K-State runners’ season comes to an end

Erin Lee, freshman in biology, runs ahead of the other women at the end of cross-country practice at Northeast Park on Nov. 4, 2016. (Regan Tokos | The Collegian)

The Kansas State cross-country season came to a close on Friday afternoon as neither the women’s or men’s team qualified for the national meet.

The women finished in 21st with a total of 567 points while the men finished three spots higher than last year, in 18th with 491 points.

In the women’s race, senior Morgan Wedekind was the top finisher for the Wildcats, as she finished in 38th with a time of 21:08.8 in her final race for K-State. The next best finisher was junior Kayla Doll, who ended in 83rd with a time of 21:43.1. True freshman Sydney Collins ended her first season very well with a time of 22:14.3 and a 129th-place finish.

Sophomore Emma Wren finished her season in 147th with a time of 22:31.8, another true freshman Anna Keeley ended in 183rd with a time of 23:00.9 and sophomore Amanda Thate finished in 229th with a time of 24:32.7 in her first race of the season.

On the men’s side, junior Colton Donahue was the highest finisher for K-State as he ended in 73rd with a time of 31:45.9. Juniors Bryan Zack and Lukas Koch ended with times of 31:59.8 and 32:12.8 and in 83rd and 95th place, respectively.

In his final race, senior Blake Goodin finished in 118th place with a time of 32:31.4. Sophomore Joe Gorthy finished in 148th with a time of 33:08.5 after finishing in 161st a year ago.

Freshman Keegan Donahue ended his season in 174th place and crossed the finish line at 33:57.1

The cross-country teams will now focus on the upcoming indoor track and field season.

Their first meet will be on Dec. 9 when they host the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon. The next day the Wildcats will host the Wildcat Invitational. Both meets will be held in Ahearn Field House.