Wildcats Head to Lawrence for Bill Easton Classic

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field opens the New Year on the road, competing this Friday at the Bill Easton Classic in Lawrence, Kansas. Hosted by the Jayhawks at Anschutz Sports Pavilion, the Wildcats will compete against their Big 12 foe along with various D1 and NAIA schools. This Friday’s meet will mark the third-straight indoor season K-State has competed in Lawrence.


Action is scheduled to begin with the field events at 1 p.m. and continue throughout the day with the men’s 4x400 relay wrapping up competition later in the evening. Live results will be available the day of the meet at www.blacksquirreltiming.com. Along with live results, further information, such as heat sheets and the meet schedule, can be found by visiting KU Athletics’ homepage. For up-to-the-minute results on K-State, follow @kstate_gameday under #KStateTF.

What to Watch For…

The Wildcats are coming off a strong start to the season that saw four school records broken at the K-State Winter Invitational and Adam Deterding and Erica Twiss sweep the men’s and women’s portions of the Carol Robinson Pentathlon. At the Bill Easton Classic, newcomers, such as A’keyla Mitchell and Akela Jones, will look to build off their respective fast starts, while All-Americans Carlos Rodriguez, Sara Savatovic and Twiss will start the early road to potential NCAA qualification.

For Mitchell and Jones, both are coming off school record setting performances. Mitchell sped her way to the 60-meter record with a time of 7.40 seconds, while also helping the 4x400 to a school record-setting time of 3:37.98. In the 60-meter hurdles, Jones, a transfer from Oklahoma Baptist, bested the previous record of 8.24 by finishing in a time of 8.17 seconds. Both Mitchell’s and Jones’ individual marks currently sit in the top-five of Division I competition.

Elsewhere, Rodriguez and Savatovic will debut in the 200-meter dash and weight throw, respectively. Rodriguez, who ran the 60-meter and 300-meter at last month’s Winter Invitational, earned All-American honors in the event as a sophomore in 2013. Savatovic, meanwhile, is the reigning Big 12 Champion in the weight throw and coming off a sophomore campaign that saw her also earn both All-American recognition and a conference title hammer throw. Lastly, Twiss, who scored an impressive 4,114 points in the Carol Robinson Pentathlon will compete individually in the long jump for the first time this season. She leapt 5.99m/19-08.00 in the event at last month’s pentathlon.

#KStateTF Quick Hits

• The USTFCCCA released its 2015 Indoor Preseason Rankings this past week, with the K-State women in particular nabbing a spot in the top-25. Slotting in at No. 12, the women’s team cracked the Indoor Division I Top-25 for this first time since 2008, when they ranked No. 25 at the sixth week of the season – note: the highest they would rank that year was No. 18.

On the men’s side, they opened the rankings at No. 68 in the country. To view the men’s and women’s preseason rankings click here.

• The K-State women’s 2015 recruiting class was ranked as No. 6 in the country according to Track & Field News. The Wildcats were the lone Big 12 school to rank within TFN’s top-10. For a quick refresher on K-State’s 2015 class, click here and TFN’s rankings can be found here.

• In individual news, FloTrack has made mention of two Wildcat athletes in its 2015 NCAA Indoor Preview so far. Devin Field, who is coming off an outdoor season that earned him first team honors in both the long and triple jump, was tabbed as a contender for the triple jump title, while Sonia Gaskin, first team outdoor honors in both the 800-meter and 4x400, was named a contender for the 800m title. Links to the triple jump and 800m previews can be found here and here, respectively.

Rankings N'at
(Please Note: Only marks in the Top-25 DI and Top-20 Big 12 are displayed according to TFRRS – converted marks are not used)

Men

EventAthleteMarkDivision IBig 12
60mTerrell Smith6.767th1st

Carlos Rodriguez6.8213th2nd
MileBlake Goodin4:19.9218th1st

Colton Donahue4:21.8023rd2nd
4x400
3:16.735th2nd
High JumpThilina Karunaratne2.10m/6-10.758th1st

Miles Bearden2.05m/6-08.75T-15thT-3rd

Nate Gipson2.05m/6-08.75T-15thT-3rd


Women

EventAthleteMarkDivision IBig 12
60mA'keyla Mitchell7.403rd1st
800mErica Twiss2:14.324th1st
MileMary Frances Donnelly4:58.091st1st
3000mLaura Galvan10:03.5313th1st

Erika Schiller10:07.4318th2nd
60HAkela Jones8.171st1st

Erica Twiss8.477th3rd
4x400
3:37.981st1st
High JumpRhizlane Siba1.81m/5-11.253rd1st

Erica Twiss1.71m/5-07.2512th4th
Long JumpErica Twiss5.99m/19-08.005th1st
Shot PutDani Winters15.80m/51-10.007th2nd
Weight ThrowDani Winters18.04m/59-02.2525th2nd
PentathlonErica Twiss41141st1st

Joslyn Barnes358210th2nd

Sarah Kolmer349515th3rd


What’s Next?

K-State returns to Manhattan for back-to-back home meets the next two weekends, starting with the KSU-KU-WSU Triangular on Jan. 17 at Ahearn Field House. The Wildcats will play host to both the Jayhawks and Shockers with action set to begin in the morning at 11 a.m. More information can be found by visiting the K-State Track Field homepage at www.kstatesports.com.