A Look Back at an Exciting Wildcat Weekend
From the Wildcat track and field team's stellar performance at this year's Big 12 Outdoor Championship to K-State baseball's Sunflower Showdown series win, there was plenty of excitement to go around.
Also competing this weekend was Wildcat men's golf sophomore Matt Green, who tied for 25th overall at the 2015 NCAA San Diego Regional, and the K-State rowing team, which placed third at the Big 12 Championship.
Here's a closer look at this weekend's action:
TRACK AND FIELD WOMEN PLACE SECOND AT BIG 12S
Akela Jones snagged high-point honors and Kim Williamson took home the high jump title, highlighting a stellar final day showing for K-State Track and Field at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Ames, Iowa.
Tallying 129.50 points over the three-day meet, the women finished second to only Texas (141.50), while the men took eighth with a score of 62 points.
Head coach Cliff Rovelto had plenty of praise for the overall team effort, mentioning the women's performance particular as going above and beyond even his expectations coming into the meet.
"From our perspective, we scored well beyond what I had us doing. We had so many athletes perform well," Rovelto said. "Coming into the meet, I had us at mid-90s and I had Texas with 160 points or so and then there were literally the two-through-six spots I had between the 90s and low-100s. So, obviously that is not what happened. It was a great effort."
To continue reading about the Wildcat men's and women's team's finishes at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship, please click here.
BASEBALL NO. 6 SEED IN BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
After securing its seventh trip to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship in the last eight years on Saturday, the K-State baseball team learned Sunday evening that it will open the 2015 edition of the postseason tournament in a matchup against Oklahoma at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Wildcats (26-28, 10-14 Big 12) will arrive in Tulsa as the No. 6 seed in the double-elimination tournament while the Sooners (32-25, 13-11 Big 12) are the No. 3 seed. Seeds are determined by finish in the Big 12 regular season standings.
K-State and Oklahoma are joined in division two of the eight-team bracket by second-seeded Oklahoma State and seventh-seeded West Virginia. The Cowboys and Mountaineers will face off at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, with the winner taking on the winner of the K-State-OU contest on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The losers will face off on Thursday as well, with first pitch set for 12:30 p.m.
For more information on the Wildcats' trip to Tulsa, please click here. To read about the Cats' series vs. Kansas, you can click here.
ROWING POWERS WAY TO THIRD AT BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
K-State women's rowing used medal performances by its 1st Varsity 8 and 2nd Varsity 8 to finish a close third at the Big 12 Women's Rowing Championship in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Putting in a spirited effort, the Wildcats notched a top-three finish at the conference championship for a second-consecutive season.
In total, the Wildcats tallied 89 points to finish less than 20 points behind runner-up Oklahoma (107), while Texas took home the title.
Head coach Patrick Sweeney praised the 1V8 and 2V8 on a collective hard-fought effort that was integral to the team's overall top-three finish.
"I thought the 1V8 and 2V8 did a good job today. I was really pleased with what they were able to accomplish," Sweeney said. "It was tight racing all day, and they really had to pull it out to get those medals."
To continue reading about the Wildcat rowing squad's weekend, please click here.
GREEN TIES FOR 25TH AT NCAA REGIONAL
Kansas State men's golfer Matt Green carded a 1-over par 73 Saturday to jump three spots and finish in a tie for 25th place in the 2015 NCAA San Diego Regional at the par-72, 6,947-yard Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Green ended the 54-hole tournament at 5-over par 221.
"It was a solid round for Matt today," head coach Grant Robbins said. "He got off to a slow start with a double on his first hole, but he stayed patient and finished strong with birdies on three of his last five."
For scores and more on Green's performance at the NCAA Regional, please click here.
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STREB CLOSES SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND AT WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP
Former Wildcat men's golfer Robert Streb (2005-09) finished the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship in a three-way tie for fourth place with Topeka native Gary Woodland and Phil Mickelson this weekend after firing a 12-under par 288.
Despite a solid opening round on Thursday where Streb shot 7-under par 65 to take a one-shot lead, he fell behind Rory McIlroy and Patrick Rodgers, who finished first and second, respectively, the following three rounds after carding a 69 on Friday, 71 on Saturday and 71 yesterday afternoon.
The top-10 finish this weekend boosted Streb to a No. 10 FedEx Cup ranking with 1,039 points and a No. 89 Official World Golf Ranking. Streb has competed in 18 events this season with six top-10 finishes.