K-State Hosts Ward Haylett Invitational

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State track and field team hosts its final regular-season outdoor meet as it welcomes Kansas and UMKC to R.V. Christian Track for the Ward Haylett Invitational on Saturday. 

The home event will be the Wildcats’ final tune-up before they hit the road to Fort Worth, Texas to compete at the Big 12 Championship on May 13-15. 

This will be the first time K-State has hosted the event since the 2014 season after last season’s meet was cancelled. At the 2014 edition of the meet, the Wildcats saw a total of 15 personal best marks, five top-10 school marks set and a total 13 first-place finishes. 

The meet will also be the Wildcats’ second-straight competition in the state of Kansas after last weekend’s Rock Chalk Classic in Lawrence. In total, the team posted eight first-place finishes highlighted by freshman Tyler Merkley breaking the school record in the men’s hammer throw. 

Fans will also have the opportunity to watch a handful of former Wildcats compete in the meet who are looking to pursue their Olympic dreams. Alyx Treasure will compete in the high jump and Erica Twiss will race in the 400 meter hurdles. On the men’s side, Jeff Julmis will race in the 110 meter hurdles, while sprinter Carlos Rodriguez will race in the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash. 

Competition is set to kick off at 10 a.m. CT with the Susie Norton women’s javelin throw, men’s hammer throw, Connie Teaberry women’s high jump, Breanna Eveland women’s pole vault and the Herb Hoskins men’s long jump. Events on the track are slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. CT with the Teri Anderson women’s 1,500 meter run. 

As part of the meet’s festivities, K-State will also welcome members of the 299th Brigade Support Battalion to the meet, as the track and field team’s partner unit will be presenting the fourth annual Heartbeat of the Team Award. Tentatively scheduled for 12:15 p.m., the award presentation will be followed by head coach Cliff Rovelto recognizing this year’s outgoing crop of seniors.

The first 100 fans through the doors will have the option of receiving a K-State T-shirt or a K-State water bottle. Admission to the meet is free. 

In-meet updates for the meet can be found by following the @kstate_gameday on Twitter or by following the live results by clicking here

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