Melgares, Schoen win Collegian Athlete of the Week

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Junior wide receiver Dalton Schoen catches a touchdown pass during K-State's football game against Mississippi State in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sept. 9, 2018. The Bulldogs beat the Wildcats 31-10. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

This week’s Collegian Women’s Athlete of the Week is sophomore Cara Melgares from the cross country team.

The entire team could be given the award, though, as they won the Vic Godfrey Open at Wayne E. Dennehl Cross Country Course in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Saturday.

Melgares led the Wildcats to a second-place finish in the meet with a time of 18:15.

Two other teammates also placed in the top 10. Junior Sydney Collins ended in fourth with a time of 18:22 while senior Emma Wren ended in sixth at 18:32.

“Both teams gave a great effort today,” head coach Ryun Godfrey told K-State Sports on Saturday. “The women’s team put together a nice race. Our top three are experienced and they raced very well. [Sophomore] Kassidy Johnson continues to impress and [freshman] Karley Larson ran much better this week.”

K-State cross country will be in action again on Sept. 29 at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence.

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K-State's Sydney Collins, Emma Wren and Cara Melgares (left to right) ran together during the women's 4k race at the J.K. Gold Classic in Augusta, Kansas on Sept. 1, 2018. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

For the Collegian Men’s Athlete of the Week, it goes to junior Dalton Schoen, who had a great touchdown catch in the end zone in Saturday’s loss to Mississippi State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

He wasn’t targeted that much in the game, but when they did go to him, Schoen made a big catch.

The sprawled-out catch in the end zone got K-State to within two touchdowns on Saturday. While that felt big at the time, the Wildcats couldn’t make a comeback during the game.

Schoen had two catches for 34 yards in the loss but could have been a lot more if he was sought out more regularly.

Schoen and the Wildcats will look to get back into the win column as they take on the University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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