Swaney, Mendez Lead Wildcats at Chile Pepper
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Sophomores Colin Swaney and Liliani Mendez guided the Kansas State cross country men’s and women’s teams Saturday at the Chile Pepper Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Mendez finished 22nd with a time of 21:02.8 on the 6K course, while Swaney turned in a 62nd-place finish and a clocking of 30:59.4 in the team’s first 10K race of the season.
Following Mendez on the women’s side, freshman Lindsay Pierson placed 95th in the field of 347 runners with a time of 22:24.9. Junior, and team captain, Morgan Bonds crossed the line at 22:34.5 in her 107th-place showing.
“For the most part, all of our women ran lifetime bests,” said head coach Michael Smith. “The field was just full of good competition, so that showed on the team standings.”
Manhattan native Kory Cool ran second for the Wildcat men’s squad turning in a 107th-place finish and a time of 31:44.5. Following Swaney and Cool, sophomore Alex Umberger and freshman Tyler Fennema ran side-by-side for most of the 10K race. Umberger crossed the line in 160th-place with a time of 32:32.5, while Fennema placed 166th with a clocking of 32:37.5.
The women’s team finished 23rd overall out of the field of 43, while the men’s crew finished 24th in the group of powerhouse teams.
The Wildcats will take next week off in preparation for the Big 12 Championships, hosted by the University of Kansas. The Big 12 meet will be held at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan., on Friday, Oct. 27.