K-State runners gear up for Regionals

K-State women's cross country team warms up on a trail during an early morning practice at Frank Anneberg Park on Oct. 8, 2015. (File Photo by Cassandra Nguyen | The Collegian)

The Kansas State cross-country team will travel north for the NCAA Regional meet that takes place today in Iowa City, Iowa.

The women’s team is coming off a last-place finish at the Big 12 meet last weekend in Lubbock, Texas.

“It was a tough race, especially on the women’s side,” head coach Ryun Godfrey said about the Big 12 Championship to K-State Sports. “We did not run like we should be running. But I did not see anybody quit out there. Everybody gave the best that they had on the day. The women are disappointed with the result today, but the only thing we can do is move on. They are a pretty resilient group so they will bounce back.”

The best finish for the K-State women was senior Morgan Wedekind, who ended in 36th with a time of 21:54.7, while junior Kayla Doll ended in 44th with a time of 22:15.5 and freshman Sydney Collins had a good finish in 64th with a time of 22:57.1.

The men’s side finished in eighth as a team with 217 points. With a time of 26:34.5, junior Bryan Zack finished in 34th. Juniors Colton Donahue and Lukas Koch finished in 43rd and 44th with times of 26:48. 2 and 26:48.6 in the race, respectively.

“The guys did not race like they did last year so we are a little disappointed,” Godfrey said about the men. “I thought (Zack) ran really well. I also felt that (junior Sam Oxandale) had a pretty good day. We had a couple of guys that had good races and a couple of guys that did not have good races. That is just how it goes sometimes.”

The women’s race will begin at 11 a.m., and the men’s race is set to begin at noon with the awards ceremony taking place thereafter.