Nebraska Open Next Up for Track

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State track and field team heads north to close its regular season at the Nebraska Open in a meet that will feature the ranked Cornhuskers along with the South Dakota Coyotes. K-State hopes to ride momentum from hosting the Ward Haylett Invitational on Saturday seeing 25 Wildcats post personal records over the course of action.

K-State's men enter the weekend ranked No. 18 in the nation after climbing one spot from last week's USTFCCCA rankings. Nebraska's men are No. 15 and the women are No. 16 after both defeated Texas Tech in a dual meet last week.

The Wildcats will take eight male athletes and 11 from the women's team for the meet to compete in Lincoln before heading to the Big 12 Championships next week. Last year at the Nebraska Open was cancelled due to inclement weather but was scheduled earlier in the season with the Nebraska Quad the following week, which the Wildcats participated in.

Fans can follow the action online with live stats provided at huskers.com.

K-State Posts 25 Personal Records
The Kansas State Wildcats took advantage of nice weather on Saturday and put together a strong day of track and field hosting the Ward Haylett Invitational. A total of 25 Wildcats posted new personal records while K-State won 10 events.

In the field event the Wildcats saw a number of impressive showings beginning with the men's high jump. Freshman Erik Kynard Jr. won with his leap of 7-04.25 just off his best this season. He cleared the next height with ease but his foot clipped the bar as he sailed passed on his second attempt. He failed on the third as well. Michael Healey posted a personal best clearing 7-00.25 to finish second.

One of the biggest improvements came from hurdler Balazs Baji as he crossed the line in 13.79 seconds in the 110 hurdles. Baji cut a quarter-second off his previous best time and moved into 12th on the national descending order list for the season. He also is now fourth in school history. Another big improvement came from Eric Thomas in the hammer throw. Thomas finished fourth but passed his personal record by nearly seven feet improving to 178-07.

The women's team saw most of its new PR's come in the sprints with the freshmen class improving near the end of the season. Junior hurdler Denise Baker highlighted the performances, however, with her second-place time of 13.72 seconds to cut more than two-tenths of a second off her time and moving into fourth in school history.

Wildcats Continue to Climb Top 25
The Wildcat men were ranked for the first time this outdoor season cracking the Top 25 on April 6. This week the Wildcats climb for the second straight week moving to No. 18. After posting the 12th fastest time in the nation in the 110 meter hurdles, Balazs Baji helped the Wildcats continue to move up the list one spot. Two weeks ago, K-State moved to No. 19 after strong numbers in multiple events at the Jim Click Shootout after debuting in the Top 25 at No. 22 in the USTFCCCA Rankings.

The women's team is not ranked in the Top 25 but did make noise moving up 33 spots to No. 32 last  week. This week they fall to No. 38 but hold some of the nation's top performances from Beverly Ramos and Martina Tresch in the 3000M Steeplechase and Sara Stoakes in the 800M. Ramos has one of the fastest times in the 5000M this season as well.

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