K-State Opens Up Outdoor Season at TCU

March 19, 2014

Heat Sheets | Meet Schedule

K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With the indoor season officially complete, K-State Track and Field opens its outdoor season in Fort Worth, Texas for the TCU Invitational this Thursday. The season-opening trip to Texas will be the first of three trips to Texas this season for the Wildcats.

Thursday’s action will consist of two events, the discus and hammer throws, with the women’s discus kicking off the meet at noon. Friday will open once again in the field at 9:30 a.m., with the men’s javelin then conclude on the track with the men’s and women’s 4x400 meter relays, scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m.

Live results will be available for the meet and can be found by visiting the TCU Athletics home page or the K-State Track and Field schedule page and clicking on the meet’s tab.

#KStateTF Quick Hits

• Last year’s outdoor season saw seven individuals and the men’s 4x100 team compete for the Wildcats at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Three athletes, Jharyl Bowry in the long jump, Erik Kynard in the high jump and Kyle Wait in the pole vault, earned first team honors, while two more, Tomas Kirielius in the decathlon, Martina Tresch in the 3000 meter steeplechase were named to the second team. The men’s team also made history by placing 23rd, which marked the first time since 1939 the men’s squad had finished in the top-25 in three-straight years.

At the Big 12 Championships, the Wildcats had a total of four athletes win individual titles. Kynard and Wait each won in their respective events, while Sara Savatovic in the hammer throw and Tresch in the steeplechase nabbed titles for the women. Team performances were also notable as the men’s 96 points scored were the most ever by a men’s squad and the women’s 66 points were their most since 2008.

• The 2014 indoor season was filled with plenty of success and firsts for the Wildcat team as a whole. In the top-10s, the K-State men had 11 athletes make school history, while the women had a total of eight individuals and the 4x400 ‘A’ team with top-10 marks, including four athletes with multiple marks. The personal best performances for K-State were even more impressive, as a total of 25 Wildcats set one or more PRs on the season.

• The USTFCCCA made an official announcement this past Monday on the Division I All-Americans for the first and second teams, as well as the honorable mentions. As expected, Kyle Wait earned first team honors for his eighth-place finish in the pole vault, while Devin Dick, Alyx Treasure and Erica Twiss were all named to the second team. All-American accolades are determined by the USTFCCCA by place of finish at the NCAA Championships with the one through eight spots earning first team and the remaining nine through 16 spots earning second team.

What’s Next?

• The Wildcats split into groups for two meets. One group will head right back to Texas for the annual Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, with the 87th edition of the meet expected to run four days, from March 26 to March 29. The other group will remain in-state and travel to Emporia, Kan., on March 29 for the Emporia State Open.