Women Finish Sixth at Big 12 Championships
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Kansas State's cross country teams took part in the Big 12 Championships on Saturday as the women's squad led the way with a sixth-place team finish, while K-State's men placed 12th. The races were run at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia, Mo., hosted by Missouri.
The women's sixth-place team finish matches last year's finish and marks the second consecutive year the Wildcat women finished in the top-half of the league. The Wildcats now have four top-10 finishes on the season in five total competitions.
Senior Beverly Ramos led the Wildcat women with a sixth-place individual finish and a 6K time of 21:24.79, while freshman Tom O'Connell led the men with a 74th-place individual finish and an 8K time of 27:08.78.
For the second consecutive year, both the Texas Tech women and Oklahoma State men won the championships. Texas Tech's women were led by a force of five top-15 finishers, while the men of Oklahoma State were charged by four top five finishers.
Colorado's Jenny Barringer took home the women's individual title with a 6K time of 20:27.46. Oklahoma State's Ryan Vail won the men's race with an 8K time of 24:50.67.
In men's action, O'Connell led his young Wildcat teammates for the second consecutive meet. Following O'Connell, fellow freshman Kyle Hanson finished 75th overall with a time of 27:09.68.K-State will return to action at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 14, in Springfield, Mo.