Wildcats Open Outdoor Season in San Antonio

MANHATTAN, Kan. – After closing out a successful indoor campaign this past weekend, the Kansas State track and field team opens up the 2016 outdoor season as it prepares to compete in the UTSA Invitational in San Antonio, Texas on Friday and Saturday. 

This weekend’s competition will be the first time that the Wildcats compete in the meet, which began during the 2014 season. The Wildcats will go head-to-head against Houston, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Wichita State and the host UTSA. 

During the indoor season, the Wildcats saw two athletes win individual titles at the 2016 Indoor NCAA National Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, as seniors Akela Jones and Dani Winters won the championships in their respective events. 

Jones won the high jump title with a mark of 1.87m/6-01.50 to claim the second national championship of her career and her first indoor title, while Winters used a massive throw of 17.97m/58-11.50 in shot put to win the first national championship of her career. 

K-State also saw success at the indoor conference meet as five athletes won a total of seven individual titles. Those athletes were: Jones (high jump, long jump, 60 meter hurdles); Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye (long jump); Christoff Bryan (high jump); Sonia Gaskin (600 yard run); Brady Grunder (weight throw). 

During last year’s outdoor season, the Wildcats also saw numerous athletes perform well at the national and conference meets and will look to continue their success outdoors. 

14 athletes represented Kansas State at the Outdoor NCAA National Championships last June including Jones, who won the heptathlon national title with a school-record mark of 6,371 points. It was also the first female national champion since 2011 when Ryann Krais won the heptathlon title. 

The Wildcats also had five conference titles at last season’s outdoor conference meet, including Otuonye, Winters, Sara Savatovic and Kimberly Williamson

Competition is set to begin at noon CT on Friday afternoon with the women’s weight throw and men’s javelin throw. Saturday’s running schedule for field is slated to begin at 11 a.m.. CT, while the running schedule for track events begins at 2 p.m. CT. 

Live updates from the meet can be found on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday. Live results for the meet can be found here.

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