K-State Competes in Quadrangular at Kansas Relays

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- K-State Track and Field travels to Lawrence, Kansas, this week for the 88th Kansas Relays. Held at Rock Chalk Park for the second-straight year, the Wildcats, along with having athletes compete in the "College Open" meet, will square off against host Kansas, as well as Purdue and Colorado State in the meet's first-ever quadrangular.


Set to run from April 15-18, the majority of the quadrangular will take place on Saturday, April 18, beginning at 12 p.m., with the field events at 1:01 p.m., on the track.

A live web stream of the week's festivities will be provided by FloTrack starting Thursday, April 16, at 5 p.m. with start times for Friday and Saturday yet to be determined -- please note: viewers will need a subscription to watch. Beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 18, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will have a TV broadcast and ESPN3 will simulcast the feed on the web.

Further information, such as a full meet schedule, as well as heat sheets, accepted entries for all divisions, and a link to live results, can be found by visiting the meet central page at KUathletics.com. Updates on K-State Track and Field will be provided on Twitter at @kstate_gameday under #KStateTF.  

What to Watch For --

With a format similar to other scored collegiate meets such as Big 12s and NCAAs, only the top-two finishers from each team in each individual event will earn points. The Wildcats hosted a similar meet this indoor season, defeating Kansas and Wichita State in the combined team-scored KSU-KU-WSU Triangular that saw Akela Jones earn the high-point scorer award of the meet. This week's action will see both a men's program and women's program crowned champion at the conclusion of competition Saturday -- further information on scoring can be found here.

In regards to opponents, the Wildcats enter the meet with the highest-ranked women's team, according to the USTFCCCA, at No. 9 in Division I. The Jayhawks, though, hold the top-spot in the Midwest Region, while Colorado State (Mountain) and Purdue (Great Lakes) are ranked No. 3 and No. 7 in their respective regions. The K-State women boast a talented group, including eight All-Americans, that holds top-20 Division I marks in nine different events. All eight athletes are expected to be in action this week, starting with Sara Savatovic on Friday, April 17, in the hammer throw.

On the men's side, All-Americans Christoff Bryan, Ivan Hartung and Reinis Kregers are all expected to compete against No. 36 Purdue, No. 43 Kansas and Colorado State. Also of note, freshman Terrell Smith, who clocked the fifth-fastest 200-meter time (20.92) in school history at last weekend's Sun Angel Classic, and sophomore Kain Ellis, who ran a personal best and third-fastest 800-meter time in the Big 12 in Tempe as well, will look to continue their respective hot starts to the season.

Lastly, the College Open will feature several former Wildcat All-Americans in action including Jeffrey Julmis (Haiti), Merryl Mbeng (France) and Carlos Rodriguez (Puerto Rico), who will all compete for their respective countries. The Open competition, as well as high school events, will run in conjunction with the Quadrangular throughout the week. The combined events, which features Wildcats Joslyn Barnes, Adam Deterding and Sarah Kolmer, kicks off all competition on Wednesday, April 15, and will continue into Thursday, April 16.

Rankings N'at
(Please Note: Only marks in the Top-50 DI, Top-50 DI West and Top-20 Big 12 are displayed according to TFRRS -- converted marks are not used)

Men

AthleteEventMarkDivision IDI WestBig 12
Terrell Smith200M20.9228th16th5th

4x10040.3131st19th5th
Zack RileyHigh Jump2.15m/7-00.5016th11th4th
Nate GipsonHigh Jump2.11m/6-1119th20th7th


Women

AthleteEventMarkDivision IDI WestBig 12
A'Keyla Mitchell200M22.96w4th4th2nd
Akela Jones200M23.7250th26th9th
Sonia Gaskin800M2:05.7411th5th2nd
Akela Jones100H13.4630th12th5th

4x4003:35.1212th5th2nd
Akela JonesHigh Jump1.83m/6-008th4th1st
Kim WilliamsonHigh Jump1.81m/5-11.2514th6th2nd
Alyx TreasureHigh Jump1.78m/5-1024th13th5th
Akela JonesLong Jump6.33m/20-09.258th3rd2nd
Sara SavatovicHammer Throw63.21m/207-0410th6th1st
Danie PlankJavelin49.70m/163-0116th9th4th
Akela JonesHeptathlon60492nd1st1st


What's Next?

The Wildcats hit the road one more time before hosting the Ward Haylett Invitational on May 2 at R.V. Christian Complex. Held in Berkeley, California, K-State will compete at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge from April 24-25.