SE: Wildcat Weekend Update
It was another busy spring weekend for K-State Athletics! Today’s K-State Sport Extra takes a look at how each team fared over the weekend and glances ahead to what’s coming up next.
WILDCAT FOOTBALL: SPRING PRACTCICE UNDERWAY
It’s April! And that mean’s spring football is underway in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcat football team is hard at work preparing for this year’s Purple/White Spring Game at 1:10 p.m., on Saturday, April 23.
K-State kicked off its spring practices last week and will conduct practices each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday leading up to the spring game. Head coach Bill Snyder and select players will address the media each Tuesday leading up to the spring game, so stay tuned to K-State Sports Extra throughout the month for updates on the Wildcats’ spring practice.
K-State returns 40 letterwinners and 16 starters from last year’s squad, including six players that have earned All-Big 12 honors during their respective careers in defensive back Dante Barnett, fullback Winston Dimel, defensive tackle Will Geary, linebacker Elijah Lee, place kicker Matthew McCrane and punter Nick Walsh. Additionally, center Dalton Risner is back for his sophomore campaign after earning Freshman All-America accolades in 2015.
The Wildcat football team also recently announced the 12 members who will serve as player representatives for the 2016 season. Barnett, Lee, McCrane, Risner, Deante Burton, Jesse Ertz, Joe Hubener, Charles Jones, Trent Tanking, Dayton Valentine, Nick Walsh and Jordan Willis were chosen by their teammates to serve as player representatives for the program this year (you can learn more about the player representatives by clicking here).
Tickets for the 2016 Purple/White Spring Game are on sale for $5 through the K-State Athletics Ticket office online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS or at the main ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum. The game will be shown world-wide on K-StateHD.TV and can be heard across the K-State Sports Network.
TRACK AND FIELD SOLID AT UCLA LEGENDS INVITATIONAL
Following a stellar first day where the K-State track and field team saw three athletes earn first-place finishes, K-State closed out competition at the UCLA Legends Invitational in UCLA Drake Stadium with six first-place finishes on day two.
Overall, the women’s side finished in second place with 124.5 points, while the men took third place with 94 points. UCLA’s men and women both won the meet with scores of 185.333 points and 173.5, respectively.
On the first day of competition, freshman Tyler Merkley broke K-State’s hammer throw record with a personal best toss of 62.31m/204-05 for first place in the event.
Senior Sonia Gaskin recorded her third first-place finish across all events this season in the women’s 800 meter run, finishing with a time of 2:08.12, while sophomore Lukas Koch also notched a first place finish with a time of 3:51.51 in the men’s 1500 meter run.
The following day, senior Akela Jones, in her first outdoor competition of the season, recorded first-place finishes in both the 100 meter hurdles (13.36) and high jump (1.90m/6-02.75). Fellow senior Tia’ Gamble also finished in first place in the 400 meter dash with a personal best time of 54.12.
Jones and Gamble were joined by freshman Ranae McKenzie and sophomore A’Keyla Mitchell as part of the 4x400 meter relay team that finished in first place with a time of 3:37.35.
The Wildcats were equally successful in the field as junior pole vaulter Zack Supple set a new personal best after recording a jump of 5.11m/16-09.25 and newcomer Shadae Lawrence also recorded a win in women’s discus throw with a mark of 56.40m/185-00.
To continue reading about the UCLA Legends Invitational, please click here for a recap of the first day, and here for a recap of the second day of competition.
WOMEN’S GOLF CLIMBS FOUR SPOTS TO FINISH SEVENTH
Backed by three scores below 75, K-State women's golf jumped four spots in the final round on Saturday to finish in a tie for seventh place at the SMU/DAC Invitational. The Wildcats recorded a 9-over par 297 in the final round to finish with a 54-hole total of 44-over par 908 at the Dallas Athletic Club.
K-State’s four-spot improvement on the leaderboard was the second highest of the day as the Wildcats finished ahead of three top-50 teams, including No. 16 Iowa State and No. 25 Texas Tech.
“We had a better day today,” K-State head coach Kristi Knight said. “It was nice to move up the leaderboard in the last round. I am proud of the team’s effort, but we cannot continue to put ourselves toward the back in the first round.”
