Nov. 15, 2013
AMES, Iowa - The K-State men's and women's cross country teams competed in the Midwest Region Championship on Friday at Iowa State Cross Country Course in Ames, Iowa. The Wildcat men finished 25th, while the women finished tied for 13th in both teams last meet of the season.
The K-State women were led by Laura Galvan, who finished 16th with a time of 20:54.20. Joining Galvan in the top-50 were Martina Tresch, who finished 29th with a time of 21:13.90, and Mary Frances Donnelly, who finished 44th with a time of 21:30.50.
While Galvan still managed to get 15th out of 210 runners, Michael Smith felt she could have placed better than she did.
"Laura was a little too aggressive today and it cost her in the last 400 meters," Smith said. "She was in the lead early in the race, pushing at the front but then just ran out of gas in the last 600 meters and lost around seven or eight places."
The Wildcats knew the NCAAs would be tough to make as a team. Smith knew it would be even more difficult when the injury bug bit them after the Big 12 Championships.
"We fought hard today," Smith said. "We could just not overcome some injury issues that popped up after the Big 12 Championships. We had hoped that Laura could qualify for the NCAA meet. but she was not able to hold her position toward the end of the race."
Smith was very pleased with how well sophomore Donnelly ran today, who finished with a personal best time in her young Wildcat career.
"Mary Frances ran the best race. She was absolutely the bright spot for today," Smith said. "I am sure that this will be a great confidence builder for her moving towards the track season."
With K-State losing only one runner off of this year's team in Tresch, Smith knows the future looks good and hopes to improve on this season.
"The big picture is still bright for this group as we return six of our top seven for 2014," Smith said. "The whole season was a mixed bag. We had some nice results at the Big 12s and that is important."
The Wildcat men placed 25th in their first 10K of the season with a score of 732 points. No. 3 Oklahoma State won the meet with a score of 45 points. No. 13 Tulsa finished second with 57 points while No. 24 Iowa State finished third with 113 points. Senior Fernando Roman led all K-State men, placing 131st with a time of 32:53.59.
This is the first time since 2007 that there will not be a Wildcat runner in the NCAA Championships. The runners will now shift their attention on the upcoming track and field season that starts on Friday Dec. 14 at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kan. for the K-State Winter Invitational.
Women's Team Results
1. Iowa State, 39
2. Minnesota, 59
3. Oklahoma State, 192
4. Southern Illinois, 217
5. Kansas, 218
13. Kansas State, 317
Men's Team Results
1. Oklahoma State, 45
2. Tulsa, 57
3. Iowa State, 113
4. Oklahoma, 156
5. Minnesota, 156
25. Kansas State, 732
K-State Women's Individual Results
16. Laura Galvan, 20:54.20
29. Martina Tresch, 21:13.90
43. Mary Frances Donnelly, 21:30.50
105. Morgan Wedekind, 22:09.70
131. Erika Schiller, 22:34.00
177. Paige Kochuyt, 23:26.50
200. Heather Ruder, 24:07.20
K-State Men's Individual Results
131. Fernando Roman, 32:53.59
139. Ryan Hershner, 33:02.59
149. Jeff Bachman, 33:18.09
154. Lukas Koch, 33:23.24
182. Brett Bachman, 34:35.19
190. Lucas Demott, 35:08.54
194. Kain Ellis, 35:44.39