Cross country teams place fifth and 10th at Big 12 Championships


The Kansas State cross country teams competed in the Big 12 Championships in Ames, Iowa on Friday where the women’s team placed last out of 10 teams in the 6-kilometer race, while the men placed fifth out of nine in the 8-kilometer race.

All 10 teams in the league competed in the women’s race, while every team but West Virginia competed for the Big 12 men’s teams.

Both of Iowa State’s teams placed first: the men with 32 points, a total time of 1:59.23 and an average of 23:53, and the women with 35 points, a total time of 1:42.39 and an average of 20:32.

The men’s team placed fifth with 162 points, a total time of 2:07.07 and an average of 25:26. Kansas placed fourth with 79 points, a total time of 2:02.27 and an average of 24:30.

Freshman Cooper Schroeder led the men’s team in 22nd, running the race in 24:51.1.

Eight of Shroeder’s teammates also placed: senior Joe Gorthy in 29th (25:22.2), sophomore Ethan Powell in 30th (25:22.2), freshmen Charlie Parrish in 36th (25:33.9) and Dylan Brenneman in 45th (25:57.5) and sophomores Noah Stevenson in 52nd (26:33.0) and Pierce Flanders in 53rd (26:38.3).

The women’s team finished last overall with 240 points and a total time of 1:51.35. Their average time was 22:19. Just ahead in 9th place was Baylor with 238 points, a total time of 1:51.30 and an average time of 22:18.

Senior Emma Wren placed 34th overall with a time of 21:38.5. Sophomore Kassidy Johnson in 40th finished with a time of 21:44.9.

Other Wildcat women runners who placed include sophomore Cara Melgares in 45th (22:04.6), sophomore Cayli Hume in 58th (22:52.3), junior Anna Keeley in 63rd (23:14.3) and sophomore Victoria Robinson in 68th (24:44.8).

The next meet for the Wildcats will be at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Peoria, Illinois on Friday, Nov. 9.

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