Wildcats Battle Sloppy Conditions at Cowboy Jamboree
STILLWATER, Okla. Senior Joseph Moore and freshman Jana Gwinn once again led the K-State men’s and women’s cross country teams as they competed in the soggy conditions of the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree, Saturday in Stillwater, Okla. The men placed 11th out of 24 teams, while the women’s team finished 12th out of 19.
“Overall, I thought it was an average day,” commented coach Michael Smith. “I thought at times we ran well despite the tough conditions. We still aren’t where we need to be, but we’re making the steps to get there.”
On the men’s side, Joe Moore continued his success of the 2005 season with a 31st-place finish. Coach Smith seemed pleased with Moore’s race Saturday considering the competition at the Jamboree, including powerhouse Arkansas.
“Joe (Moore) ran a good race today,” said Smith. He moved up throughout the entire race. When you realize how competitive the field was today, I thought he did a great job. This was the first real competitive race we’ve ran this year, and Joe rose to the occasion today.”
Behind Moore, freshman Alex Umberger competed well in his first collegiate 8K race. Umberger finished 53rd out of the field of 238.
Freshman Jana Gwinn continued her thriving 2005 campaign for the K-State women with a 26th-place finish Saturday. Behind Gwinn, sophomore Stephanie Lavin crossed the line in 62nd.
The cross country teams will take next week off in preparation for the Chile Pepper Invitational on Sat., October 15 in Fayetteville, Ark.
K-State Men’s Finishers
1. Joseph Moore (31) 26:22
2. Alex Umberger (53) 26:54
3. Christian Smith (92) 27:39
4. Colin Swaney (94) 27:40
5. Casey Johnson (114) 27:59
6. Matt Swedlund (117) 28:00
7. Ben DeLay (155) 28:45
K-State Women’s Finishers
1. Jana Gwinn (26) 19:27
2. Stephanie Lavin (62) 20:45
3. Morgan Bonds (74) 21:02
4. Emily Dittemore (90) 21:25
5. Eleanor Burton (93) 21:27
6. Breana Yost (111) 21:58