K-State Set for 101st Drake Relays

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State track and field team heads to one of the most prestigious track and field meets in the nation for a second consecutive week. This time the Wildcats travel north to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 101st Drake Relays.

The Drake Relays boasts some of the deepest and most competitive fields each year and 2010 will not be any different. More than 7,200 athletes are expected to compete at this year's edition from high school boys and girls to top collegiate athletes and Olympians all participating in a number divisions at the meet over four days of action.

The Wildcats are slated to compete in 22 events throughout the week, including a few relays not seen at every meet. K-State will field a men's and women's 4x800 relay team as well as a 4x1600 women's relay and a men's sprint medley relay. The Wildcats will also compete in both the men's and women's distance medley relay and it will be the men's first DMR of the season. It will be  busy week for K-State in events other than the relays. A total of 27 student-athletes will compete.

Tickets are available through Drake's Athletic Ticket Office in a variety of options from all-session passes to multi-day and single. For information call 515-271-3647.

K-State Claims Three Titles at Kansas Relays
The Wildcats came away from the Kansas Relays with three titles and a handful of impressive showings to boot. K-State again showed its depth and strength in the mid-distance events with freshman Laura Lee Baird winning the women's unseeded 1,500 meters with her time of 4:43.77. Sydney Messick ran to a win in the 10,000 meters and Alyssa Bellinder finished directly behind her in second place. Danny Schneider won the men's unseeded 800M with a new personal best time of 1:53.85. Boglarka Bozzay finished third in the women's seeded 1,500 meters as well.

Martynas Jurgilas made his outdoor debut to finish third in the 100M clocking in at 10.53 seconds. He clocked the fastest time during preliminaries as well. Newcomer Jeffrey Julmis also ran strong in the 110 meter hurdles. Julmis ran the fastest preliminary time and finished second with his time of 13.81 seconds. Balazs Baji also finished fourth for the Wildcats in the hurdles.

Freshman Deszo Szabo finished sixth in a talented pole vault field with his vault of 16-11.50. The mark moves him into second place in school history.

Ramos Opens Season at Mt. SACRelays
Senior Beverly Ramos opened her senior campaign strong with an impressive time at the Mt. SAC Relays. Ramos ran in the women's 5,000M invitational university/open race at the meet and was the top-finishing collegiate in the race. She finished 11th with her time of 15:51.82 to improve her personal best time by more than 35 seconds and move into second in school history in the event and is currently ranked second in the nation this season.

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