K-State Ready For Final Meet Before Big 12 Indoors

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s track and field team looks to build momentum heading into next week’s Big 12 Indoor Championships as it hosts the inaugural Steve Miller Open in Ahearn Field House on Friday.

Previously the K-State Open, the Steve Miller Open – named for the former Wildcat athletics director and head track coach – will give fans the opportunity to watch the sixth-ranked women’s team and the Wildcat men compete in Manhattan before the Big 12 Indoor Championships and the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, on March 11 and 12.   

The meet is slated for a 4 p.m. start time with the women’s long jump and women’s weight throw in the field. Events on the track will begin at 6 p.m. with the Deb Pihl Women’s Mile Run.  

At last season’s K-State Open, the Wildcats saw numerous athletes record personal bests en route to 12 first-place finishes in Ahearn Field House. 

K-State is coming off of another strong weekend as 10 athletes set new personal bests in various events at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Wildcats also saw four first-place finishes by Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye in long jump, Colton Donahue in the 3000 meter run, Lukas Koch in the mile run and Kimberly Williamson in high jump.  

Sophomore Terrell Smith broke the school record at the Tyson Invitational in the 200 meter dash with a time of 20.93, topping his previous personal best and school record of 21.00. 

The Wildcats also sent senior Sonia Gaskin and junior Morgan Wedekind to compete at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa. Wedekind recorded a strong result in the meet, setting a new personal best in the 3000 meter run with a time of 9:43.20. 

In-meet updates can be found on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday and using #KStateTF. Live results for the Steve Miller Open can be found here. 

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