Wildcats Primed for Big 12 Championships in Lubbock
The Wildcats are coming of a marquee event at the pre-NCAA Championships in
Last season both the men’s and the women’s teams placed 12th at the Big 12 Championship meet in Lawrence, Kan. Liliani Mendez led the women a year ago by finishing 28th and Alex Umberger led the men with a 63rd-place finish. This season head coach Michael Smith expects improved performances from both teams.
Beverly Ramos and Liliani Mendez have been consistent leaders for the women’s team this season as they are poised to compete with the best runners in the Big 12.
“They have been very consistent in races and very consistent in practice. We know that they are going to be around the top-15 on Friday. The best chance for us to finish high in the conference meet is going to come from Emily Dittemore. If she does what she has been doing all season, it will give us a pretty big chance for us to move up the ladder.”
The men’s team has taken strides since the beginning of the season under leadership of Umberger and Danny Schneider. Junior Colin Swaney will be competing in his second meet of the season due to a minor injury.
“The men’s team has continued to get better as individuals and as a group throughout the year and that’s really all I can ask for,” Smith said. “I’m encouraging them to run the same race-plan that they have been running all season and if they do that our top-three runners will perform well.”
Since the inception of the Big 12,
“The more the years go by and the more titles that
The top men’s and women’s teams are crowned league champions and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The top 15 individuals in each race earn All-Big 12 honors. The at-large teams for the NCAA Championships will be announced on Nov. 11, prior to the Midwest Region Championships on Nov. 10.
Results from the Big 12 Championships will be posted at www.kstatesports.com as they become available. For more information on the meet, visit www.big12sports.com.