Women's Cross Country Takes Home Team Title at Wildcat Invitational
Topeka, Kan.-For the second straight meet, KansasState cross country runners took home the men's and women's individual titles as Mathew Chesang and Stefanie Murer won the Wildcat Invitational held at the Stateland Cross Country Course today. In the meet, the Wildcat women took home the team title while the men finished second in the event behind the University of Kansas.
Chesang won his second title of the year, finishing ahead of his brother, Benson Chesang of the University of Kansas, by one-tenth of a second. Chesang finished the 6,000-meter course in 20:19.30 as he out-raced his brother in the dash towards the finish line.
Chesang's finish was not enough for the Wildcats in the end as Kansas took home the team title, defeating the Wildcats with a score of 27. Rogers Kipchumba recorded his second consecutive top five when he finished fourth with a time of 20:40.70.
The KansasState women rolled to victory, paced by Murer, with five top ten finishes at the meet. Murer won the first individual title of her career handily with a time of 14:07.40 on the 4,000-meter course. She defeated Desiraye Osburn of WichitaState, who finished second, by over 15 seconds.
Thrisha Culbertson, who won an individual title in the first meet of the year, finished third with a time of 14:29.00. K-State's Lysaira Roman-Del Valle finished fourth with a time of 14:57.10 for her first top five finish of her career.
The Wildcats' Shauna Burrell and Tina Todd finished sixth and eighth, respectively, rounding out the scoring for K-State. KansasState finished with a team score of 22, easily defeating Kansas, who finished second with a score of 47.
KansasState will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 20, when they race at the Woody Greeno Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., at