Wildcats Battle in Hard-Fought Big 12 Championship

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Kansas State cross country team’s put together two hard-fought efforts at the Big 12 Cross Country Championship at The Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday. 

The men posted an eighth-place finish on the day with a final score of 217 points, while the women finished in 10th-place with a final score of 261 points. The Oklahoma State men and the Iowa State women went on to claim the team titles in the race. 

“It was a tough race, especially on the women’s side,” head coach Ryun Godfrey said about the Big 12 Championship. “We did not run like we should be running. But I did not see anybody quit out there. Everybody gave the best that they had on the day.”

On the men’s side, junior Bryan Zack posted his highest Big 12 Championship finish of his career, recording a 34th-place finish with a time of 26:34.5. Fellow juniors Colton Donahue and Lukas Koch finished back-to-back, taking 43rd place and 44th place with times of 26:48.2 and 26:48.6, respectively. Koch’s finish was also his best finish at the Big 12 meet. 

Junior Sam Oxandale finished in 56th place after crossing the finish line with a time 27:17.2, while sophomore Joe Gorthy finished in 64th place with a time of 27:47.3. Senior’s Blake Goodin and Kain Ellis were separated by just two spots as Goodin took 69th place with a time of 28:04.4 and Ellis crossed the finish line in 28:17.6 to finish in 71st place.

“The guys did not race like they did last year so we are a little disappointed,” Godfrey said about the men. “I thought Bryan ran really well. I also felt that Sam had a pretty good day. We had a couple of guys that had good races and a couple of guys that did not have good races. That is just how it goes sometimes.”

Senior Morgan Wedekind led the women’s team, posting a 36th-place finish with a time of 21:54.7. Junior Kayla Doll finished eight spots behind Wedekind, taking 44th place in 22:15.5. Freshman Sydney Collins also had a strong performance in her first Big 12 Championship race, taking 64th place after crossing the finish line in 22:57.1.

Sophomore Emma Wren recorded a 73rd-place finish by running a time of 23:25.8, followed by freshman Anna Keeley, who finished in 78th place in her Big 12 Championship debut with a time of 23:37.6. Senior Marija Stambolic crossed the finish line in 25:12.9 to finish in 89th place. 

“The women are disappointed with the result today, but the only thing we can do is move on,” Godfrey added about the women. “They are a pretty resilient group so they will bounce back.”

K-State’s next race is the NCAA Midwest Regional meet, which will be held in Iowa City, Iowa, at the Ashton Cross Country Course on November 11. More information on the competition can be found on the meet homepage here.  

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Big 12 Championship
The Rawls Course
Lubbock, Texas

Men’s Team Finishes
1. Oklahoma State – 36 pts.
2. Iowa State – 49 pts.
3. Texas – 100 pts.
4. Kansas – 104 pts.
5. Texas Tech – 123 pts.
6. Oklahoma – 127 pts.
7. Baylor – 190 pts.
8. K-State – 217 pts.
9. TCU – 293 pts.

Men’s Top-5 Finishes
1. Benard Keter (Texas Tech) – 25:28.7
2. Miguel Bautista (Texas Tech) – 25:30.8
3. Hassan Abdi (Oklahoma State) – 25:39.1
4. Thomas Pollard (Iowa State) – 25:39.8
5. Luis Martinez (Oklahoma State) – 25:41.9

K-State Men’s Finishes
34. Bryan Zack – 26:34.5
43. Colton Donahue – 26:48.2
44. Lukas Koch – 26:48.6
56. Sam Oxandale – 27:17.2
64. Joe Gorthy – 27:47.3
69. Blake Goodin – 28:04.4
71. Kain Ellis – 2:48.9

Women’s Team Finishes
1. Iowa State – 56 pts.
2. Oklahoma State – 82 pts.
3. West Virginia – 111 pts.
4. Oklahoma – 124 pts.
5. Baylor – 126 pts.
6. Kansas – 129 pts.
7. Texas – 139 pts.
8. TCU – 203 pts.
9. Texas Tech – 204 pts.
10. K-State – 261 pts.

Women’s Top-5 Finishes
1. Sharon Lokedi (Kansas) – 20:18.5
2. Jillian Forsey (West Virginia) – 20:32.2
3. Brenley Goertzen (TCU) – 20:35.1
4. Anne Frisbie (Iowa State) – 20:38.8
5. Lindsey Bradley (Baylor) – 20:43.5

K-State Women’s Finishes
36. Morgan Wedekind – 21:54.7
44. Kayla Doll – 22:15.5
64. Sydney Collins – 22:57.1
73. Emma Wren – 23:25.8
78. Anna Keeley – 23:37.6 
89. Marija Stambolic – 25:12.9