Ramos Finishes Season at Championships
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Beverly Ramos competed in the NCAA Championships yesterday and finished 55th out of 252 of the best runners in Division I. The junior clocked a 6K time of 20:52.0.
Going into the race Ramos’ and head coach Michael Smith’s plan was to have Ramos run with the loaded Washington team for as long as she could. As the race wore on Ramos began to slip behind the leading pack but continued to push finishing in the top quarter of the star-studded event.
“She started off hard, maybe a little too hard and in the end she just couldn’t maintain position,” said coach Smith. “We don’t want to look at it as a disappointment because she competed well and had a great season as did the whole team. We will look at things from this year and see what went well and what didn’t go so well and look to improve for next year.”
The overall team Champion was Washington. The team was led by two freshmen, Christine Babcock and Kendra Schaaf, who finished seventh and 12th respectively.
Sally Kipyego, a senior from Texas Tech, won the NCAA Championships for the third time in her accomplished career becoming the first woman to do so. Kipyego ran a 19:28.1.
Ramos finished a historical season at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course. Throughout the season the native of Puerto Rico placed first in three events, clocked the fastest 6K time in K-State history and became the first runner in five years to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Ramos will now begin training for the indoor track season where she looks to improve on her 10th place finish in the mile-run at the Big 12 Championships a year ago and also compete in some longer distance races this year as well. Waiting to see how training plays out Ramos will look to start her indoor season sometime in late January. When the indoor season comes to a close, Ramos will then take to the outdoor season. An All-American last season in the 3000m steeplechase, Ramos has proven her success on the track as well during her athletic career thus far at K-State. With the continued training for long distance races she may experience with some races that she didn’t run a year ago.
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