Wildcats Improve in Competitive Pre-NCAA Meet
Six of the seven women’s runners set career-best times on their way to 23rd place out of 38 teams in the Blue race; Stanford took home first place with 102 team points.
For the second consecutive meet Liliani Mendez paced the K-State women with a time of 21:11.5, good for 49th place. Newcomer Beverly Ramos continued her debut season as a Wildcat, finishing 59th with a time of 21:19.5. Junior Emily Dittemore stood out among the Wildcat runners by clocking a time of 22:19.8, nearly one minute faster than her pervious 6K career-best.
“Emily stepped up big for us today,” head coach Michael Smith said. “She ran a minute faster than she has ever run before, so that helped us out a lot. It was coming, the way that she has been running lately. You knew that at some point that she was going to have a breakthrough.”
Alex Umberger paced men’s team for the seventh straight time, dating back to last season’s Big 12 Championships, by finishing 32nd in the open race and recording a career-best 8K time of 25:19.8. Junior Colin Swaney ran his first race of the season and recorded a career-best 8K time of 25:33.9. Danny Schneider, Tyler Fennema, Casey Johnson and Clinton MacDonald also recorded career-best 8K times.
“We have been training quite well so they are quite a bit better than they have ever been,” Coach Smith said. ”More importantly today was a perfect day to run. Everyone was running fast because the conditions were great. It was really a good day to run and our people ran well as a result.”
The Wildcats will look to improve last season’s pair of 12th-place finishes at the Big 12 Championships as they travel to