Women Jump Three Spots to No. 9 in the Country

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The K-State Track and Field women cracked the national outdoor top-10 for the first time in program history, moving to No. 9 in the latest USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings. A three-spot improvement, the Wildcats' move up the rankings came thanks to a dominant showing by Akela Jones in the heptathlon this past weekend that saw the junior-transfer score 6,049 points at the Jim Click Shootout -- second-most in Division I.

One of three teams from the Big 12 ranked in the top-10 (No. 3 Texas and No. 10 Baylor), the women jumped past Baylor, No. 11 Florida State and No. 12 to secure their latest ranking. The 172.83 points compiled is nearly 20 points better than Baylor's 154.83 and the women are one of only 13 squads in Division I to have five or more marks this season rank in the national top-10 -- Jones (Heptathlon -- 2nd), A'Keyla Mitchell (200m -- 4th), Jones (High Jump -- T-8th), Jones (Long Jump -- T-8th). 4x400 (9th), Sara Savatovic (Weight Throw -- 10th).  

On the men's side, the Wildcats rank 89th in the country, while in the Midwest Region rankings, the women sit at No. 6 and the men at No. 13.

K-State will compete this week in Lawrence, Kansas, at the 88th Kansas Relays. Starting on Wednesday, April 15, with the combined events, the Wildcats are set to face off against host KU, as well as Purdue and Colorado State in the meet's first-ever quadrangular. More information on the upcoming in-state competition can be found by visiting www.k-statesports.com.