Cats to meet tough competition in Indiana


The cross country team will compete in the Pre-National Invitational at Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday. The meet is expected to be some of the strongest competition the team has seen this season.

“It will be a pretty good meet,” coach Michael Smith said. “We’re going against some of the better teams in the country.”

The women’s team has been split into two divisions for this weekend’s race. Each division features 13 ranked teams. K-State is not currently ranked.

The Wildcat women will be running in a 6-kilometer race for the first time this year. The race this weekend should help prepare the team for running the distance at conference and regional meets, Smith said.

“To be realistic, ours focus is on getting better at racing the entire race distance,” he said.

On the men’s side, they will be competing in an open race, allowing the team to focus on improving its skill level and building from its current experience.

Smith said the men’s team is waiting to put together a full lineup until a conference meet.