Wildcats Open Season with Back-to-Back Home Meets

Dec. 12, 2013

Heat Sheets: Carol Robinson - 1 | 2 | 3 -- Winter Invitational

K-State AthleticsMANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State Track and Field opens up its 2013-14 indoor campaign in Ahearn Field House with the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon on Friday followed by the K-State Winter Invitational on Saturday.

The track and field staff announced several changes to the event schedule for the pentathlon. The meet itself is still expected to start at its original start time of 10 a.m., with the men's 60 meter hurdles and only the shot put and high jump being pushed back 15 minutes each, respectively. For the women, their pentathlon start time has been moved from 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., with each event following changed accordingly. More information is available on the team's website under the schedule tab.

On display for K-State on Friday will be a number of athletes from the multis' program including returning All-American seniors Merryl Mbeng and Devin Dick. Other schools expected to compete are Baker University, Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Friends University and UMKC.

Saturday's meet features a full slate of events with field events kicking off action at 11 a.m., followed by running events at 2 p.m. The K-State men go up against Big 12 foe Oklahoma State in a Division I Dual, while the women will compete in a scored meet against Oklahoma State and Nebraska-Omaha. Fort Hays State and Emporia State will also be competing in Division II action.

Last season saw the Wildcats dominate the Winter Invitational, formerly KSU All-Comers, as three school records were broken in the 2012-13 season's opening weekend. Returning senior All-American Carlos Rodriguez was responsible for one of the three records with his time of 33.64 in the 300 meters.

In all, K-State has six of its eight All-Americans from this past year returning to action this season. Senior pole vaulter Kyle Wait, the reigning back-to-back Big 12 Champion and K-State's first All-American in the event since 1982, as well as seniors Jharyl Bowry, last year's Big 12 Indoor Champion in the long jump, and Martina Tresch, reigning outdoor Big 12 Outdoor Champion in the steeplechase, round out a strong group of All-Americans for the Wildcats.  Also returning, after redshirting this past season, is junior Alyx Treasure. The native of Canada was an All-American in 2012 as well as a Big 12 Indoor Champion in the high jump.

The Wildcats will look to build upon a strong year that included the men placing 23rd at the NCAA Championships, which marked the first time since 1939 that the men have finished in the top-25 for the third straight year.  

Both the men's and women's teams have several freshmen to keep an eye on as well for the upcoming season. Sprinter Charday Crawford, of Springfield, Ill., comes to Manhattan as a top-10 recruit in the United States, while Rachel Proteau, of Albany, Ore., is a state record-holder in the high jump and the 2013 USA Junior National High Jump Champion.

The Wildcat men added Jaelen Spencer, of Hesperia, Calif., who was rated as the No. 1 sophomore triple jumper in the history of California, as well as Miles Bearden, of Cartersville, Ga., who, along with being a school record holder, was the 2013 New Balance Nationals Outdoor Champion in the high jump.

Admission to both meets is free. Fans are asked to enter at the east doors of Ahearn Field House and use the balcony seating. Live results are provided by Heartland Timing and can be found by following this link for Friday's pentathlon and this link for Saturday's Winter Invitational. If those links do not work, the live results can be found by clicking on the event on the schedule page.

Following this weekend's action, the Wildcats won't return to competition until the New Year with a date in Lawrence, Kan., on Jan. 10, at the Bill Easton Classic. For more information, please visit www.k-statesports.com.