Cross country starts season

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The K-State cross country team starts its 2009 season this Saturday at Wichita State University where the men’s and women’s teams will be participating in the J. K. Gold Classic. Last year, both teams took first place at the meet.

The women’s team features six returning runners, including senior All-American Beverly Ramos, and two newcomers.

“I think the women can hope to achieve at the same level as last year,” said coach Michael Smith.

Smith expressed his confidence in the team and stated that it could be able to improve upon last year’s results with faster times.

“We’ve got a good group of women,” Smith said. “If we avoid injuries, stay healthy, the end of the year will be more fun.”

Four men return this year, along with seven newcomers. Smith said the early portion of the 2009 campaign will be a learning process for the squad, which lost three seniors from last season’s roster.

“They’re opposite of the women,” Smith said of the inexperienced men’s squad, which has only two seniors. “Young, but unproven guys learning how to train.”

The women’s four kilometer race is set to start at 9:00 a.m. and the men’s six kilometer race at 9:45 a.m.

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