Two Wildcats Open Outdoor with Regional Marks

EMPORIA, Kan. Kansas State’s outdoor slate opened on Wednesday with two NCAA Regional qualifiers in the javelin, as the Wildcats competed at the ESU Spring Twilight in Emporia, Kan. Cameron Traxson and Ali Pistora each earned a qualifying mark to the NCAA Midwest Regionals set for Lincoln, Neb., on May 30-31.


Traxson finished third for the men in the event with a throw of 210-02. The distance marks a personal best as a Wildcat since the Cheney, Kan., native transferred from Cowley County Community College. For the women, freshman Pistora took the title in the event with a launch of 148-02. The personal-best toss not only qualifies the Lawrence, Kan., product for her first regional event but also puts the young Cat into the KSU history books. Pistora’s toss sits as the seventh-best mark in K-State history, passing former Wildcat Ashleigh Rogers who had a mark of 141-05.


In addition to Pistora’s title in the javelin, K-State notched victories in six other events, including two from each freshman Kyle Van Horn and freshman Kristel Williams. Van Horn won both the men’s 110M hurdles and 400M hurdles. In his first outdoor races for K-State, the freshman finished the 110M hurdles in a time of 15.86 and the 400M hurdles in 58.70. Williams ran a time of 16.16 in the 100M hurdles and 1:05.03 in the 400M to finish first in each.


Other men’s winners include Bryce Bergman, as the Baileyville, Kan., senior cleared a height of 16-00.00 in the pole vault. Marcus Ball won the men’s fourth event with a run of 50.87 in the 400M.


The Wildcats will also be competing in the final indoor event, the NCAA Indoor Championship, starting on Fri., March 14th. Live results can be followed on, while a recap will be made available at