Ames, Iowa Kansas State’s cross country teams participated in the Big 12 Championships Saturday in Ames and were led by a sixth place finish for the women’s squad, who scored its best team finish since the 2001 season, while K-State’s men placed 11th.
Junior Beverly Ramos led the Wildcat women with a fourth place individual finish and a 6K time of 20:46.80, while the men were led by Danny Schneider with a 57th place finish and an 8K time of 26:14.33.
The sixth-place team finish is the best finish for the women since 2001 when Amy Moritmer led the Wildcats to a fourth place individual finish. The Wildcats now have four top 10 finishes on the season in five total competitions.
Texas Tech’s women won the championship for the first time of the Big 12’s existence and became only the third different team (Colorado and Kansas State) to take home the championship in 13 years. Oklahoma State won the men’s championship giving the Cowboys their first conference title and snapping a 12-year conference win streak by Colorado.
Sally Kibyago, of Texas Tech, won her third career individual women’s race at the Big 12 Championships with a time of 19:45.0. Oklahoma State’s freshman German Fernandez won the men’s race with an 8K time of 23:47.38.
“Our women ran tough and when you run like that you give yourself a great opportunity to be successful,” said head coach Michael Smith. “It wasn’t any one person effort it was a collect team performance that allowed us to capture our goal of finishing in the top half of the conference.”
Ramos was the Wildcats top runner for the fifth consecutive event and finished in the top ten for the fifth time this season. Following Ramos for the Cats was senior Liliani Mendez with a 15th place finish and a time of 21:40.25. Sydney Messick ran just her second event of the season due to injury and placed 32nd overall with a time of 22:12.55.
Seniors Danny Schneider and Alex Umberger finished their Big 12 careers leading the Wildcats as they have the previous four events. Schneider was the top runner followed by a 60th place finish by Umberger clocking a time of 26:31.53. With the leadership of the veterans the men were able to top Oklahoma to finish 11th overall.
K-State will continue action at the Mid-West Regional Championships Nov. 15 in Stillwater, Okla.