Top 10 Moments of March 2015

10. Wildcats Break Three Meet Records at ESU Spring Open
The K-State track and field team put in a solid showing at the ESU Spring Open on Saturday, March 28, in Emporia, Kansas, nabbing multiple meet records en route to five first-place finishes. Held in Emporia State's Fran Welch Stadium, the Wildcat men's and women's squads combined for 16 top-five finishes.
Among those who broke meet records were Sonia Gaskin in the 400-meter dash, Morgan Wedekind in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the women's 4x400 team made up of Gaskin, Sarah Kolmer, Joslyn Barnes and Jordan Matthews. 
Competing in her first meet of the outdoor season, Gaskin clocked 54.93 to defeat a field of 29 by nearly two seconds. The All-American's time shattered the previous meet record of 57.15 seconds by Nebraska-Kearney's Stephanie Hutsell. Wedekind's time of 11:00.91 in the steeplechase broke her previous meet record of 11:05.82 and gave her the first-place finish, while the Wildcats' 4x400 team's time of 3:51.72 bested the previous record of 3:51.93 set by Northern Iowa. 
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9. Steinberg Earns First Big 12 Victory
Breaking free of a then three-match losing skid, the Wildcat tennis team shut out West Virginia, 4-0, on March 20, at the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium. The win marked the first Big 12 victory for first-year Wildcat head coach Danielle Steinberg. 
"Today was a good day overall," said Steinberg after the match. "We came out well in doubles and our No. 3 team took care of business early on, which took the pressure off from the other teams. The energy and intensity level was good and we carried it over to singles. We know we are tough to play at home and we have to feed off that confidence even more."
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8. Rowing Racks up Five First Place Finishes in Season Opener
The Wildcat rowing team put in a stellar season-opening performance against Tulsa on March 21, sweeping the Golden Hurricane on the Verdigris River. Racing five boats on the day, the Wildcats earned victories in the 1st Varsity 8, 2nd Varsity 8, 3rd Varsity 8, 4th Varsity 8 and 1st Varsity 4 races.
Head coach Patrick Sweeney said the action, which capped off K-State's week-long Spring Camp, wrapped up what has been an overall, impressive team effort.
"The camp went really well and the athletes have done a really good job of making every outing count in making improvements," Sweeney said after the races. "They've done a really good week of work here - concentrated, focused efforts that paid off this weekend."
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7. Tyler Moore Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week
After hitting a team-best .538 and driving in eight runs during K-State's sweep of Santa Clara, Tyler Moore was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for the period ending March 8.
A junior transfer from Coffeyville (KS) Community College, Moore raised his season batting average from .227 to .343 with a week that saw him tally back-to-back multi-hit games to help give him seven hits in three games, drive in a career-high five runs on March 7, to help make up his eight RBI, and fuel a K-State offense that hit .343 and outscored the Broncos, 31-9, in the series.
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6. Women's Basketball Downs West Virginia on Senior Night. 
The Wildcat women's basketball team celebrated its seniors in style on March 4, as the team came back from a 16-point deficit to defeat West Virginia, 59-55.
Led by senior Haley Texada's 22-point effort, it was a game filled with gritty performances, a whole lot of hustle and a team that just wouldn't back down. 
"I'm so proud of them for digging deep in this game because it took everything we had," said K-State head coach Jeff Mittie after the game. "It took everything we had to come out and put up a fight like that."
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5. Bat Cats Shut the Door on No. 12 Oklahoma State in Stillwater
Behind a season-high three RBI by Shane Conlon and five shutout innings from the bullpen, the K-State baseball team knocked off No. 12 Oklahoma State, 4-2, on March 27, at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium to pick up its first Big 12 win of the season.
K-State (12-14, 1-5 Big 12), which snapped a 12-game losing streak in Big 12 road games with last Friday's win, used four pitchers in the victory, led by its stable of relievers in Corey Fischer, Jordan Floyd and Bryce Ward backing up starter Colton Kalmus' four innings of two-run baseball. The trio of Fischer, Floyd and Ward limited the offense of Oklahoma State to four combined hits in the five innings, with Fischer earning the win after three shutout innings and Ward recording his first career save after inheriting a runner in the ninth.
