Good afternoon Wildcats!
All of our spring sports are gearing toward postseason play and our student-athletes are beginning preparations for final exams. At K-State, we take great pride in our goal of providing a world-class student-athlete experience and the total development of our student-athletes, both on the field and in the classroom.
In that regard, last night was our second annual Powercat Choice Awards at Bramlage Coliseum, an ESPY-like show that is put on by our student-athletes. Be sure to check out k-statesports.com to see all of the winners plus photo and video features. Also, we recently held our annual Career Cats luncheon in the KansasStateCars.com Club at Bill Snyder Family Stadium as many student-athletes dressed in business attire to participate in practice interviews with nearly 30 employers. All our fans should be proud of these young people and we appreciate the many employers who took time to participate.
We have had a terrific year as our student-athletes and coaches have not only represented Kansas State University in a first-class manner but they also have put us in a position to have one of the best years in school history in terms of on-the-field success.
As you visit Bramlage Coliseum and Bill Snyder Family Stadium you will notice numerous facility enhancements that are in the midst of the building process. Steel beams are being erected for the view level restroom addition at the football stadium, while our current field surface is in the process of being removed. We have recently added a live 24-hour interactive webcam at k-statesports.com that shows continuous progress of the new Basketball Training Facility project and today have added a second one to feature the turf installation process - pretty neat features!
We appreciate all of you who attended last weekend's spring football game as Coach Snyder and the squad wrapped up drills with one of the most exciting and entertaining games in recent memory. Be sure to reserve your place now for the 2011 season as season tickets are on sale for our seven-game home schedule which features five exciting Big 12 Conference games. Visit k-statesports.com for all ticket prices and options.
Recently, three of our teams had dominating performances in Lawrence as Coach Bietau and the tennis squad recorded a big victory over the Jayhawks and the rowing team picked up a 13-6 win over KU to reclaim the Kansas Cup. The tennis squad went on to set a new school record for wins in a season by defeating the Jayhawks for the second time in a week during first-round action of the Big 12 Championships in Waco, and Coach Bietau and the rest of the Wildcats will find out later today if their historic season will continue in the NCAA Championships.
In track at the Kansas Relays, Ryann Krais set a new school record in the 400m hurdles to win that event and also took gold in the 100m hurdles, while Ali Pistora won javelin honors by recording the top mark in the Big 12 this season. The men's 4x100 relay team also finished first while Mitch Loring took top honors in the 1,500m. Krais then went on to break her 400m hurdles record this past weekend at the prestigious Drake Relays, while the women's 4x800 relay team and high jumper Erik Kynard had big performances in Iowa.
Coach Hill and the baseball team have won six of their last eight games as they head down the stretch in May. They will begin an eight-game home-stand tonight at 7 p.m. against Cal State Bakersfield, while their final 12 games will all be played in the state of Kansas.
Congrats to Coach Lisabeth and our equestrian squad on their terrific run recently at the 2011 Varsity Equestrian National Championships. For the second straight year, our Western squad advanced to the national title round and came away with Reserve National Championship honors!
We also had a very unique opportunity to host Tianjin, China's top professional volleyball team, at Kansas State University and Bramlage Coliseum recently. Not only did our team benefit from the opportunity to play an Olympic-caliber squad, but the university community was terrific in hosting our visitors during their stay in Manhattan - from our volleyball student-athletes and staff to our K-State student body, international student services, volunteer translators and hosts.
I also would like to congratulate Coach Tex Winter as he was one of 10 individuals last month named to the 2011 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The honor is well-deserved and we are proud to call Coach Winter one of our own!
That's it for today. Remember, visit k-statesports.com or sign up for our FREE daily K-State Sports Extra email for all of the latest news and information regarding Wildcat Athletics. We'll see you this week at Tointon Family Stadium and Saturday at the R.V. Christian Track Complex as baseball and track and field host home events.