Wildcat golf, cross country gear up for new season

Cross country/distance runner Morgan Wedekind leads a line of Tulsa runners around a corner en route to a win in the women's 8000 meter run at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational track and field meet on Jan. 24, 2015 at Ahearn Fieldhouse. (File Photo by Parker Robb | The Collegian)

Men’s cross country:

K-State men’s cross country ended last season with a eighth place finish in the Big 12 Championship at Lawrence’s Rim Rock Farm.

The Wildcats will look to junior Jeff Bachman this season, after he led his team finishing 53rd with a time of 25:53.6 in the 8K race.

“(Jeff) has been very consistent,” head coach Ryun Godfrey said. “I think he has made good improvements from last year and it’s just a testament to the work that he has put in. I think he is going to continue that trend.”

Women’s cross country:

The K-State women didn’t fare much better last season, coming in sixth in the Big 12 Championship.

Junior Morgan Wedekind will look to lead the Wildcats this season, after finishing 20th at Rim Rock with a 6K time of 21:09.04.

Men’s golf

Though K-State brought up the rear last season, but the men have room for hope.

All five members of their Big 12 tournament team are returning, including junior Seth Smith, who finished 36th overall, and junior Matt Green, who finished 20th in the Big 12 and participated in the NCAA Men’s Golf Regional.

“Matt and Seth have shown some good things this year and the others got some great experience that will only make them better,” head coach Grant Robbins said. “With five new players coming in, we will have more depth and the competition for playing time will be much greater next season.”

Women’s golf:

The Wildcat women came up with a last place finish at the Big 12 Championship last season.

Sophomore Connie Jaffrey and junior Madison Talley, however, both return after good finishes – especially Talley, who was one of only 24 players nationally to earn a individual bid to the NCAA Women’s Golf Regional.

Tim Everson was born in Wichita, KS in 1994. Before fifth grade he moved up to Manhattan for one year before settling in Riley, KS where he graduated from Riley County High School in 2012. Tim has worked for the Collegian since spring of 2014 and took over as Sports Editor during the summer of 2015. Tim loves sports, music, movies and good food when he can get it.