K-State Track Hosts Ward Haylett Invite

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State track and field team will host its lone meet at R.V. Christian Track & Field on Saturday as the Wildcats host the annual Ward Haylett Invitational. The meet will welcome teams from across the region to compete while K-State prepares for the Big 12 Championship in two weeks.

After not competing at the Drake Relays last week, K-State's high jumpers will be back in action for K-State's lone home meet of the season. The throwers will be back in the ring as well as on the runway for the hammer, discus and javelin. The sprinters will be in full force as well for K-State.

A number of Wildcats will also participate in events outside of their regular spots. Hurdlers Jeffrey Julmis and Balazs Baji will run in the 200 meters and 100 meters, respectively. Following a week where most of the mid-distance runners ran in relay events at Drake, the full squad of mid-distance Wildcats will be in action Saturday in the 800M and 1500M. K-State's multi-events athletes will participate in a number of events to prepare for the decathlon and heptathlon at the Big 12 Championship making for a full day of action at R.V. Christian Track & Field.

Admission to the meet is free for all spectators. Field events are slated to begin at 11 a.m. with the women's hammer throw and women's pole vault. Running events begin at 2 p.m. with the 3,000 meter steeplechase.

Wildcats Win Three at Drake Relays
The Kansas State Wildcats came away from the 101st Drake Relays with three victories and even more impressive performances. Beverly Ramos opened with a win in the steeplechase on Thursday night followed by a win from freshman Sara Stoakes in the 800M on Friday and a victory in the rare and exciting shuttle hurdle event on Saturday.

Stoakes has stormed onto the scene as a true freshman for the Wildcats and is currently ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference in the 800 with her time of 2:06.15 at Drake. Her time also stands 10th in the nation.

The tandem of Jeffrey Julmis, Balazs Baji, Moritz Cleve and Mantas Silkauskas got the win in the shuttle hurdle race with a time of 57.38 seconds, but the pair of Julmis and Baji also shined in the hurdles themselves. Each improved on their fastest times of the season with Julmis clocking in at 13.76 seconds to finish second and Baji finishing in 14.04 came in third. Julmis is now ranked fifth in the Big 12 and 10th in the nation with the time.

The Wildcats also posted one of the fastest times in school history in the women's distance medley. The group of Boglarka Bozzay, Lekesha Pointer-Allen, Emily Dittemore and Laura Lee Baird finished eighth with their time of 11:40.95. The time ranks sixth in K-State history.

Ramos Runs to Another Record
Senior Beverly Ramos returned to the 3000M Steeplechase at the 101st Drake Relays and broke her own school record en route to a win. Ramos dominated the field to get the victory with her time of 10:15.43 cutting a few hundredths of a second off her school-record time. She was followed by freshman Martina Tresch, who was five seconds behind. The next closest competitor was 20 seconds behind Ramos.

Stoakes Strides Strong
As a true freshman, Sara Stoakes has made an immediate impact for the Kansas State Wildcats. Stoakes has improved her time in the 800M each time she has stepped on the track during outdoor season. Dating back to indoor, she has accomplished that feat five times in a row.

Stoakes finished third at the Big 12 Indoor Championship and has continued to build on that confidence. In her first outdoor race, she ran 2:08.57 to rank No. 1 in the conference. She also ran most of the race without one of her shoes. Her next race was a third-place finish at the Sun Angel Track Classic crossing the line in 2:07.08. In her latest race, Stoakes won at the Drake Relays with a time of 2:06.15 to move into the No. 10 spot nationally.

Wildcats Climb Top 25
The Wildcat men were ranked for the first time this outdoor season cracking the Top 25 on April 6. After posting strong numbers in multiple events at the Jim Click Shootout, the men's team made their season debut in the Top 25 at No. 22 in the USTFCCCA Rankings. A number of Wildcats made their season debuts at the meet to help the Wildcats jump nine spots in the performance-based rankings. After staying at No. 22 for three weeks, the Wildcats jump three spots to No. 19 this week following improved marks by hurdlers Jeffrey Julmis and Balazs Baji.

The women's team is not ranked in the Top 25 but did make noise moving up 33 spots to No. 32 this week. Performances by Martina Tresch in the 3000M Steeplechase and Sara Stoakes in the 800M help move up the rankings, but it was Beverly Ramos' win in her first steeplechase of the season that carried the most weight to moving up. Ramos is now ranked in the Top 7 in two events.

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