Wildcats Host K-State Open

MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State Track and Field closes out its regular season indoor slate hosting the K-State Open this Friday, Feb. 20, in Ahearn Field House. With the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships only a little over a week away, the Wildcats welcome Wichita State, several NAIA schools and a few notable unattached athletes among others this week.


Action kicks off with the women's weight throw at 5 p.m., and continues throughout the evening, concluding with the men's and women's 4x400 relays. Further meet information, including heat sheets, the meet schedule and a link to live results, can be found by visiting the K-State Track and Field homepage. Live results will be provided by Heartland Timing, with up-to-the-minute results also being posted on Twitter @kstate_gameday under #KStateTF.  

What to Watch For

Several Wildcats return to action including pentathletes Sarah Kolmer and Joslyn Barnes while Megan Vanderpool in the pole vault and Jordan Matthews in the 400-meter will look to improve upon recently set season-bests. On the men's side, Kyle Smith in the weight throw, heptathlete Adam Deterding, as well as runners Lukas Koch and Kain Ellis highlight a young Wildcat group that continues to improve as the season has progressed.

Also worth noting, this Friday's meet features multiple former Wildcat All-Americans in action. In the high jump, Erik Kynard is expected to compete in Manhattan for the first time since last season's Wildcat Invitational, while decathlete Devin Dick and pole vaulter Kyle Wait will compete in their respective events unattached.

Last season's K-State Open saw Wildcat athletes set seven personal bests to go along with nine first-place finishes. Returning All-Americans Sonia Gaskin and Alyx Treasure, in particular, starred, setting PRs in the 800m and high jump, respectively. Gaskin clocked 2:08.41 to secure the fourth-fastest time in school history - she has since improved to No. 3 with a personal best of 2:07.80 - while Treasure cleared 1.83m/6-00 to tie her indoor personal best and seventh-best mark in school history. The senior jumper has already cleared that height once this season at the New Mexico Team Invitational.

#KStateTF Quick Hits

• Thanks to a strong effort at last weekend's Tyson Invitational, both the K-State men and women made considerable jumps up the latest USTFCCCA National Team Rankings. The women improved from No. 10 to No. 6, while the men jumped 13 spots to No. 16 in the country, making K-State one of 16 schools in Division I to have both its men's and women's programs rank top-25 nationally.

In the Midwest Regional Index, the men's and women's rankings of No. 3 and No. 1 remained the same.

This week's rankings were also the first of the season to factor in 2014-15 season marks solely, meaning preseason times/marks from previous seasons are no longer considered towards a school's overall standing in the country.

• Junior Akela Jones was awarded her second Big 12 Indoor Track and Female Athlete of the Week in the month of February this past week. Jones dominated competition in Fayetteville, notching personal best and school record performances in the long jump and 60-meter hurdles, while also clearing 1.85m/6-00.75 in the high jump. Including her mark in the pentathlon of 4,402 points from this past January, Jones currently holds NCAA-qualifying marks in four separate events.

• The final indoor edition of the Track and Field News Dual Meet Rankings saw the women finish at No. 2 and the men at No. 11. The women, who finished 4-0 in dual meet competition, placed behind only Arkansas and did not rank lower than No. 7 at any point this season. The men, on the other hand, were the third-highest ranked Big 12 school at No. 11 and, at 5-0, were one of four schools in the top-25 to have five or more victories in dual meets this indoor season.

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 aa38th6th
200mTerrell Smith21.5736th7th
4x400
3:10.9741st6th
DMR
9:56.5040th6th
High JumpChristoff Bryan2.28m/7-05.751st1st

Nate Gipson2.21m/7-037th4th

Miles Bearden2.16m/7-0120th6th
Long JumpIfeanyichukwu Otuonye7.43m/24-04.5046th6th
HeptathlonReinis Kregers57773rd1st


Women

EventAthleteMarkDivision IBig 12
60mA'Keyla Mitchell7.4037th5th
200mA'Keyla Mitchell23.9624th4th
800mSonia Gaskin2:08.1228th10th
60HAkela Jones8.177th3rd

Erica Twiss8.28 aa19th5th
4x400
3:34.277th2nd
High JumpAkela Jones1.85m/6-00.75T-6thT-1st

Kim Williamson1.85m/6-00.75T-6thT-1st

Alyx Treasure1.83m/6-0011th3rd

Rhizlane Siba1.81m/5-11.2521st5th
Long JumpAkela Jones6.64m/21-09.501st1st
Triple JumpAlyssa Kelly12.57m/41-0348th6th
Shot PutDani Winters17.45m/57-033rd1st
Weight ThrowSara Savatovic19.59m/64-03.2535th1st
PentathlonAkela Jones44042nd1st

Erica Twiss411413th3rd

Sarah Kolmer368046th6th


What's Next?

The Wildcats travel to Ames, Iowa for Big 12 Indoors set to run Feb. 27-28. Last season saw both the men and women finish in the top-five at the conference.