Cross country teams finish third, fifth at Rim Rock Farm Collegiate Classic

K-State men's cross country team members follow two Wichita State runners during the J.K. Gold Classic in Augusta, Kansas, on Sept. 1, 2018. (File photo by Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Lawrence on Saturday to compete in the Rim Rock Farm Collegiate Classic, which was hosted by the University of Kansas.

This is the first time since 2015 that K-State has competed at Rim Rock Farms, with the last time being in the Bob Timmons Classic, where the women’s team finished second, according to K-State Sports.

As a team, the Wildcats finished third overall in the women’s 6,000-meter race to start off the day with 106 points. Six individuals placed for the women’s team, including four within the top 30.

Sophomore Cara Melgares (21:56.5) and senior Emma Wren (22:00.5) both placed in the top ten at fifth and sixth, respectively. Sophomore Kassidy Johnson (22:53.4) and junior Anna Keeley (3:13.3) finished in the top 30 at 21st an 29th, respectively.

Rounding out the standings for the women’s team were sophomore Victoria Robinson (53rd, 24:03.4) and freshman Karley Larson (70th, 24:45.2).

The women’s team for K-State finished ahead of 13 other schools but placed behind Kansas and UMKC.

The K-State men’s team placed fifth overall with 122 points. Eight individuals placed for the men’s team, including four in the top 35.

Freshman Cooper Schroeder finished seventh with a time of 24:48.9, senior Joe Gorthy at 11th with a time of 25:01.0, while freshmen Charlie Parrish and Dylan Brenneman came in at 33rd (25:49.0) and 35th (25:57.1), respectively.

Finishing out for the men’s team were junior Kurt Loevenstein (51st, 26:20.7), sophomores Pierce Flanders (56th, 26:27.4), Noah Stevenson (75th, 26:39.7) and junior Travis Hodge (96th, 27:06.1).

Kansas won the meet, followed by UMKC, UNA-Kansas, Nebraska Kearney and Fort Hays State rounding the top five ahead of K-State in sixth place.

The next competition for the Wildcats will be at the Bradley Pink Classic in Peoria, Illinois, on Oct. 12. The first race is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. This will be the last meet for K-State before the Big 12 Championship in Ames, Iowa.

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