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AWARD WINNING WEEK FOR WILDCATS

By Mark Janssen    

CHAMPIONS IN TEXAS: Wildcats Erik Kynard and TiAra Walpool were the Kansas State highlights over the weekend at the prestigious Texas Relays.

Kynard posted the highest NCAA outdoor mark of the year at 7-5.75 for the victory. Among those that Kynard defeated was professional jumper Andra Mason.

Also posting a win was Walpool with a triple jump of 42-1.25. Walpool was only in sixth place heading into her final jump when she popped the winning distance.

K-State's Mantas Silkauskas placed eighth in the 110 meter hurdles in a time of 13.97. Also making the finals was Jeffrey Julmis, but he tripped on a hurdle and did not place.

KELLY SHINES IN PORTSMOUTH: Kansas State forward Curtis Kelly posted positive numbers last week at the Portsmouth Invitational Basketball Tournament, which showcases some of the top seniors from the class of 2011.

Kelly's Subs System Ltd. Team went 1-2 with Kelly scoring a total of 35 points and claiming 19 rebounds in the three games. Kelly was 16-of-35 from the field.

Wildcat Jacob Pullen was invited to attend the pre-draft event, but opted not to play.

BOVAIRD RIDES TO ALL-AMERICAN HONORS: Wildcat freshman Kelly Bovaird was named last week to honorable mention All-American honors.

Specializing in the horsemanship discipline, the Tulsa, Okla., native opened the year with three straight match victories and continued the season by winning a trio of MVP honors among her nine 2010-2011 victories.

"It is a huge honor for Kelly to be recognized as one of the top athletes in varsity equestrian," said K-State head coach Casie Lisabeth. "She has worked extremely hard and made a lot of progress in her first year, so I am anxious to help her continue her trend for the rest of her collegiate career."

MARTINI KEEPS ON GOING, GOING AND GOING: Kansas State's Nick Martini extended his NCAA record of getting on base safely to 90 games over the weekend as the Wildcats went 2-1 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Tointon Family Stadium.

Martini was 0-for-3, but with a walk in Friday's 2-0 victory, followed by a 1-for-3 game and a hit-by-pitch in Saturday's 14-3 loss, and then was 0-for-2 but issued two walks in Sunday's 6-2 victory.

WILDCAT NETTERS SPLIT WEEKEND: The best opening to a women's tennis team in school's history improved a bit over the weekend as the Wildcats blanked Colorado, 7-0, on Friday, but then was edged by Missouri, 5-2, on Sunday.

The weekend split put the 40th-ranked Wildcats at 4-4 in the Big 12 and 13-5 overall.

K-State's single-season records came in 2003 with a 7-4 Big 12 record and 15-8 overall mark.

Still on the Wildcats' schedule are trips to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State next weekend, and a jaunt to Kansas on April 23.

The Big 12 Championship is in Waco, Texas, on April 28-May 1.

THOMPSON HONORED: Wyatt Thompson, the Voice of the Wildcats, has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the Hod Humiston Sportscaster of the Year Award, by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

"The state of Kansas has a very rich tradition of terrific sports broadcasters and the KAB is privileged to be able to honor one each year with this award," said KAB President Kent Cornish. "Wyatt exemplifies that tradition as he has worked his way to the pinnacle of his career announcing for an outstanding university athletic program like Kansas State."

Thompson will be honored with the award at the annual KAB Sports Seminar on May 4 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

CLASSY CATS HAVE CLASSY FINISH: K-State's Classy Cats placed fifth over the weekend at the National Dance Alliance National Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Wildcat squad was in eighth on Thursday after the preliminaries, but improved to fifth place in Friday's finals.


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