Women Finish Sixth at Midwest Championships

Women Finish Sixth at Midwest Championships

 

Stillwater, Okla. – Kansas State’s women’s cross country team finished sixth at the Midwest Region Championships at Oklahoma State’s Cross Country Course.

 

The Wildcat’s sixth-place finish is the best team finish in the Midwest Region Championships since 2001. Beverly Ramos finished sixth individually leading the Wildcats and qualified for the NCAA Championships.

 

Minnesota won the regional competition with a score of 57, topping second place Illinois who finished with 64. Racheal Marchand won the 6K race individually with a time of 20:32.05.

 

Ramos, a junior, finished as the top Wildcat for the sixth consecutive race this season with a time 20:52.95, bettering her performance of 16th overall and a time of 20:52 last season. Ramos has now finished in the top 10 six times this season in as many tries. With the performance, Ramos is the first woman to qualify for the NCAA Championships since Trisha Culbertson in 2003. She will race in the NCAA Championships Nov. 19, in Terre Haute, Ind.

 

“I think we competed well today. Beverly (Ramos) continues to lead us with her solid performances race after race,” said coach Michael Smith. “This was probably the second best race of the season for us. From a competition standpoint and a performance standpoint.”

 

Liliani Mendez finished 28th overall with a time of 21:49.85. The senior has now finished second for the Wildcats in every event this season. Fellow senior Emily Dittemore finished 76th with a time of 22:49.00.

 

Sydney Messick continued to impress with a 43rd place finish. Messick, from Topeka, Kan., was injured to start the season and missed the first three events. Since returning, the sophomore has been pushing the middle pack for the Cats in two consecutive events.

 

Seniors Alex Umberger and Danny Schneider competed in their last race of their careers individually in the men’s 10K race. Umberger crossed the line at the 32:50.10 mark and finished 63rd overall. Schneider finished 90th and stopped the clock at 33:24.05.