Wildcats Ready for Team Meet at Nebraska

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The Kansas State track and field team will get an early taste of team scored competition this weekend at the Nebraska Quad. The Wildcats will take on rival Nebraska and Missouri Valley Conference representatives Northern Iowa and Wichita State at Ed Weir Track beginning at noon in Lincoln.

K-State is sending 19 student-athletes for both the men’s and women’s squads to compete in a full slate of events at the Nebraska Quad looking to gain valuable experience before the Big 12 Championship in two weeks.

The meet will be team scored with points awarded according to order of finish to determine the winning team. This is the first team scored event the Wildcats have participated in during the outdoor season this year. Nebraska hosted an indoor team meet this year K-State competed in as well in which the Wildcats and Nebraska partnered up to take on two teams from the Mountain West Conference.

This weekend’s meet will defer from the Conference Challenge in January where all four teams will compete individually for the top team in both men’s and women’s competition.

Vaulting Above the Storm
The Wildcats battled the weather along with the competition at the 100th Drake Relays. In cold and rainy conditions K-State came away with one regional qualifying mark over the meet with Alexandra Gonzalez clearing 12-07.50. The height is a new season high for Gonzalez and was enough to finish ninth in the pole vault.

K-State fought the elements in a number of other events seeing its best result in the men’s 800 meters. Jason Collett finished second in 1:51.06, a time that was just 0.66 seconds off the regional qualifying time despite the poor conditions.