Wildcat Men Move into the National Top-25

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The K-State Track and Field men made a 25-spot jump in the latest USTFCCCA Team Computer Rankings, joining the women in the national top-25. The men slotted in at No. 20, while the women rank No. 10 for a third-consecutive week, marking the second-straight outdoor season both squads have ranked in the top-25 nationally at the same time.

One of three men's squads to move into the top-25, the Wildcats' spot is their highest since ranking No. 18 in the final edition of the 2014 rankings before NCAA Outdoors. The 25-spot jump from No. 45 in the nation comes thanks to strong marks by Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye in the long jump, Terrell Smith in the 100-meter dash and Nate Gipson in the high jump at this past Saturday's Rock Chalk Classic.

Last weekend's action saw Otuonye leap a wind-assisted 7.98m/26-02.25w (2.7) to take first-overall and defeat the field of 17 by well over two feet in the long jump. The junior's mark currently ranks tops in the Big 12 and third in Division I, as he is only one of three athletes to have marked 26 feet or better so far this season. Smith, meanwhile, clocked a wind-assisted 10.30w (3.2) in the 100m to move into the national top-30 in the event and Gipson cleared 2.23m/7-03.75 to give K-State two high jumpers in the DI top-10 -- joining fellow freshman Christoff Bryan.

On the women's side, their No. 10 ranking continues a program-best stretch that has seen them hold a top-10 ranking for now four-straight weeks. Only the Texas women in regards to Big 12 foes have both stayed longer in the DI top-10 (six weeks) than the Wildcat women and rank higher (No. 4). The K-State women continued their hold on the No. 1 spot in the Midwest Regional Rankings as well for a second-straight week.

The last time both the men's and women's squads ranked in the national top-25 came in the aforementioned final edition of the 2014 rankings, when the men ranked No. 18 and the women at No. 24.

K-State will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, for one more tune-up before the Big 12 Championships in Ames, Iowa, on May 15-17. Competing in the Nebraska Invitational, the Wildcats will partake in a scored competition held at the Huskers' Ed Weir Stadium on May 9. For more information, visit www.k-statesports.com.