Wildcats Travel to Bill Bergan Invitational

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State Wildcats will test themselves in another team scored meet this week with the annual Bill Bergan Multi Events and Invitational hosted by Iowa State. The meet also will be the first time this season K-State gets to compete at the Leid Recreational Center - site of the Big 12 Championship.

Thursday begins the two days of competition for the men's heptathlon with freshman Isaac Mallory making his debut in a combined event for K-State. Mallory has been competing in the pole vault for the Wildcats up to this point in the season. Two women will compete in the pentathlon for the Wildcats with Lauren Garrott also making her debut in the multi's. Senior Stephanie Hejde will also take on the field in the pentathlon on Friday.

The field and running events are set to start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for the Invitational with a full field of competitors anticipated. K-State will take on two fellow Big 12 schools for a chance to gauge its conference competition in host Iowa State and Missouri. Squads from North Dakota, North Dakota State and South Dakota will also compete along with Minnesota's No. 12 ranked men. K-State is currently No. 23 in the USTFCCCA rankings.

K-State Claims Second at Adidas Classic
The Kansas State track and field team got its first taste of true team competition last week traveling to Nebraska for the Adidas Classic. The Wildcats finished second in both the men's and women's competition behind Nebraska with Missouri, Colorado State, Air Force and Wichita State behind them.

K-State's men scored 86.50 points to finish second behind Nebraska that came away with 206 points for the meet. The women's squad tallied 106 points and trailed Nebraska by 61. Points were awarded to the top six finishers in each event to come up with team points.

The Wildcats left Lincoln on Saturday with four event titles with the men and women each claiming two. TiAra Walpool leapt past the field in the women's triple jump with a new personal best mark of 41-00.25. Emilee Morris notched K-State's other victory for the women's team winning the mile run in 5:01.97 shattering her previous best time by nearly seven seconds.

Erik Kynard, Jr. got another win in the men's high jump leaping 7-02.25 and for the second time this season for another NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Ben Love ran a personal record of 48.81 seconds in the 400 meters to get a win and tallying 10 points for K-State's men.

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