K-State Cross Country opens 2006 season in Lawrence
“One of our reasons to go to this meet is to see what’s to come for the Big 12 meet,” commented head coach Michael Smith. “(Rim Rock) is one of the most challenging courses around. It’s very hilly and all grass. For the kids who aren’t from
Both Wildcat teams will not run full squads this weekend. The meet will be looked at as a preseason contest, and will hopefully help gain experience for the young K-State runners. Underclassmen make up 17 of the 23 Wildcat harriers. Full lineups can be anticipated on Sept. 23, when the Wildcats travel to
Helping lead the men’s squad this weekend will be sophomore Alex Umberger. After a productive freshman season, the Maize,
“My freshman year, I was just part of the squad and was going through the motions,” said Umberger. “Now I know the intensity of the workouts that I need to be having. I know what I need to do to compete at this level.”
Along with a number of area schools, K-State will get to see a copule of Big 12 opponents at the early season meet. This should prove to be an early test for the young Wildcats.
Overall, Smith is hoping to have his teams gain experience from this meet for success in the 2006 season.
“We hope that our freshmen get used to the new distance, and our sophomores get used to competing at the distances they were introduced to as freshman,” said Smith. “We also want to see what we can do on the Big 12 course, and hopefully get ready for it when we come back in October.”
Results from the Bob Timmons Invitational will be posted at www.k-statesports.com as soon as they become available.