Men’s cross country team places in top-20 at NCAA Regionals

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The cross country team practices at the R.V. Christian Track and Field complex on Oct. 25, 2019. (Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

The cross country teams rounded out the end of the 2019 season with the NCAA Midwest Regional in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Friday with 12th and 23rd place finishes — their best performances at the meet since 2017.

Sophomore Ethan Powell led the way for K-State at this meet finishing 26th overall in 31:35.0. This was the best finish by any runner for the men’s team in 15 years at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship.

The 12th place finish from the men’s team was their fourth-straight finish in the top-20 and the second highest since 2017, when they finished 10th. The Wildcats finished with 317 points in the 10-kilometer race.

Four of the six men’s runners finished in the top-100 including sophomore Cooper Schroeder (57th, 32:11.1), freshman David Lutgen (74th, 32:29.9), freshman Hadley Splechter (81st, 32:41.0) and junior Noah Stevenson (82nd, 32:41.3).

Freshmen Jack Thomas and Kerby Depenbusch finished 112th and 152nd overall, with times of 33:06.2 and 34:01.7, respectively.

Sophomore Jackson Schroeder, who had the best finish for the Wildcats at the Big 12 Championships on Nov. 2 with a 22nd place finish, did not compete on Friday.

In the women’s six-kilometer race, Kansas State placed 23rd and finished with 675 total points. Freshman Jaybe Shufelberger had the highest finish for the Wildcats at 53rd with a time of 21:59.0.

Sophomore Cayli Hume (126th, 22:56.0) and senior Anna Keeley (193rd, 24:21.6) were the only returners from last year’s Midwest Regional on the women’s side. Freshmen Hannah Stewart (143rd, 23:11.2), Delaney Kemp (173rd, 23:45.9) and Cailan Steward (197th, 24:28.2) ran in their first Midwest Regional.

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