Sept. 16, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. - K-State sophomore Laura Galvan earned a victory Saturday in a time of 21:10 to win the Woody Greeno Invitational. The women's cross country team finished in third place while the men finished seventh during their second meet of the season.
After the race, Galvan said she was very excited to get the win for her team.
"Winning the Woody Greeno Invitational showed that I can win every meet I participate in," Galvan said. "I'm excited because my goal was to win the meet, and I was able to come out and earn the victory today."
Today's win as well as a second-place finish at the JK Gold Classic on September 1 has continued Galvan's strong start to the 2012 season. She believes her win today will give her confidence throughout the rest of the season.
"I'm glad that I won. I think it shows that in the next meet at the Rim Rock Classic, which will be a bigger meet, I can be near the top of the pack," Galvan said. "It gives me the confidence that I can be there. Now I really feel like I can compete on a high level."
The K-State women's cross country team finished in third place behind Air Force and South Dakota, respectively. This marks K-State's second top five finish as a team in as many meets, placing second as a team at the JK Gold Classic two weeks ago. Besides Galvan, K-State's two other top runners on the women's team also performed well. Sophomore Erika Schiller finished in ninth place while freshman Mary Frances Donnelly placed 14th.
Head Coach Michael Smith said he was proud of the way Galvan ran Saturday in her victory.
"Galvan was excellent. She took the lead within the first mile," Smith said. "From the 2K point and on, she had the lead. There was a runner who got close to her at the 5K point, but she held on. She wanted to win the race, went after it and got it done."
While Coach Smith raved about Galvan, he was not as pleased with the women's team, except for Donnelly and Schiller.
"Galvan, Schiller and Donnelly ran to their potential. This was Donnelly's first 6K. I was very pleased with what she did today and she'll get better as the season goes on," Smith said. "Realistically, today we could have been second. We're not disappointed with the result. We're strong up front but our fourth and fifth best runners need to improve. We ran OK. It wasn't great. The team knows that, understands that and is focused on continuing to improve."
The Colorado School of Mines won the men's meet, with Air Force finishing second. K-State's men's team finished in seventh and Smith said he was disappointed with how the Wildcats performed.
"We were relying on the freshmen and they were unable to race at the level that they could," Smith said. "They were overwhelmed and it showed today. Fernando Roman didn't have his best day, placing 42nd."
K-State is back on the course September 29 when the Wildcats travel to Lawrence, Kan., for the Rim Rock Classic.
Women's Team Results
1. Air Force Academy, 22:06.07, 1:50:30.35
2. South Dakota, 22:34.27, 1:52:51.35
3. Kansas State, 22:37.13, 1:53:05.65
Men's Team Results
1.Colorado School Of Mines, 25:14.47, 2:06:12.35
2.Air Force Academy, 25:26.80 2:07:14
7.Kansas State, 26:41.06, 2:13:25.30
Women's Individual Results
1. Laura Galvan, 21:10.9
10. Erika Schiller, 22:14.1
15.Mary Frances Donnelly, 22:27
43. Paige Kochuyt, 23:30.2
56.Laura Lee Baird, 23:43.7
100. Sonja Schneider, 24:24.6
115. Julia Nyiro, 24:48.4
Men's Individual Results
42. Fernando Roman, 26:22.4
43. Ryan Hershner, 26.22.4
50. Kyle Hanson, 26:31.8
82. Logan Smith, 27:02.9
87. Daniel Worthington, 27:05.8
115. Blake Goodin, 27:33.6
122. Ransom Gardiner, 27:36.1
146. Lucas Demott, 27:54.9