K-State Faces Stiff Competition in Fayetteville

MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State Track and Field finishes up its indoor road slate with the two-day Tyson Invitational from Feb. 13-14 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Wildcats' final road meet before championship competition later this month, this weekend's action features a stacked field of over 30 schools, including 21 programs with at least a men's or women's team ranking in the top-25 and nine that have both squads nationally ranked in the top-25. 

Action is expected to start tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. with the women's mile on the track and women's long jump in the field and continue into Saturday, Jan. 14, beginning at noon. Further meet information, including heat sheets, the meet schedule and a link to live results, can be found by visiting the Arkansas Track and Field homepage. For updates on K-State Track and Field follow @kstate_gameday on Twitter under #KStateTF. 

What to Watch For

Held at the University of Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track Center, home of this year's NCAA Division I Indoor Championships, 29/10 (men's/women's USTFCCCA rankings) K-State will be one of eight Big 12 schools in action this weekend - joining 16/27 Baylor, 86/79 Kansas, 89/102 Oklahoma, 17/15 Oklahoma State, 26/115 TCU, 9/6 Texas and 14/12 Texas Tech. The Wildcats are expected to compete with 17 athletes each from the men's and women's sides.

Notables names expected to be back in action include freshmen Terrell Smith, Christoff Bryan and Nate Gipson for the men, while A'Keyla Mitchell, Akela Jones, Sonia Gaskin and Alyx Treasure headline a deep women's squad that will have all five of their returning All-Americans in action. 

#KStateTF Quick Hits

• The latest USTFCCCA National Team Rankings saw the women become the first Wildcat men's or women's squad to crack the top-10 since the rankings system began in 2008. Moving from No. 11 to No. 10, the women sit behind only No. 6 Texas in regards to top-ranked Big 12 schools and also continue to hold their top spot in the Midwest Regional Index. The men, meanwhile, remain just outside of the top-25 at No. 29 and are one of seven men's Big 12 schools to ranking within the national top-30. They currently are ranked No. 3 in the Midwest as well.

• With NCAAs a little over a month away, several Wildcats looked primed to make a second trip to Fayetteville this season. On the men's side, Christoff Bryan (3rd) and Nate Gipson (11th) in the high jump and Reinis Kregers in the heptathlon (3rd) all hold top-16 spots, while Miles Bearden (high jump - 18th) and Terrell Smith (200m - 28th) remain on the cusp of qualification.

The women's team, on the other hand, would have NCAA-eligible participants in 10 different events if the regular season ended today. Akela Jones, in particular, holds top-16 marks in four separate events - 60H, high jump, long jump and pentathlon - while the Dani Winters (3rd), Alyx Treasure (8th) and the women's 4x400 (7th) sit in their respective event's top-10.

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 aa36th6th
200mTerrell Smith21.5728th5th
4x400
3:11.16 aa34th4th
High JumpChristoff Bryan2.25m/7-04.503rd2nd

Nate Gipson2.19m/7-02.2511th4th

Miles Bearden2.16m/7-0118th5th
Long JumpDevin Field7.48m/24-06.5029th3rd

Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye7.43m/24-04.5035th4th
Triple JumpDevin Field15.43m/50-07.5032nd2nd
HeptathlonReinis Kregers57773rd1st


Women

EventAthleteMarkDivision IBig 12
60mA'Keyla Mitchell7.4032nd5th
200mA'Keyla Mitchell23.9616th3rd
800mSonia Gaskin2:08.1222nd5th
60HAkela Jones8:177th3rd

Erica Twiss8:28 aa17th5th
4x400
3:37.987th2nd
High JumpAlyx Treasure1.83m/6-008th1st

Akela Jones1.82m/5-11.5013th2nd

Rhizlane Siba1.81m/5-11.2516th3rd

Kim Williamson1.79m/5-10.5025th5th
Long JumpAkela Jones6.38m/20-11.257th1st

Erica Twiss5.99m/19-0846th8th
Triple JumpAlyssa Kelly12.57m/41-0341st6th
Shot PutDani Winters17.45m/57-033rd1st
Weight ThrowSara Savatovic19.59m/64-03.2532nd1st
PentathlonAkela Jones44042nd1st

Erica Twiss411413th3rd

Sarah Kolmer368041st6th


What's Next?

The Wildcats return home one more time for the K-State Open on Feb. 20 before heading to Ames, Iowa for Big 12s at the end of the month. Held next Friday in Ahearn Field House, the K-State Open will be the last home meet for the Wildcats until the Ward Haylett Invitational on May 2. Action is scheduled to begin in the field at 5 p.m. and continue into the evening with the 4x400 relays wrapping up the festivities. For more information on next week's home meet, visit www.k-statesports.com.