Wildcats Primed For Big 12 Championship in Lubbock

LUBBOCK, Texas – After a strong showing by both the men and women in the first four races of the season, the Kansas State cross country team is set to compete at the Big 12 Championship meet, which will be held at The Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday morning. 

The competition is slated to begin at 10 a.m. CT, with the women’s 6K race, followed immediately by the men’s 8K race, which will begin at 11 a.m. CT. 

“This race is just like any other race that we compete at in that we know that we will be challenged and that we are going to have to dig deep and give a big effort,” head coach Ryun Godfrey said. “The only difference is there is more excitement. We will get tested mentally and physically tomorrow. That is the excitement.”

K-State will look to build off last season’s performance at the Big 12 Championship, where the men finished in sixth place, their best finish since taking fifth place in 1998. The women finished in seventh place last season and were led by Morgan Wedekind’s 10th place overall finish to earn her All-Big 12 honors. 

The women enter this year’s meet with some impressive results under their belts, opening the year with a second-place finish at the Augustana Twilight followed by two third-place finishes at the Woody Greeno Invitational and the Cowboy Jamboree, respectively. 

The Wildcats have been led by Wedekind, who has posted three top-five finishes, including a first-place finish at the Augustana Twilight to open the season, to earn the first of her two Big 12 Runner of the Week honors this year. Junior Kayla Doll has also posted strong marks for the team, recording three top-20 marks on the year, including a fifth-place finish at the Augustana Twilight.

K-State’s men have also recorded strong results over the first four races this season, finishing in second place at the Augustana Twilight followed by back-to-back third-place finishes at the Woody Greeno Invitational and the Cowboy Jamboree. 

Three men have predominately powered the Wildcats during the 2016 season. Juniors Colton Donahue and Bryan Zack, as well as sophomore Joe Gorthy, have each posted season-high marks at the Augustana Twilight, taking fourth place, eighth place and 12th place, respectively. All three went on to continue having success throughout the rest of the season, including three top-25 times at the Cowboy Jamboree.

This year’s meet will be streamed live courtesy of FloSports and FloTrack with a FloPro subscription. A link to both the live stream and access information can be found here.  

For more information of the Big 12 Championship meet, including a full schedule, a course map and meet history, visit the conference’s meet homepage by clicking here

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