Wildcats Open Outdoor at Tulsa Duels

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State track and field team will make the transition from indoor to outdoor this weekend as the Wildcats head to the Tulsa Duels in Oklahoma. The Wildcats are sending a strong group of student-athletes to compete in the meet in the first outdoor action of the season.

Last season, the Wildcats opened outdoor season at the Tulsa Duels with five athletes winning their respective events. Two of those Wildcats are gone paving the way for new K-Staters to make their mark. Ali Pistora and Cory Boulanger won the women's and men's javelin at last year's meet with a number of other Wildcats placing among the meet's leaders. K-State will look to make a splash in the javelin and hammer throw again with the trio of Pistora, Chelsie Bonds and Amanda Boor on the women's side.

K-State is set to begin action Friday with the hammer throw and javelin. The hammer throw will be held in Stillwater at Oklahoma State's facility with the javelin and all other events taking place at Tulsa Track/Soccer Stadium.

Rovelto Likes Potential for 2010 Wildcats
The success of 2009 has Kansas State track and field coach Cliff Rovelto excited heading into the 2010 campaign as his Wildcats return a strong base of athletes and welcome in a group of newcomers capable of standing on the podium at the Big 12 Conference Championship. Two All-Americans return on the men's team with one female Wildcat earning All-America honors running her final year in Purple. A total of six Wildcats who competed at the NCAA Championships are back.

The Wildcats find themselves in a position where the major contributors from a year ago are back and still young. The men's team has just two seniors in 2010 and the women have seven on the squad. With the men's team finishing 16th in the NCAA Outdoor Championship, Rovelto said he believes the Wildcats can establish themselves as one of the nation's top teams. As for the women, they stand poised to turn heads if the young Wildcats can perform like the men's team from a year ago.

Two Wildcats Named All-Americans
In addition to their impressive showings at the NCAA Indoor Championships, Erik Kynard, Jr. and Beverly Ramos were named to the USTFCCCA All-America Team. Kynard keeps the streak alive for K-State with a Wildcat male or female being named All-American in the high jump each year since 2003 during indoor season. Ramos earned the first All-America honor for K-State in a women's long distance event since Amy Moritmer set the school record to finish fourth at the 2003 NCAA Championship.

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