K-State Competes in Lincoln at Husker Invitational

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field continues its February road swing with a stop in Lincoln, Nebraska for the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational this weekend, Feb. 6-7. Held at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Indoor Track, the 40th annual invitational hosts 12 Division I schools including four from the Big 12 in the Wildcats, Iowa State, Kansas and Oklahoma State.

Action is expected to start tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 6, at noon with the multi events and continue into Saturday, Jan. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. Further meet information, including heat sheets, the meet schedule and a link to live results, can be found by visiting the Nebraska Track and Field homepage. For updates on K-State Track and Field follow @kstate_gameday on Twitter under #KStateTF. 

What to Watch For

The Wildcats will travel light this weekend with the track athletes, as well as a few throwers making up the majority of the group. The individuals in action include Sara Savatovic in the weight throw, Dani Winters in the shot put, Carlos Rodriguez in the 200-meter dash and Sonia Gaskin in the 800-meter.

For Savatovic, she will look to improve upon a season-best throw of 19.59m/64-03.25, which currently ranks 31st in Division I. A returning All-American in the hammer throw, Savatovic holds a weight throw personal best of 20.59m/67-06.75. Winters, on the other hand, has been hot of late, setting shot put personal bests in four-consecutive meets with her latest effort of 16.73m/54-10.75 placing her firmly at ninth-best in Division I. The junior thrower’s latest PR is also the top shot mark in the Big 12.

On the track, both Rodriguez and Gaskin will look to move up the national leaderboard in their respective events. Rodriguez is coming off a 7th-place 200m performance this past weekend at the New Mexico Team Invitational that saw him run a season-best time of 21.44 seconds at altitude – good for ninth-fastest in the Big 12. The senior All-American will compete in the ninth section of a 10-section 200m final this Saturday, set to begin at 3:30 p.m. In the 800m, Gaskin’s season-best and personal best time of 2:08.12 is the 14th-fastest in Division I. Converted to 2:06.66 by TFRRS, Gaskin, who set her latest PR at this year’s Triangular, is one of only 19 athletes in all of Division I to have ran a converted time of sub-2:07.00.   

#KStateTF Quick Hits

• In the latest USTFCCCA Division I Computer Rankings, the Wildcat women moved up from No. 12 to No. 11, while the men just sit outside of the top-25 at the No. 28-spot – a six-spot improvement from last week. K-State also ranks No. 1 on the women’s side and No. 2 on the men’s in the Midwest Regional Index. More information on the Wildcats’ latest moves in the rankings, including their spots in the latest Track and Field News Dual Meet Rankings, can be found here.

• In individual news, Wildcat Akela Jones was named the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Female Athlete of the Week for her record-setting win in the Jayhawk Classic pentathlon. Scoring a career-best 4,402 points, Jones shattered the Anschutz Sports Pavilion facility record in the multi of 4,073, while also moving to No. 2 in the K-State top-10. Jones currently holds top-15 Division I marks in four events – 60-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump and pentathlon. 

• Lastly, while not in action this week, K-State’s group of high jumpers, both men and women, have impressed so far this indoor season. On the men’s side, freshmen Christoff Bryan and Nate Gipson sit No. 3 and No. 9, respectively, on the national leaderboard, while sophomore Miles Bearden is 14th to give the Wildcat men three high jumpers in the national top-15. The women have had similar success with the foursome of Alyx Treasure (7th), Akela Jones (13th), Rhizlane Siba (16th) and Kim Williamson (25th) all holding top-25 national marks. While still relatively early in the season, though Big 12s loom at the end of the month, the Wildcats are one of only three schools (Nebraska and Iowa State, the others) to have both men’s and women’s high jumpers in the DI top-20 and the only school to have multiple athletes on each side in the top-20.

Rankings N’at
(Please Note: Only marks in the Top-50 DI and Top-20 Big 12 are displayed according to TFRRS – converted marks are not used)

Men

EventAthleteMarkDivision IBig 12
60mTerrell Smith6.69 aa33rd6th
200mTerrell Smith21.5723rd5th
400mChristopher Campbell47.48 aa45th5th
4x400
3:11.16 aa30th4th
High JumpChristoff Bryan2.25m/7-04.503rd2nd

Nate Gipson2.19m/7-02.259th4th

Miles Bearden2.16m/7-0114th5th
Long JumpDevin Field7.48m/24-06.5024th2nd

Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye7.43m/24-04.5029th3rd
Triple JumpDevin Field15.43m/50-07.5029th2nd
HeptathlonReinis Kregers57773rd1st


Women

EventAthleteMarkDivision IBig 12
60mA'Keyla Mitchell7.4028th4th
200mA'Keyla Mitchell23.9611th2nd
800mSonia Gaskin2:08.1214th3rd
60HAkela Jones8.173rd1st

Erica Twiss8.28 aa14th4th
4x400
3:37.985th2nd
High JumpAlyx Treasure1.83m/6-007th1st

Akela Jones1.82m/5-11.5013th2nd

Rhizlane Siba1.81m/5-11.2516th3rd

Kim Williamson1.79m/5-10.5025th5th
Long JumpAkela Jones6.38m/20-11.256th1st

Erica Twiss5.99m/19-0840th5th
Triple JumpAlyssa Kelly12.57m/41-0333rd3rd
Shot PutDani Winters16.73m/54-10.759th1st
Weight ThrowSara Savatovic19.59m/64-03.2531st1st
PentathlonAkela Jones44042nd1st

Erica Twiss411412th3rd

Sarah Kolmer368033rd6th

Joslyn Barnes349549th9th


What’s Next?

The Wildcats get their first look of the season at the home of the 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships with the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 13-14 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The meet will be K-State’s final road meet of the regular season, as the Wildcats will return home for the K-State Open the following week before setting out for the Big 12 Championships in Ames, Iowa on Feb. 27-28.