MANHATTAN, Kan. – The K-State Track and Field teams open the new year on Saturday, as the Wildcats are set to host the Wildcat Invitational on January 12 at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas.
The Wildcat Invitational marks the third meet of the season for K-State, after opening the indoor season in December with the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon and K-State Winter Invitational on December 7th and 8th. Saturday’s Wildcat Invitational gets started with the field events at 9:30 am CT, followed by events on the track at 2:00 pm. Admission to the meet is free.
K-State will compete in a double dual-scored meet against Arkansas Pine Bluff, North Texas and UMKC, meaning each team will compete individually against each team for points. Last year, the K-State women held a 4-0 record when competing in dual meets, earning them the No. 6 ranking in the final 2018 Track and Field News indoor dual meet rankings.
“We will have most of our team competing this weekend, with most people focusing on one or two events.” Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Cliff Rovelto said. “From the staff’s perspective, there’s doing what you need to do now but still having enough in the tank when it matters the most.”
Back in December, the Wildcats posted a number of impressive marks at the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon and K-State Winter Invitational, including senior Brett Neelly‘s throw of 20.15m/66-01.5, breaking the 37-year old school record previously set by Ray Bradley in 1981. In addition, Neelly’s throw earned him recognition as the first male Wildcat to be named USTFCCCA Athlete of the Week during the indoor season, while holding the best throw in the NCAA and the second-best throw in the World this season.
In total, K-State produced nine marks from the first two meets of the season that stand in the top-20 of the NCAA entering this week. The Wildcats look to improve those marks heading into the new year.
The Wildcats will also take a pair of USTFCCCA National rankings with them into 2019, after earning No. 24 and No. 28 rankings for the men and women on Thursday. With both teams ranking in the top-30 of the country, it marks the first time since week two of 2017 that both teams accomplished such a feat.
At last year’s Wildcat Invitational, K-State won the dual competition by defeating Arkansas Pine Bluff, Prairie View and Texas Southern. Senior Rhizlane Siba broke her own Moroccan National record in the high jump at the meet, jumping 1.82m/5-11.50 to lead the Wildcats to the sweep.
Following the Wildcat Invitational, K-State will travel to Lawrence, Kansas to compete in the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular on Friday, January 18. Last year, the Wildcats won the in-state competition with the Jayhawks and Shockers for the first time since 2015.
Live results for the Wildcat Invitational will be provided by Heartland Timing and can be found here. More information on the meet can be found on kstatesports.com by clicking here.
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Source: Kansas State Sports