Nov. 2, 2013
WACO, Texas - The K-State men's and women's teams competed in the Big 12 Championship on Saturday at Cottonwood Creek Gold Course in Waco, Texas. The Wildcat men finished eighth, while the women finished tied for fifth.
The K-State women were led by Laura Galvan and Martina Tresch, who finished sixth and seventh, respectively. This marked the first time a Wildcat duo has finished in the top 10 at this meet since 2000, when Amy Mortimer finished second and Korene Hinds finished eighth at Buffalo Ranch in Boulder, Colo.
With this being the first time the Wildcats have finished in the top-5 since the 2001 team finished fourth, Coach Michael Smith could not have been more proud of the way women's team performed.
"We ran to our potential today," Smith said. "I am proud of each and every one of these girls. We are going to get better these next two weeks and we are getting closer to where we need to be. I could not ask for more then what they did today."
Tresch echoed Smith's sentiments.
"We ran very well today," Tresch said. "We were showing off how we have been doing in training. Everyone was extremely happy and super excited about how we finished. It was just a great feeling of seeing hard work pay off. It is very satisfying for all the runners on our team."
Aside from strong performances from Galvan and Tresch, Smith thought every runner on the women's team ran well.
"Morgan Wedekind ran the best race that she has ran all year," Smith said. "Erika Schiller, who had been struggling all year competed to the best of her ability, today ran well as did Mary Frances Donnelly. If you look at the team scores we were close to Oklahoma State and Texas who both will make the NCAA's, that is how close we are to that level."
With both Galvan and Tresch both posting career-best finishes at the Big 12 Championships, Smith felt this was one of the duo's best performances to date.
"Those two are good and we felt like they were good all year," Smith said. "They had yet to put it together at that level and today they just rose to the occasion. "The Big 12 meet is a meet where we aim to be good, it is where we want to do our best and we did."
Tresch, the lone senior on the women's squad, was excited with how she and Galvan ran at the meet today.
"I finished ninth two years ago and I was just really happy that I improved," Tresch said. "It was really good having Laura up there with me. It helped me to focus and try to catch up to her."
The Wildcat men placed eigth in the 8K with a score of 259 points. No. 3 Oklahoma State won the meet with a score of 33 points, Iowa State finished second with 77 points, while Texas finished third with 80 points. Senior Ryan Hershner led all K-State men, placing 55th in a time of 25:28.50.
For Hershner, the 55th-place finish was a career-best finish at the Big 12 Championships, while other notable finishes on the men's side included freshman Lukas Koch posting his best time of the season at 25:52.60 and Fernando Roman running a season-best time of 25:24.30.
The Wildcats will take another week break before traveling to Ames, Iowa, for the Midwest Regional Championships on Nov. 15. The Wildcats will look to improve from last season's 21st and 19th place finishes by the men and women, respectively.
Women's Team Results
1. Iowa State, 35
2. West Virginia, 104
3. Oklahoma State, 116
4. Texas, 121
T5. Baylor, 123
T5. Kansas State, 123
Men's Team Results
1. Oklahoma State, 33
2. Iowa State, 77
3. Texas, 80
8. Kansas State, 259
Women's Individual Results
6. Laura Galvan, 20:38.00
7. Martina Tresch, 20:41.60
35. Morgan Wedekind, 21:43.90
38. Mary Frances Donnelly, 21:46.10
43. Erika Schiller, 21:53.10
66. Heather Ruder, 22:56.00
82. Paige Kochuyt, 24:26.20
Men's Individual Results
55. Ryan Hershner, 25:28.50
62. Lukas Koch, 25:52.60
63. Fernando Roman, 25:54.30
67. Jeff Bachman, 26:14.90
70. Lucas Demott, 26:38.60
73. Logan Smith, 26:53.40
74. Kain Ellis, 26:54.50
80. Brett Bachman, 27:34.00