Lincoln, Neb. In only her second meet as a Wildcat, Beverly Ramos turned in the eighth-best 6K time in school history and won her second straight individual title. Ramos’ first place finish in 21:21.85 helped the Wildcat women finish second at the Woody Greeno Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday.
The Kansas State women’s team finished ahead of Nebraska Wesleyan with 63 points, but trailed host Nebraska at the 18th annual event. Junior Liliani Mendez finished fifth with her time of 21:46.55 and joined Ramos as the top Wildcat runners for the second consecutive week. Senior Liz Rea had a breakout meet in Lincoln by setting a personal best and placing 20th on the women’s 6K Honor Roll for K-State with a time of 23:03.65. Women’s captain Morgan Bonds finished in 13th with a time of 22:52.35.
“Beverly (Ramos) and Liliani (Mendez) led us,” Coach Smith said after the race. “We competed fairly well as a team. A lot of our young runners competed better than they ever have before.”
The men’s team finished seventh in a field of 24 on Saturday as junior harrier Alex Umberger placed 16th in the 8K competition with a time of 25:57.45. Danny Schneider, a junior from Lawrence, recorded a 26:13.00 time, which was good for 23rd.
Both of Nebraska’s men’s and women’s teams placed first in the competition. This season’s second and seventh place finish for K-State’s squads was an improvement from the last time K-State competed in the Woody Greeno Invitational, when both teams finished 14th during the 2005 season.
The Wildcats return to action Sept. 29 when the teams travel to St. Paul, Minn., for the Roy Griak Invitational.
K-State Women’s Individual Top 5 (6K)
1. Beverly Ramos 21:21.85
5. Liliani Mendez 21:46.55
13. Morgan Bonds 22:52.35
18. Liz Rea 23:03.65
26. Emily Dittemore 23:16.35
K-State Men’s Individual Top 5 (8K)
16. Alex Umberger 25:57.45
23. Danny Schneider 26:13.00
45. Tyler Fennema 26:50.90
46. Mike Sickafoose 26:51.15
119. Casey Johnson 28:51.95