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History & Tradition

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7 Men's All America by 6 different runners

15 Women's All America by 9 different runners

22 Selected to All Conference Teams

11 Academic All-Americans

4 Region Individual Champions
 All Time Letterwinners

K-State Cross Country has produced hundreds of letterwinners in its long history, including many from all around the world. Paul Gartner and Kirk Ward were the first letterwinners from K-State Cross Country, and the tradition continues today.

List of All Time Letterwinners 
 K-State Cross Country History
The Kansas State Cross Country team ran its first season as a men's team in 1928. They finished 5th in the Big Six Conference Championships. K-State added the women's team in 1975 where they finished 2nd in the Big Eight Championships. Since then the Wildcats have seen top placings among both Big 12 meets and NCAA competition.

Since 1981 when the NCAA began sponsoring women's cross country, there have been 30 national championship races, and Kansas State has qualified 13 times to rank 18th all time. The Wildcats also rank second in the Big 12 trailing only Baylor as the conference has become one of the top in the nation with Texas Tech, Iowa State and Oklahoma State all ranked in the Top 20 currently.

The 2006 season was highlighted by the accolades of senior Christian Smith. During the indoor season, Smith won the NCAA mile title, set the collegiate record in the 1000m run, and captured his third consecutive Big 12 title in the 1000m run. During the outdoor season, Smith won his first Big 12 outdoor title in the 800m run and earned his first NCAA outdoor All-American certificate.

Ryun Godfrey, a seasoned veteran of track and field and cross country with a resume that boasts 30 conference titles and numerous Coach of the Year awards, enters his first year with the Wildcats as the head cross country and assistant track and field coach.

Prior to joining K-State's staff, Godfrey spent 14 years at North Dakota State University as the head women's track and field and cross country coach. Specializing in the sprints/mid-distance/distance events, he coached eight All-Americans in indoor track, 11 All-Americans in outdoor track, and two Academic All-Americans in cross country.

Mathew Chesang
Mathew ChesangFormer Cross Country Head Coach Mike Smith first took over the reins of the cross country programs in 2004 and guided Mathew Chesang to one of K-State's most outstanding individual cross country seasons in recent memory. Chesang finished third at the Big 12 championships, second at the Midwest Regional Championships and capped off his senior season with an All-American performance at the NCAA championships.

Chesang's 12th-place finish was the highest NCAA placing for a Wildcat male since Jerome Howe's 10th place finish in 1971, and the first Wildcat men's cross country All-American since 1992.

Beverly Ramos
Beverly RamosIn 2009, Smith guided Beverly Ramos to one of the best women's individual seasons in recent memory as Ramos received All-America honors. Ramos tallied two wins and also placed sixth at the Pre-NCAA Invitational, Big 12 Championship and NCAA Midwest Regional.

Her finish at 33rd at the NCAA Championship made her the school's ninth All-American in cross country.

Ramos helped guide the team to another sixth-place finish at the 2008 Big 12 Championship and ninth at the Midwest Regional.

Christian Smith
Christian SmithDuring the 2006 season Christian Smith won the indoor NCAA mile title, set the collegiate record in the 1000M run (2:19.57) and captured his third consecutive Big 12 title in the 1000M run. During the outdoor campaign Smith won his first Big 12 outdoor title in the 800M run and earned his first NCAA outdoor All-American certificate.

Smith's season continued into the summer where he finished fifth at the USATF Championships in the 1500M run and then went to Europe where he ran 1:44.86 for 800 meters and 3:38.10 for 1500 meters, erasing two Wildcat legends from the record books in Ken Swenson and Jerome Howe.

 Awards & Achievements

  • Mathew Chesang 2004
  • Jerome Howe 1970, 1971
  • Francis O'Neill 1992
  • Jeff Schemmel 1975
  • Todd Trask 1991
  • David Warders 1990
  • Amy MortimerJanet Haskin 1989
  • Korene Hinds 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Amy Mortimer 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Beverly Ramos 2009
  • Jacque Struckhoff 1984, 1985
  • Joyce Urish 1974
  • Chris Vanatta 1986
  • Annie Wetterhus 1999
  • Cindy Worcester 1977
All-Big 12 Team
  • Ryan Clive-Smith 1996
  • Amanda Crouse-Behnke 1998
  • Korene Hinds 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Brandon Jessop 1999
  • Amy Mortimer 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Shadrack Kimeli 2000, 2001
  • Amanda Crouse-Behnke 2001
  • Mathew Chesang 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Stefanie Murer 2003
  • Liliani Mendez 2006, 2007
  • Beverly Ramos 2008, 2009
  • Sydney Messick 2009
Big 12 Newcomer of the Year
  • Amy Mortimer 1999
  • Shadrack Kimeli 2000
Big 12 Coach of the Year
  • Randy Cole 1998
Region Individual Champion
  • Amy Mortimer 1999
  • Amy Mortimer 2000
  • Shadrack Kimeli 2001
  • Amy Mortimer 2002
Region Coach of the Year
  • Randy Cole 1998
  • Randy Cole 1999
  • Randy Cole 2000
Big 12 Runner of the Week
  • Brandon Jessop 10/20/98
  • Annie Wetterhus 10/20/98
  • Jean-Paul Niyongabo 9/9/99
  • Amy Mortimer 9/18/99
  • Shadrack Kimeli 9/6/00
  • Amy Mortimer 9/6/00
  • Amy Mortimer 9/4/01
  • Shadrack Kimeli 9/4/01
  • Liliani Mendez 9/13/06
  • Liliani Mendez 9/27/06
  • Beverly Ramos 9/18/07
  • Martina Tresch 9/8/09
  • Armando Del Valle 9/8/09
  • Beverly Ramos 9/22/09
Verizon Academic All-Americans
  • Anne Stadler 1986 (1st team, track)
  • Jacque Struckhoff 1986 (1st team)
  • Anne Stadler 1987 (1st team)
  • Jacque Struckhoff 1987 (1st team)
  • Anne Stadler 1988 (1st team)
  • Jacque Struckhoff 1988 (1st team)
  • Amy Dryer 1989 (2nd team, track)
  • Annie Wetterhus 1999 (2nd team)
  • Annie Wetterhus 2000 (1st team, XC)
  • Amy Mortimer 2000 (2nd team, XC)
  • Amanda Crouse-Behnke 2000 (3rd team, XC)
  • Trisha Culbertson 2004 (3rd team, Track/XC)
    *cross country honors combined with track in 2001
Full List of All Time Cross Country Awards

 Compliance and NCAA Guidelines

Kansas State University is a volunteer member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Big 12 Conference. We are committed to abiding by all rules and regulations of these bodies. The NCAA governs the actions of our coaches and student-athletes, and has explicit guidelines that regulate the actions of our program. For further information on the K-State Athletics Compliance office, please visit their main page.
Academic Eligibility
Division I Academic Eligibility Requirements
Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete (PDF)
Home Schooling
International Students
NCAA Eligibility
NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse
Extra Benefits and Inducements (PDF)
National Letter of Intent
NCAA Agents and Amateurism
NCAA Amateurism Certification
NCAA Prospect/Parent Information
NCAA Recruiting
NCAA Transfer Guide (PDF)
Division I Recruiting Guidelines -All Sports (PDF)