K-State Heads to Emporia for ESU Spring Open

MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State Track and Field continues its 2015 spring campaign with the ESU Spring Open on Saturday, March 28. Held at Fran Welch Stadium in Emporia, Kansas, the Wildcats will square off against a variety of programs including host Emporia State, Big 12 foe Kansas and UMKC.

The full-slate of action is set to kick off in the field at noon with the women's hammer and men's javelin throws and conclude later in the evening with the 4x4000s on the track. Live results will be provided and a link to can be found by visiting the K-State Track and Field schedule page and clicking on the meet's respective tab. For updates on K-State Track and Field follow @kstate_gameday on Twitter under #KStateTF.

What to Watch For -

The K-State women enter this weekend's meet as the No. 11-ranked program in all of Division I by the USTFCCCA. Announced earlier this week, the top-15 ranking for the women is the highest-ever in program history since the computer rankings began in 2008. It's an impressive accomplishment, as the women are one of six Big 12 women's squads to hold a spot in the national top-25 - only No. 3 Texas and No. 10 Baylor rank higher.

Last season's ESU Spring Open saw the women register multiple PR and meet record performances. Sophomore Morgan Wedekind clocked a meet record and then-personal best of 11:05.82 to place first in the 3000-meter steeplechase, while former Wildcat Erica Twiss set the meet record in the 100-meter hurdles of 13.74 seconds. Junior Alyssa Kelly, on the other hand, excelled in the field, leaping a then-personal outdoor best of 5.71m/18-09 in the long jump. In all, the women racked up two victories on the day.

On the men's side, throwers Dwight Davidson and Kale Mueller marked personal bests in the hammer and javelin throws, respectively, at last week's TCU Invitational. Both expected to be in competition this Saturday, Davidson and Mueller are part of a men's squad that accounted for eight top-five finishes in Fort Worth, Texas. Among those top-five finishers were Jason Coon, Colton Donahue, Kain Ellis and Terrell Smith, who are all expected to compete this Saturday.

What's Next?

The Wildcats travel to Waco, Texas for the Baylor Invitational on Friday, April 3. Held on the Bears' Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium, K-State is one of nine schools invited to compete. For more information, visit www.k-statesports.com.