Nov. 11, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State will look to make its first trip to Dekalb,Ill. on Saturday a memorable one as the cross country teams rev up for the Midwest Regional. The men’s team will get its first look at the course as the 8k race starts at noon while the women’s 6k race kicks off at 1:15 p.m.
The women’s team will continue its stretch of tough races as the Wildcats compete in a meet loaded with some of the top teams in the country. The field includes nationally ranked Iowa State (10), Oklahoma State (23) and Minnesota (30). K-State has faced these teams in previous races already this season.
Junior Martina Tresch will look to have a complete performance as she attempts to earn a bid for the NCAA Championship. In the Big 12 Championship, Tresch sliced through the field and finished in ninth place. In the regional meet last season, Tresch earned an 11th-place finish in a time of 20:24.81.
To become an automatic qualifier, Tresch must be one of the first four student-athletes not on a qualifying team. She must also finish within the top 25 of the region.
Head Coach Mike Smith believes that if Tresch continues to race as she has, then she should reach her goal of competing at the NCAA Championship. “She is in great shape and good enough to qualify,” Smith said. “She is going to have to work for it, though.”
Aside from Tresch, senior Boglarka Bozzay and junior Laura Lee Baird will look to keep pace for the Wildcats. K-State will be without the services of freshman Laura Galvan and sophomore Avery Clifton.
The men’s team will look to finish the season on a good note after recording its best finish at the Big 12 Championship since 2005 as they finished in 8th place two weeks ago.