K-State to Host U.S. vs. Germany for Second Year

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State track and field will again host the Thorpe Cup, previously known as the U.S. vs. Germany Decathlon and Heptathlon, at the R.V. Christian Track Complex, as announced Thursday. The event will take place August 2 and 3.


The U.S. vs. Germany Decathlon series first started in 1993 in Aachen, Germany, and has alternated between U.S. and German sites. Sites in the U.S. which have hosted this event are: San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Edwardsville, Ill.; Lubbock, Texas; Uniondale, NY; and Walnut, Calif. This event was to take place in Manhattan in the summer of 2004, but the German Federation lost its sponsorship and was unable to make the trip. The 2006 revival was the first running of the event since 2003.


The Wildcats hosted the event in 2006, as the United States captured titles in both the heptathlon and decathlon, each by a margin of less than 100 points. The American women defeated the Team Germany 15,716 points to 15,619 points. The men’s decathlon finished with an even slimmer margin as Team USA tallied 36,792 points to Germany’s 37,735. The point differential marked the smallest margin of victory by the United States since 1999, when the Americans defeated the Germans by just five points in Aachen, Germany.


During the 2007 running in Bernhausen, Germany, the two opponents were divided as the United States titled the decathlon while Germany took the heptathlon. Team USA finished with 38,084 points to Germany’s 36,976 as the top three American men finished in the top three positions. The German women held the slight advantage after the seven heptathlon events as they scored 16,946 points to win over the United States by 13 points.


Schedules, ticket prices and rosters will be finalized at a later date. To remain posted on the Thorpe Cup, please visit www.kstatesports.com for any further information.