Wildcats Compete in Baylor Invitational

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- K-State Track and Field heads to Waco, Texas this week to compete in the Baylor Invitational. Held at the Bears' Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium, the Wildcats are one of nine schools invited to compete in a field that includes Big 12 foes Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma and TCU.

The one-day meet is set to kick off on Friday, April 3, at 11 a.m. with the men's hammer and women's javelin throws. The running events will wrap up action, with the first event on the track set to start at 3 p.m. Further meet information, including heat sheets, the meet schedule and a link to live results, can be found by visiting the Baylor Track and Field homepage. For updates on K-State Track and Field, follow at @kstate_gameday under #KStateTF.

What to Watch for -- Men

The Wildcat men will face off against their toughest competition yet this outdoor season, as Baylor (No. 13), Oklahoma (No. 31) and Kansas (No. 44) all rank within the top-50 of the Preseason USTFCCCA Division I Outdoor Rankings. Also competing will be North Texas, TCU, Texas State and University of Texas-Arlington.

Multiple athletes are expected to make their outdoor season debuts including Reinis Kregers and Zack Riley, who both competed at last season's NCAA Outdoors -- Kregers in particular took home second team honors in the decathlon. All-American Ivan Hartung is also expected to compete this Friday, as the senior Wildcat will look to build off his season-opening performance that saw him take first in the javelin at the TCU Invitational. Hartung's mark of 62.39m/204-08 currently ranks third in the Big 12.

Lastly, newcomers Dwight Davidson and Terrell Smith, who will both be in action this Friday, have excelled so far this outdoor season. Davidson, a junior-transfer from Cloud County Community College, has PRed in the javelin in two-consecutive meets with his latest effort of 61.81m/202-09 putting him right behind Hartung at fourth in the Big 12. For Smith, the freshman has built off a strong indoor season, most recently clocking 10.55 in the 100-meter at the ESU Spring Open to tie for the 10th-fastest time in school history.

What to Watch for -- Women

The Wildcat women will have several All-Americans in action this week, including outdoor season debuts from Tia' Gamble, Akela Jones and A'Keyla Mitchell. Ranked No. 11 in the preseason rankings, only Baylor at No. 10 ranks higher than the women out of the field entering this weekend. Along with the schools mentioned above, the Wildcat women will compete against Minnesota and SMU as well.

Other notables expected to compete alongside Gamble, Jones and Mitchell are returning All-Americans Sonia Gaskin, Danie Plank and Sara Savatovic. Plank, the busiest of the three so far this season, has started strong, winning her first two meets in the javelin and currently holds the fourth-best mark in the Big 12 at 49.70m/163-01. Gaskin, meanwhile, opened her outdoor campaign at last weekend's ESU Spring Open, setting meet records in the 400-meter (54.93) and as part of the 4x400 (3:51.72). And lastly, Savatovic will look to build off her second-place showing in the hammer throw at the TCU Invitational. The junior from Crvenka, Serbia, hit 58.42m/191-08 for the runner-up finish -- currently fourth-best in the conference.

What's Next?

K-State continues its April road swing with a stop in Tempe, Arizona for the 36th Sun Angel Track Classic on April 9-11. The Wildcats will be one of 20 schools attending the three-day meet held on the Sun Devils' Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium.