Wildcats Split For Austin and Emporia

March 26, 2014

Texas Relays: Meet Central | Schedule || ESU Open: Heat Sheets | Meet InfoK-State AthleticsMANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State Track and Field will be competing in two meets this weekend, with one group heading back to Texas for the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin and the other staying in-state for the Emporia State Spring Open. The relays kicked off today with the multi-events and are scheduled to continue through Saturday, March 29, while the Open will take place on Saturday.

The Wildcats will be in store for a competitive field in Austin, as this year's field will feature 232 collegiate teams. Among the athletes making their outdoor season debut for K-State will be 2014 Indoor All-Americans Kyle Wait and Alyx Treasure, as well as Big 12 Champion Sara Savatovic.

In Emporia, K-State sends a slightly larger number of athletes, including All-American Erica Twiss, to compete in the spring open for the fourth-straight season. Last season saw K-State athletes set two meet records and another two reach new personal bests at the Open.    

Action for K-State in Austin is scheduled to start tomorrow with the women's hammer throw at 12:30 p.m., and continue through Saturday concluding with the men's and women's 4x400 relays. Live results will be provided and can be found by visiting the K-State Track and Field schedule page and clicking on the meet's tab.

Competition in Emporia will start on Saturday with the women's hammer throw at noon and conclude with 4x400 relays.

More information on both meets, including the heat sheets and meet schedule, can be found by visiting www.k-statesports.com.

#KStateTF Quick Hits

• The USTFCCCA released its Outdoor Track and Field Preseason Rankings this past week with both the men's and women's squads ranking in the Division I top-50. The Big 12, as a whole, is represented well with seven schools, including K-State, in the men's top-50, while the women currently have eight, including four in the top-25. The K-State men and women both slot in at No. 36 in the country.

• The Wildcat women distance runners had an exceptional start to the outdoor season last weekend in Fort Worth, Texas. Competing primarily in the 800 meter, 1500 meter and 3000 meter runs, the group combined for 11 total top-10 finishes, including four in the top-three. Sonia Gaskin headlined the effort with a first-place finish in the 800, while Martina Tresch placed second and third in the 1500 and 3000, respectively. The Wildcats also got a boost from Erika Schiller, who, in her season debut, registered top-10 finishes in both the 1500 and 3000 meter runs.

Rounding out what looks to be a deep Wildcat distance for the women were Heather Ruder, Marija Stambolic, Marie Taylor and Morgan Wedekind, who all picked up at least one finish in the top-10.

• In the throws, Alex Roe kept the impressive season for the Wildcat throws group going, as he registered a personal best in the hammer throw - a mark also good enough for fourth in school history. Roe, along with Savatovic, Dani Winters and Ryan Hershberger, will all be in action this weekend. Each member of the foursome capped off the indoor season with scoring performances at the Big 12 Championships.

What's Next?

• The Wildcats are scheduled to make a West Coast swing, continuing split-squad action for one more week. K-State will compete in Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational, as well as Santa Barbara, Calif., for the Sam Adams Multi with both meets running from April 4-5.