Wildcats Improve in Competitive Pre-NCAA Meet

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – In the most competitive meet of the season, the
Kansas State cross country teams managed to set numerous career record times for both the men and the women on a beautiful day in Indiana.

Six of the seven women’s runners set career-best times on their way to
23rd place out of 38 teams in the Blue race; Stanford took home first
place with 102 team points. Colorado runner Jenny Barringer set a
Wabash Valley Family Sports Center course record of 19:48.3 in the
White race.

For the second consecutive meet Liliani Mendez paced the K-State women
with a time of 21:11.5, good for 49th place. Newcomer Beverly Ramos
continued her debut season as a Wildcat, finishing 59th with a time of
21:19.5. Junior Emily Dittemore stood out among the Wildcat runners by
clocking a time of 22:19.8, nearly one minute faster than her pervious
6K career-best.

“Emily stepped up big for us today,” head coach Michael Smith said. “She
ran a minute faster than she has ever run before, so that helped us out
a lot. It was coming, the way that she has been running lately. You
knew that at some point that she was going to have a breakthrough.”

Alex Umberger paced men’s team for the seventh straight time, dating
back to last season’s Big 12 Championships, by finishing 32nd in the
open race and recording a career-best 8K time of 25:19.8. Junior Colin
Swaney ran his first race of the season and recorded a career-best 8K
time of 25:33.9. Danny Schneider, Tyler Fennema, Casey Johnson and
Clinton MacDonald also recorded career-best 8K times.

“We have been training quite well so they are quite a bit better than
they have ever been,” Coach Smith said. ”More importantly today was a
perfect day to run. Everyone was running fast because the conditions
were great. It was really a good day to run and our people ran well as
a result.”

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