Junior Madison Talley picked up her fifth top-20 finish of the season and 13th of her career as she finished in a tie for 18th at 7-over par 223. Fellow junior Katherine Gravel-Coursol carded a 9-over par 225 to finish in 23rd place following a final-round score of 2-over par 74. Junior Page Nelson also fired a 74 on Saturday to finish in a tie for 36th at 13-over par 229.
To continue reading about the Wildcat women’s golf team’s weekend, please click here.
ROWING STRONG AT SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC
K-State rowing’s 1V8 made the Grand Final for the second-straight season, while the 2V8 and 1V4 each made the Petite Final as the rowing team closed out competition at the San Diego Crew Classic on Sunday.
“I think it was an up-and-down weekend,” head coach Patrick Sweeney said. “I thought we raced really well on Saturday. We took a step forward, but on Sunday we did not take that next step.”
The 1V8, consisting of coxswain Meaghan Kuzmich and rowers Marissa Butrum, Noelle Dykmann, Mary Rose Eakes, Kayla Brock, Samantha Bendrick, Ariana Thompson, Erin Roeser and Madi Haney recorded an impressive result on Saturday, finishing in second place in the second heat to qualify for the Grand Finals with a time of 6:59.325, just behind Miami who took first place with a time of 6:52.121.
To continue reading about the Wildcat rowing team’s weekend, please click here.
BASEBALL FALLS RUN SHORT, SWEPT BY NO. 22 TEXAS TECH
K-State baseball scored a run in the ninth and had the game-tying run at third base, but the Wildcats lost their fourth one-run game in conference play as they fell to No. 22 Texas Tech, 6-5, on Sunday at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock, Texas.
The Wildcats (12-17, 0-6 Big 12), who have lost four straight, used back-to-back singles by Josh Ethier and Clayton Dalrymple in the ninth to set up the potential rally. After Jake Wodtke moved each runner up a base with a sacrifice bunt, Josh Rolette, who had two RBI in the game, drove in Ethier with a groundout to the right side of the infield to pull K-State within one for the second time on the afternoon. Jake Scudder, however, was unable to plate Dalrymple from third for the game-tying run as he grounded out to second base.
The loss resulted in a series sweep for the Red Raiders (20-8, 8-1 Big 12), which was also K-State’s second time being swept in Big 12 play – a first since 2014.
TENNIS TAKES DOUBLES POINT, LOSES TO NO. 35 TCU
Despite capturing the doubles point to take an early lead, K-State women's tennis was defeated, 4-1, at No. 35 TCU on Sunday at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The Wildcats (8-9, 0-4 Big 12) came out strong against the Horned Frogs (11-2, 3-0 Big 12), taking the doubles point with wins in the No. 1 and 3 positions. The biggest win came via freshmen Ana Garcia Navas and Millie Stretton, who defeated No. 27 Sada Arantekin and Caroline Wegner 7-6 (6) in the No. 1 position. The win gives the freshmen their first victory over a ranked opponent as a pair.
Palma Juhasz and Livia Cirnu helped set up the doubles point victory by taking down Olaya Garrido-Rivas and Mia King 6-3 in the No. 3 position.
"We have been working on doubles a lot the past couple of weeks and it is paying off," explained K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. "What I am most happy about is how disciplined we were in doubles and how we went for it when it really mattered. That did not happen earlier this season, so that is a major progress for our team.”
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MEN’S GOLF SETS SIGHT ON OLD WAVERLY COLLEGIATE
The Old Waverly Collegiate Championship will play host to the Kansas State men’s golf team Monday and Tuesday at the Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi. The Wildcats will play 36 continuous holes beginning at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow with the final round getting underway at the same time on Tuesday.
K-State is coming off its best team performance against par since 2014 after finishing at 15-under par 849 at the Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Arizona, on March 18-19. The Wildcats finished eighth out of 20 teams in Arizona but are eager to climb up the board this weekend.
“We are looking forward to getting back on the road and competing at Mississippi State this weekend. Old Waverly is a course I am very familiar with, and I think it sets up well for our team,” said head coach Grant Robbins. “We've had some good practices the last several days and the guys are gaining some confidence going in.”