Wildcats Help Big 12 Win Challenge

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Wildcat track and field team helped the Big 12 Conference win the Conference Challenge on Saturday against the Mountain West Conference. Three representatives from each conference competed in a dual meet at the Bob Devaney Sports Center with the Big 12 coming away from the win 249-118.


Kansas State contributed 41 points with points awarded to the top four finishers in most events. Events with smaller fields only awarded points to the top two. K-State’s women tallied 28 points with the men’s squad earning 13 points for the Big 12.


Lakeisha Pointer-Allen came away with a win for the Wildcats and five points in the 400M with a time of 57.37. The women also earned points in the 800M with freshman Boglarka Bozzay finishing second with a time of 2:09.80. The Wildcats continued to see success in the women’s distance runs with Liliani Mendez and Beverly Ramos teaming up to take the top two spots in the mile. Mendez finished the race in 4:46.79 a provisional qualifying time. Ramos followed in 4:51.36. Alyssa Bellinder finished fourth in the 3,000M to earn a point for K-State, and Sydney Messick rounded out the distance success placing second in the 5,000M.


In the women’s field events Cassie Styers finished second in the high jump with a mark of 5-05.00. TiAra Walpool won the triple jump with a leap of 40-00.75.


For the men, the Wildcats earned 13 points to aide in the win. Sprinter Mike Myer won the 200M with a time of 21.47. The Wildcats tallied another win with Jason Collett claiming first in the 800M. He made the run in 1:52.07. Emmanuel Neizer earned two points finishing third in the long jump. Nate Brummet finished fourth in the weight throw to tally one point for the Big 12 on K-State’s behalf with a throw of 61-01.25.


The Wildcats also had three of athletes participate in the Nebraska-Wesleyan Invitational following the Conference Challenge. Emilee Morris won the women’s 800M with a time of 2:22.76. Jacob Davies and Ed Buck finished sixth and seventh in the 800 for the men.


K-State track and field will be in action next weekend when the host the KSU Invitational, Heptathlon and Pentathlon on Friday and Saturday. The two-day event will be held at Ahearn Field House with competition starting at 10 a.m. each day.