Cross Country team prepares for Big 12 Championship

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The Wildcat cross country team competes in the Big 12 Championship on Saturday.

Head coach Michael Smith said the Big 12 Conference is the strongest conference in the NCAA, and he holds high expectations for the women’s team in this year’s championship.

“I expect the women to run to their potential,” Smith said. “I want to see in the race what I see in the practice.”

Smith believes the women’s team is in the top half of the conference. From the Big 12 meet, five teams will advance to the NCAA Championship.

“Invariably, it’s hard,” Smith said. “It’s not one person you’re relying on, but multiple people.”

Front-runner Beverly Ramos, senior, is preparing not only for the race, but also for the end of her collegiate career.

“Every single race is the last thing I’ll do [in college],” Ramos said. “I really have high expectations.”

Ramos said she is prepared to do her part, but it is a team effort that wins the meet.

“I don’t regret anything,” Ramos said, reflecting on her career. “It’s been great.”

The men’s team will also be competing at the conference meet.

“I think we’re going to compete as well as we can,” said junior Jack Sachse.

The majority of the team is comprised of freshmen and sophomores, and Smithsaid he hopes the team can build on the conference meet for future years.

“The guys are developing,” Smith said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys.”

This year’s Big 12 Conference Championship will be held in Columbia, Mo.

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