`Cats Keeping Busy in Arizona
`Cats Keeping Busy in Arizona
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Akela Jones kicked off what will be a busy weekend of action for K-State Track and Field in Arizona this weekend. Competing in her first career heptathlon, Jones leads all competitors at the Jim Click Shootout after day one in Tucson, Arizona.
Her fellow teammates, meanwhile, get competition started on Friday, April 10, at both the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe and at Mesa Community College for the Mesa Track & Field Classic. The latter meet, in particular, will see Laura Galvan in the 5000-meter be the lone Wildcat competing, while All-Americans Alyx Treasure, Kim Williamson and Nate Gipson are set to make their outdoor season-debuts at Arizona State.
Further information on all the happenings for K-State Track and Field in Arizona can be found below.
Jones Leads after Day One of Jim Click Heptathlon
Akela Jones dominated in day one heptathlon action at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Arizona. Competing in her first career heptathlon, Jones set program top-10 multi marks in all four first day events, including capping off the day with a heptathlon school record time of 23.72 seconds in the 200-meter dash. In all, Jones scored 3,731 points to hold a slight lead over Salcia Slack of New Mexico Highland (3,631).
Opening competition in the 100-meter hurdles, Jones clocked 13.67 to take first-overall in the event. Jones, who clocked a wind-aided time of 13.46 seconds in the event last weekend, moved into fourth-best in school heptathlon history and seventh-best in school history with her latest effort. She would follow her hurdles performance up with strong showings in both the high jump and shot put. In the high jump, Jones once again took first overall, clearing 1.83m/6-00 -- nearly four inches higher than the rest of the field. The junior-transfer from Oklahoma Baptist then took to the shot put, throwing a final mark of 12.30m/40-04.25 for 681 points.
Jones' high jump mark put her at second-best in program multi history and ninth-best in school history overall, while the shot put mark was fifth-best in heptathlon history.
Finishing day one in the 200-meter, Jones sped past the field of seven in 23.72 seconds. Perhaps her most impressive performance of the day, Jones' times was the fastest in school heptathlon history, as well as the fifth-fastest overall by a Wildcat women's sprinter. In fact, it was the fastest time ran by a K-State sprinter since Donniece Parrish clocked 23.36 seconds at the 2008 Midwest Regional for the third-fastest time in school history. As for the multi record, the previous holder was Richelle Farley, who ran 24.20 seconds at the 2012 Big 12s.
Jones will look to keep momentum heading into the final day of the heptathlon, set to start at 12 p.m. CT on April 10 with the long jump. Live results can be found by visiting the Arizona Track and Field homepage.
Jim Click Combined Events
Roy P. Drachman Stadium
Heptathlon (Day One)
1: Akela Jones, 3,731 pts.
100H: 13.67 (0.0) -- 1,026 pts -- 4th-best in in school heptathlon & 7th-best in school history
HJ: 1.83m/6-00 -- 1,016 pts. -- 2nd-best in school heptathlon & 9th-best in school history
SP: 12.30m/40-04.25 -- 681 pts. -- 5th-best in school heptathlon history
200m: 23.72 (0.0) -- 1,008 pts. -- Fastest-time in school heptathlon history & 5th-best in school history
K-State Competes in Sun Angel Classic on Friday
The Wildcats square off against 19 other programs at the Sun Angel Track Classic in Tempe, Arizona. Hosted by Arizona State, the meet runs from April 9-11 and is held on the Sun Devils' Sun Angel Track Stadium. The Wildcats will be one of two Big 12 programs (Iowa State) to compete in the 36th Sun Angel Track Classic.
Notable athletes expected to make their outdoor season-debuts include indoor All-American high jumpers Alyx Treasure, Kim Williamson and Nate Gipson. Treasure, in particular, will look to build off a stellar outdoor campaign last year that saw her finish second at NCAAs and clear a career-best 1.89m/6-02.25 to nab the Canadian national title.
Along with collegiate competition, the meet plays host to high school teams, Paralympic athletes and bantam races. Just last year, the event saw 1,600 high school athletes from 67 schools and 49 collegiate teams compete, as well as 20 Paralympic athletes and 70 children 12-and-under.
Action for K-State is set to kick off Friday, April 10, with the men's sprinters competing in the 200-meter sections around 5:30 p.m. CT, while the rest of the Wildcats will get competition started on Saturday with the women's high jump at 1 p.m. CT. Further meet information, including heat sheets, the meet schedule and a link to live results, can be found by visiting the Arizona State Track and Field homepage. For updates on K-State Track and Field, follow at @kstate_gameday under #KStateTF.
Galvan Set to Run in Mesa Track & Field Classic
Senior Laura Galvan will also be in competition on Friday, running the 5000-meter at Mesa Community College in the Mesa Track & Field Classic. Scheduled to start at 10:10 p.m. CT on the Riggs Stadium track, Galvan will be one of 27 runners competing in the event. Friday's action will mark the sixth-time she has ran the event in her career. The Guanajuato, Mexico, native has ran the event twice at Big 12s, including a career-best sixth-place finish in 17:28.34 at altitude last year in Lubbock, Texas. Live results can be found by visiting the K-State Track and Field schedule page and clicking on the meet's respective tab.
Bryan Nabs CARIFTA Games High Jump Title
Competing for his native Jamaica, Christoff Bryan nabbed his fourth career Caribbean Free Trade Agreement (CARIFTA) Games high jump title this past week in Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis. The freshman Wildcat tied the meet record en route to the title, as he cleared 2.21m/7-03 on his second attempt. Easily soaring past a field of 11 -- second-place finished with a final height cleared of 2.14m/7-00.50 - Bryan attempted to tie his personal outdoor best of 2.24m/7-04.25, but bowed out in three tries. With the winning effort, Bryan's cleared height was also the 10th-best ever by Wildcat high jumper.