K-State to Compete in John McDonnell Invitational

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State track and field team begins the final stretch of its 2016 campaign as it heads to Fayetteville, Arkansas to compete in the John McDonnell Invitational at John McDonnell Field on Friday and Saturday. 

With just three meets remaining before the Big 12 Championships in Fort Worth, Texas on May 13-15, the Wildcats will look to put together some strong performances in the remaining regular-season meets.

K-State has not competed at a full outdoor meet in Fayetteville since the NCAA West Preliminary was hosted there at the end of the 2014 season. At that meet, the Wildcats had multiple athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships and set new personal bests. 

The Wildcats did compete in Arkansas during their most recent indoor season, participating in the Tyson Invitational in February. 

During the Wildcats’ last meet, the team saw numerous athletes set new personal bests in their respective events at the KT Woodman Invitational in Wichita, Kansas. Junior Kain Ellis and Senior@alyssa also won their events, taking first place in the 800 meter run and triple jump, respectively. 

Senior Akela Jones was also in action last week, winning the heptathlon in record-breaking fashion with a final score of 6,307 points at the Mt. SAC Relays in Azusa, California. Her efforts earned her Big 12 Athlete of the Week honors, her first outdoor Athlete of the Week award this season. 

Both Ellis and Jones join one of the largest contingents K-State has sent to an outdoor meet this season for competition in Arkansas. 

The meet kicks off on Friday afternoon with the men’s discus throw at 2:30 p.m. CT. The women’s 3000 meter run will be the only collegiate track event on Friday and is slated to begin at 5:55 p.m. CT. 

Action will resume on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT with men’s hammer throw. Track events on the final day of competition begin at 2 p.m. CT with the women’s 100 meter hurdles. 

In-meet updates can be found by following @kstate_gameday on Twitter or by following the live results found on the meet central page, which can be found here.

The men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon, which began on Wednesday afternoon, are set to wrap up on Thursday with action resuming at 3:30 p.m. CT. To follow the final events in both competitions click here

For the latest on K-State track and field, follow @kstatesports and @KStateTFXC on Twitter using the hashtag #KStateTF or on the team’s Facebook page.