Wildcats Record Third-Place Finishes In Second-Straight Meet

– In its third race of the 2016 season, the Kansas State cross country teams continued to make big strides as both the men and women finished in third place at the Cowboy Jamboree held at the OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Saturday.

K-State’s women finished the race with 72 total points, while the men closed out Saturday’s action with 91 points. Tulsa went on to win the women’s 5K race with a final score of 20 points, while the Oklahoma State men closed out the competition, winning the men’s 8K race with 24 points. 

The Wildcat men improved one spot from last season’s Cowboy Jamboree, where they finished in fourth place, while the women jumped two spots after finishing in fifth place last season. The men also shaved off 34 points from last season’s race, while the women took off 45 points. 

Senior Morgan Wedekind continued to lead the Wildcats in 2016, finishing in fourth place with a time of 18:26.8. Sophomore Emma Wren took 16th overall in the competition, crossing the finish line in 19:06.1, followed by junior Kayla Doll, who took 17th with a time of 19:07.6. True freshman Katie Condon rounded out the K-State runners in the top 20, recording a 19th-place finish with a time of 19:12.6.

“The women had a nice group with our 2 through 4 runners finishing very close to one another,” head coach Ryun Godfrey said about the women’s team. “It was also great to see Emma finishing a race and feeling good.” 

On the men’s side, junior Colton Donahue led the Wildcats with a 16th-place finish with a time of 26:30.8. Fellow junior Bryan Zack crossed the line five seconds behind him, posting a final time of 26:35.2. Sophomore Joe Gorthy and junior Lukas Koch also finished back-to-back, as Gorthy took 22nd place with a time of 26:44.6 and Koch finished with a time of 26:51.0 in 23rd place. 

“The men did a nice job with the top four running together for most of the race,” Godfrey added about the men’s team. “Overall, we have had two good efforts in a row over the past two weekends.”

The Wildcats return to action on October 14 when the team travels to Peoria, Illinois, to compete in the Bradley Invitational. More information on K-State’s fourth meet of the season can be found here

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Cowboy Jamboree
OSU Cross Country Course
Stillwater, Okla. 

Men’s Top-5 Finishes
1. Sylvester Barus (Oklahoma State) – 24:33.5
2. Charles Mathenge (Stephen F. Austin) – 24:59.9
3. Joe Moore (Unattached) – 25:05.0
4. Joshua Thompson (Oklahoma State) – 25:18.0
5. Luke Traynor (Tulsa) – 25:25.3

K-State Men’s Finishes
12. Colton Donahue – 26:30.8
13. Bryan Zack – 26:35.2
22. Joe Gorthy – 26:44.6
23. Lukas Koch – 26:51.0
42. Sam Oxandale – 27:40.7
49. Blake Goodin – 27:56.3
60. Keegan Donahue – 28:34.8
62. Kain Ellis – 28:41.4
68. Kurt Loevenstein – 29:33.5

Women’s Top-5 Finishes
1. Clara Langley (Tulsa) – 17:59.2
2. Michelle Magnani (Unattached) – 18:09.1
3. Stacie Taylor (Tulsa) – 18:10.3
4. Morgan Wedekind – 18:26.6
5. Olivia Lopez (Tulsa) – 18:31.2

K-State Women’s Finishes
4. Morgan Wedekind – 18:26.6
16. Emma Wren – 19:06.1
17. Kayla Doll – 19:07.6
19. Katie Condon – 19:12.6
34. Sydney Collins – 19:45.9
44. Anna Keeley – 20:14.2