K-State Runners Compete at NCAA Cross Country Championships
Cedar Falls, Iowa-Kansas State cross country runners Trisha Culbertson and Mathew Chesang competed at the NCAA Cross Country Championships held at the Irv Warren Golf Course on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa today.
Aiming for all-American status, which is given to runners who finish in the top 30, Chesang and Culbertson were unable to pull off the feat, finishing in 127th (out of 254) and 165th (out of 252), respectively.
"I am really proud of the way Mathew (Chesang) and Trisha (Culbertson) have run all season," head cross country coach Randy Cole said. "With both runners coming back next season, I know this experience will only strengthen their desire to return to the championships next year."
Chesang finished the 10,000-meter course in a time of 31:04.3. Dathan Ritzenhein of Colorado, who also took home the individual title at the Big 12 Championship, won the race in a time of 29:14.1.
On the women's side, Culbertson finished the 6,000-meter course in a time of 21:40.6. Shalane Flanagan of North Carolina won the individual women's title in a time of 19:30.4.
Stanford swept the team titles at the championships, marking the first time since 1996 (Stanford) a school has pulled off the feat.
The meet marks the end of the cross country season for the Wildcats. K-State will open the indoor track and field season on Friday, December 12, with the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathalon at Ahearn Field House.