Sept. 3, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State men’s and women’s cross country teams started the 2011 season with winning performances on Saturday at the J.K. Gold Classic. The women’s team won duals against Wichita State and UMKC while the men’s team earned a split by defeating Wichita State and falling to UMKC.
K-State Head Coach Michael Smith saw some positives in his team’s performance but felt like his team could have had a better outing.
“We did pretty good today, I felt like we could have done better but we were still able to get some wins,” Smith said.
The women’s team defeated Wichita State 27-29 and UMKC 23-33. They were led by junior Martina Tresch who had a strong race and paced the Wildcats with a second-place finish in a time of 13:50. Tresch said she was impressed by her team’s effort.
“We have a really good team,” Tresch said. “It was good to see the new people compete so well today.”
K-State had three runners place in the top 10. Senior Boglarka Bozzay finished fifth in her time of 14:20 and freshman Laura Galvan had a seventh-place finish in her Wildcat debut clocking in at 14:35.
The men’s team split its duals on Saturday led by the Kyle Hanson’s ninth-place finish. The Wildcats defeated Wichita State 25-32 but lost their dual against UMKC 19-36. Hanson crossed the finish line in a time of 19:23.
The cross country teams will be off the next two weekends as the Wildcats prepare to compete on September 24 when they travel to Minneapolis, Minn. for the Roy Griak Invitational. K-State will take on some of the top teams in the region and nation, including the hosting Minnesota Golden Gophers are ranked No. 30 in the USTFCCCA women’s poll and No. 27 in the men’s poll.