Wildcats Take on Top Talent in Arizona

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State track and field team heads back to the Southwest to compete in one of the biggest meets across the nation this week in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcats send a strong contingency to take on a talented field across the board at the Jim Click Shootout hosted by the Arizona Wildcats. K-State will also send five student-athletes to compete in the multi-events slated for the first two days of action.

Moritz Cleve leads a trio of Wildcats to compete in the decathlon with Mantas Silkauskas looking to build off his impressive freshman campaign last year. Tomas Kirielius will make his outdoor debut as the coaching staff hopes he can be a big contributor for K-State in the decathlon as well as a freshman. Senior Stephanie Hejde hopes to close her career at K-State with a solid senior season and has a freshman, Klaudia Demeter, looking to become a factor for the Wildcats in the heptathlon.

After the multi-events on Thursday and Friday, the Wildcats will compete in a full slate of events on Saturday at Drachman Track and Field Stadium. A total of 19 women and 21 men will make the trip as the Wildcats look to continue growing and building toward the Big 12 Championships in May.

The meet will welcome California, Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska in addition to host Arizona. The Jim Click Shootout will be a team scored event using the Championship scoring system traditionally seen at conference and NCAA championship meets. Relays will be scored differently with the top four finishers earning points toward the team totals.

The team scoring aspect of the meet will be a good opportunity for K-State to test itself against top competition. Cal's men are ranked No. 18 in this week's USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings with Minnesota's men coming in at No. 20 and Nebraska is No. 10. The Illinois women's team is No. 25 as well. Admission to the meet is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for youths.

Tresch Takes Title at ASUInvitational
Freshman Martina Tresch ran her way into the record books at both Kansas State and Arizona State at the ASU Invitational. Tresch won the 5,000M with a time of 16:33.61 to break the meet record by nearly 17 seconds and place herself sixth in school history for the event. The time also ranked 26th in the nation following that weekend's action.

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