Wildcats Prepare for NCAA Championship

SYdney Messick

Nov. 18, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State Women’s cross country team will look to close out its stellar season as the Wildcats travel back to Terre Haute, Ind., for the NCAA Championship on Monday hosted by Indiana State. The race will begin at 11:08 a.m. central time.

Since 1981 when the NCAA began sponsoring women’s cross country, there have been 30 national championship races, and Kansas State has qualified 13 times to rank 18th all time. The Wildcats also rank fourth in the Big 12 trailing Colorado, Nebraska and Baylor as the conference has become one of the top in the nation with Texas Tech, Iowa State and Oklahoma State all ranked in the Top 20 currently.

Head Coach Michael Smith is ready to see his team finish off the year on a strong note.

“This is a significant accomplishment for this women’s team,” said Smith. “We want to run a smart and patient race and take advantage of other teams mistakes, in August we set out to be a November team and now we are one.”

The women’s team will bring eight runners to the meet. Seniors Sydney Messick and Alyssa Bellinder will look to cap of their final season with a strong performance. Sophomore Martina Tresch will try to push the pace for the Wildcats after finishing 11th overall in the Midwest Regional Championship. The freshman tandem of Avery Clifton and Meghan Heuer continue to improve each race and now have the chance to end their first season on a high note.

The last time K-State competed at the NCAA Championship as a team, they finished 10th overall with Amy Mortimer crossing the finish line in sixth place.

The NCAA Championship can be seen live on CBS College Sports network and fans can follow the action on Twitter @NCAA.