K-State Looks to Overcome Expected Rainy Conditions in Arkansas


MANHATTAN, Kan. – It will be hard to top a weekend performance where two school records fell, but the Kansas State track and field team will look to do just that, potentially in the rain, as the Wildcats head to Fayetteville, Arkansas for the fourth-straight season to compete in the John McDonnell Invitational on Friday and Saturday. 

Although poor weather conditions are expected in Fayetteville this weekend, the team will send more than 30 athletes to compete against top competition including Arkansas, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and Missouri, among others.  

“The weather may not be ideal this weekend, but we have to be able to compete in all conditions,” Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Cliff Rovelto said. “The Championship meets this year are in locations where the weather is unpredictable. Hopefully, as a group, we can continue to progress the next couple of weeks leading into the Big 12 meet.”

The Wildcats will look to continue that progress after coming off of one of their most outstanding performances of the 2017 outdoor season, as both Janee' Kassanavoid and Mitchell Dixon set the women’s school record (66.97m/219-08) and the men’s school record (65.42m/214-07). 

Kassanavoid’s mark, coupled with three other first-place finishes by Kayla Doll (3,000-meter steeplechase), Shadae Lawrence (discus throw) and Shardia Lawrence (triple jump), helped the Wildcat women to win their first meet of the 2017 season with 150 points. Their efforts in the meet also propelled them to a No. 15 ranking in the USTFCCCA weekly poll, up 11 spots from last week’s No. 26 ranking.

Making their second-consecutive trip to the John McDonnell Invitational, the Wildcats will look to find equal success to its showing in 2016 which saw them win a total of 12 events. One of those first-place finishes came at the hands of former Wildcat Akela Jones, whose time of 12.94 in the 100-meter hurdles set the current school record in the event. 

Fans will have the opportunity to catch all of Saturday’s live on the SEC Network+ beginning at 4 p.m. The live stream of the race can be found here. Live results for both days of competition will be provided by Flash Results and can be found here

More information on the meet, including an updated schedule and ticketing information, can be found on Arkansas’ track and field website by clicking here

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