Wildcats Drive into Drake

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State track and field is set to compete in one of the largest and most prestigious track meets of the year. The 100th Drake Relays will take place this week with K-State taking to the track beginning Friday on Jim Duncan Track at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

This year’s Drake Relays will feature a number of athletes currently holding the world’s top spot in their respective events. The women’s 400 meters boasts four Olympians alone. The event is sure to bring some of the top collegiate talent to Des Moines for the meet, and the Wildcats are bringing some of theirs.

High jumper Scott Sellers will look to continue his quest for his eighth All-America certificate in the event as he will compete in the special invitation division of the event. He will be joined by sprinter Mike Myer as another Wildcat to post a regional qualifying mark this season. Myer hopes to build off his strong performances at the Kansas Relays last week competing in the 100 and 200 meters. Jason Coniglio will join Myer in the short sprints.

Gus Vazquez-Milan will compete in the 400 meters for the Wildcats and will team up with mid-distance specialists Jason Collett, Jacob Davies and Jack Sachse for the 4X400 relay.

For the women Denise Baker will compete in the 100 meter hurdles while Boglarka Bozzay will run in the 800 meters, and Alexandra Gonzalez looks to continue progressing toward the Big12 Championship in the pole vault.

For more information on the 100th Drake Relays fans can visit godrakebulldogs.com and a specially designed site for this year’s meet at www.drakerelays100.com.

K-State will also send a pair of Wildcats to Nebraska on Sunday to compete in the Nebraska Open. Nancy Harrington and Meriel Harwood will both participate in the women’s pole vault schedule to start at 11:15 a.m. Sunday.

He’s the Man-tas

K-State freshman Mantas Silkauskas dominated the field in his first career decathlon at the LSU Combined Event. Silkauskas posted a provisional qualifying score of 7,414 points and never finished below third in any of the 10 events.

Silkauskas opened the decathlon by blowing passed the field in the 100 meters with a time of 10.65 seconds. He bested the field by 0.41 seconds. He followed that performance with a win in the long jump. Silkauskas closed the first day of competition with another impressive win in the 400. His time of 49.47 seconds was 0.81 seconds faster than second.