Wildcats finish 3rd, 19th at Joe Piane-Notre Dame cross country invitational

The Kansas State men's cross country team prepares for a six-kilometer race at the J.K. Gold Classic in Augusta, Kansas, on Sept. 1, 2018. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

Redshirt sophomore Ethan Powell led the Kansas State men’s cross country team to a third place finish out of twenty teams in the Joe Piane-Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, on Friday.

Powell placed fifth in the five-mile race with a time of 24:28.59

In its first performance at this meet, K-State scored 107 points with multiple top-50 finishes.

Sophomore Cooper Schroeder placed 13th (24:38.33), freshman Hadley Splechter in 22nd (24:54.86), sophomores Kerby Depenbusch and David Lutgen in 29th (25:02.39) and 38th (25:15.47), respectively. Junior Noah Stevenson rounded out the group, finishing 48th (25:21.98).

K-State fell only behind Utah Valley and Miami with 86 points each. Utah Valley took the tiebreaker.

On the women’s side, the Wildcats placed 19th overall. Freshman Jaybe Shufelberger led the Wildcats for a second consecutive competition with a 16th place finish in the five-kilometer race with a time of 17:26.92.

Two other Wildcats placed inside the top 100. Sophomore Cayli Hume finished 89th (18:29.26) and senior Anna Keeley came in 98th (18:38.44).

Finishing out the women’s lineup on the day were freshmen Hannah Stewart (114th, 18:45.91), Delaney Kemp (133rd, 19:02.48), Sydney Burton (172nd, 20:03.18) and redshirt sophomore Alex Ferguson (179th, 20:38.68).

Next for the Wildcats will be the Under Armour Pre-Nationals Event on Oct. 19 in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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