New Orleans, La. The K-State women’s cross country team is ranked seventh in the midwest region by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association. The ranking comes after a first place finish at the J.K. Gold Classic, in Augusta, Kan., on Saturday, Sept. 6.
Led by Beverly Ramos, the Wildcats topped host Wichita State by a 19-point advantage. With a first place finish and a 4K time of 13:33, Ramos earned the Big 12 Women’s Runner of the Week honors, the second in her Wildcat career. Also leading the Wildcats this year will be seniors Liliani Mendez and Emily Dittemore. Both have been consistent performers for the Wildcats in the three years they have competed in cross country. Mendez finished as the top runner in four of the seven events a season ago.
Freshman Emilee Morris will also be a contributing factor in the Wildcats success this season. Morris ran in her first over collegiate race on Sept. 6, and placed seventh overall and four for the Wildcats. A state champion in high school, Morris has the right tools to become a permanent figure among the top finishers.
Ahead of K-State in the midwest region are Big 12 foes Nebraska and Oklahoma State, who are ranked three and six respectively. Iowa State, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma are also included in the top 15 of the Midwest region.
The midwest region is led by Minnesota
, with Illinois
rounding out the top five.