K-State Hosts Back-to-Back Meets

MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State Track and Field kicks off its 2014-15 indoor season with back-to-back home meets this weekend at Ahearn Field House, starting Friday, Dec. 12, with the Carol Robinson Pentathlon then finishing up on Saturday, Dec. 13, with the K-State Winter Invitational. The Wildcats are coming off a 2013-14 campaign that saw both the men's and women's squads place in the top-20 at NCAA Outdoors and will return nine All-Americans this season.

At the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon...

Action is set to begin Friday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. with the men's 60-meter hurdles and continue later into the afternoon, concluding with the women's 800-meter run. Further meet information can be found by visiting the K-State Track and Field schedule page and clicking the meet's respective tab. Live results are expected to be provided and can also be found on the schedule page, while up-to-the-minute updates can be found by following @kstate_gameday under #KStateTF.

This season's pentathlon will feature a number of athletes from the Wildcat multis' program including All-American and last year's first-place finisher, Erica Twiss. The Carrollton, Texas native is coming off a stellar 2013-14 season that saw her earn second team All-American honors and Big 12 titles in both the pentathlon and outdoor long jump as well as nab first team honors as part of the outdoor 4x400 relay team.

Also expected to compete are seniors Joslyn Barnes and Sarah Kolmer, who are both coming off junior campaigns that saw them set personal bests in the Big 12 Championship decathlon. Kolmer, in particular, excelled at last season's Carol Robinson, setting a then-personal best of 3,636 points to finish second. On the men's side, Adam Deterding returns, looking to build off his freshman season that included scoring performances in both the Big 12 Championship heptathlon and decathlon.

At the K-State Winter Invitational...

Saturday's meet will feature a full-slate of events with the weight throw kicking off field event action at 11 a.m., and the 1000-meter run at 2 p.m. opening action on the track. Like the Carol Robinson, further meet information can be found by visiting www.k-statesports.com. Live results will be posted on the schedule page and up-to-the-minute results can also be found by following @kstate_gameday under #KStateTF. The Winter Invitational will feature dual-meet scoring with the K-State men facing off against Oklahoma State, while the women will partake in a scored meet against the Cowboys, as well as Nebraska-Omaha.  

Last season's Winter Invite saw the Wildcats dominate, as both the men's and women's squads defeated their respective competition. Returning All-Americans Tia' Gamble, Sonia Gaskin (600-yard), and Carlos Rodriguez, in particular, shined, each setting meet records, including Gamble and Rodriguez both breaking school records with their efforts in the 300-meter dash. Also standing out was All-American Sara Savatovic, who had a then-PR of 19.58m/64-03.00 in the women's weight throw - beginning a stretch that saw the now-junior win her first six match-ups in the event last indoor season.  

What's Next?

Following this weekend's festivities, the Wildcats don't return to action until Friday, Jan. 9, in Lawrence, Kansas for the Bill Easton Classic. It will be the third-straight year K-State has competed at the Jayhawks' Anschutz Sports Pavilion.