"It was a team win overall, but those guys did exactly what we wanted them to do," said K-State head coach Brad Hill about the pitching staff. "Colton (Kalmus) got us through the order two times, (Corey) Fischer then got us through once. They all filled their roles. They made some big-time pitches."
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4. Wildcats Earn Eight All-American Honors at NCAA Indoor Championship
The Wildcat track and field team traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas, March 13-14, for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championship and completed the meet with numerous top-notch performances. 
The team was led by Akela Jones, who earned two First Team All-American honors and one second-team honor after placing fourth in the high jump, sixth in the long jump and 13th in the 60M hurdles. A'Keyla Mitchell placed fifth in the 200-meter with a K-State-record time of 22.96. Also earning All-American recognition were Christoff Bryan, Nate Gipson, Alyx Treasure and Kim Williamson in the high jump, Erica Twiss in the pentathlon, Dani Winters in the shot put and the women's 4x400 relay squad. The women's team as a whole tallied 12 points over the two-day meet to tie for 18th overall - bests in regards to both place and finish since the 2005 women's squad scored 15.5 points to finish 14th.
"I think we had a really, really exceptional year," explained K-State head coach Cliff Rovelto on his team's indoor season. "If you look at the number of school records broken, it was just extraordinary. You would be hard pressed to have a better year."
To read more about the Wildcats' performances at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championship, please click here
3. K-State Athletics Celebrates Topping Out of Vanier Football Complex
On March 26, 90 days into construction on the Vanier Football Complex, K-State Athletics and Mortenson/GE Johnson Construction came together to celebrate a monumental moment. 
A crowd of K-State Athletics staff, special guests, coaches and Mortenson/GE Johnson workers gathered at the construction site of the new Vanier Football Complex and celebrated the Topping Out ceremony in the traditional fashion - signing the highest steel beam.
"Today we're setting our topping out beam. It signifies the end of the structural steel being erected and it signifies the building topping out," said Justin Horsch, the Senior Superintendent of Mortenson/GE Johnson Construction and a 2000 graduate of K-State during the ceremony. "After today, we're able to do the interior and the outside finishes."
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2. Maxwell Earns Big 12 Coach of the Year
At the Big 12 Championship on March 28, K-State head coach Casie Maxwell was named co-Big 12 Coach of the Year, sharing the honors with Baylor head coach Ellen White. 
Maxwell has led the Wildcats to an 8-8 overall record (3-3 Big 12) and prepared her team well at home as the team will finish this season with an 18-0 home record over the past three years. 
Though the No. 10 Wildcats fell to No. 3 Baylor in the Championship meet, K-State knocked off Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship semifinals the day prior.
"You always hope to come out with a win, but I am very proud of how the girls rose to the pressure today," said Maxwell after the Big 12 Championship. "They kept fighting all day long. We just had little things that we could have controlled today and small things we could have fixed. Those are the things that we are going to focus on between now and the National Championships. This is the best that the girls have competed in this type of pressure. We are going to build off of this momentum in the next two weeks to get us prepared for the National Championships."
For a look at how the Wildcats fared at the Big 12 Championship and to see what's up next for the team, please click here.
1. Adkins Earns 2015 Big 12 Equestrian Rider of the Year
Wildcat sophomore Henley Adkins was named this year's Big 12 Rider of the Year for the discipline of Equitation on the Flat at the Big 12 Championship on March 28. One of just four Big 12 riders to earn the award (one from each discipline), Adkins has gone 17-14-0 this season and has earned six Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors. 
At the Big 12 Championship, Adkins added a point for the Wildcats in Equitation over Fences against both Oklahoma State and Baylor.
"I am so proud of this team. We never gave up," said Adkins after the team placed second at the Big 12 Championship. "We were cheering our hearts out until the end. I am so proud of this team for sticking with it, and I cannot believe how many awards we received as a team including myself, Kara (Guy), Dani (Danielle Kemper) and Taylor (Schmidt). It was just an awesome feeling. I think that shows how hard we have been working and it paid off and was a great feeling."
 

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