MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s and women’s track and field teams are set to open their 2018-19 indoor schedule this weekend with a pair of home meets including the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon on Friday, December 7 and the K-State Winter Invitational on Saturday, December 8 at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas.
“It’s an opportunity to compete. They have been training all semester without competition, especially the younger kids. They have never trained for this length of time, so it is giving them the chance the opportunity to compete and see where they are,” Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Cliff Rovelto said. “It’s definitely special for everyone as it’s an opportunity to put on the uniform for the first time this season.”
The pair of home meets marks the beginning of the 2018-19 indoor track and field schedule, and the first two of four meets that will be hosted at Ahearn Field House this season. Admission to both events is free.
The Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon kicks off at 10:00 a.m. CT, while the K-State Winter Invitational action begins on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the start of the field events, followed by running events at 1:00 p.m.
The pentathlon features a five-event men’s and women’s competition, including the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800 meters for the women and 1.000 meters for the men. This year marks the 18th-consecutive running of the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon, dating back to 2001. However, the KSU Pentathlon dates back to 1992, when it debuted as the Wildcat Pentathlon/Septathlon.
The K-State Winter Invitational on Saturday features a dual-scored meet between K-State and UMKC, where the K-State women had great success a season ago, posting a perfect 4-0 record in dual-meet competitions, ranking them No. 6 in the country by Track and Field News.
“‘Part of these early competitions are to find out who we are,” Rovelto added. “I think we have talented people, but sometimes that doesn’t necessarily always translate to points, so we will see where we are at week to week and keep trying to improve as the season goes on.”
The Wildcats will look to pick up on a successful 2017-18 indoor campaign, that saw then-sophomore Nina Schultz claim First Team All-America honors in the pentathlon, while senior Terrell Smith earned second-team All-America honors in the men’s 200 meter, running a school record 20.81.
At the conference level, the Wildcats earned two individual Big 12 Championships, including senior Mitch Dixon‘s championship in the men’s weight throw and Schultz’s victory in the women’s high jump. Schultz also went on to garner Big 12 women’s High Point honors, scoring the most points (23) by an individual in the meet. As a team, the K-State women placed fifth with 85 points, while the men placed sixth with 59.50 points, which led to a historic showing at the 2018 Big 12 Outdoor Championship in May.
Live results for the meet will be provided by Heartland Timing and can be found here. More information on the meet, including a full schedule of events records and more can be found on kstatesports.com by clicking here.
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Source: Kansas State Sports