on Sept. 2.


The Oklahoma State Cowboys claimed the men’s regional title with 72 points, while the Illinois women’s team won with 44 points.


Complete season statistics for K-State cross country can be found at www.k-statesports.com.



Final Results

Men:                                                     Women:

63. Alex Umberger         32:45.34            28. Liliani Mendez            21:54.32

68. Colin Swaney           32:56.79            63. Lindsay Pierson         22:42.67

85. Kory Cool                33:16.19            80. Morgan Bonds            22:59.42

116. Danny Schneider    34:13.14            116. Megan-Anne Perrin   23:43.97

131. Arnold Sirorei         34:51.84            117. Meg Gentry              23:46.12

143. Tyler Fennema       35:33.19            166. Emily Dittemore        25:22.07