Wildcats Return Home for Star-Studded DeLoss Dodds Invitational

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – After competing in its first road meet of the season last weekend in Lawrence, the Kansas State track and field team returns to Ahearn Field House as it hosts the DeLoss Dodds Invitational on Friday and Saturday on what is anticipated to be one of the most prolific home meets in recent memory.

With the 2016 Olympic Games right around the corner, the meet will provide the opportunity for fans to come and watch 11 K-State Olympic hopefuls compete, including former Wildcat and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard. Head coach Cliff Rovelto, now in his 28th season with the Wildcats, will also be headed to the Olympic Games as an assistant men’s coach for Team USA. 

Fans will also have the opportunity to witness senior Akela Jones’ attempt at breaking the NCAA pentathlon record on Friday. The record is currently held by Georgia’s Kendell Williams, who broke the previous record with a total score of 4,678 points at last season’s NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

“With all of these different schools coming in, they are bringing some really, really fine athletes,” Rovelto said. “This is going to be one of the larger meets in terms of numbers that we have hosted in a number of years and the quality of athlete in virtually every event is really, really high.”

Competition is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Friday with a star-studded Austra Skujyte Pentathlon field, followed by the start of the first-half of the Steve Fritz Heptathlon at 11 a.m. The final three events of the heptathlon will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. 

On Saturday, field events are slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. and will run throughout the afternoon. Track events will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will run until all events have been completed. 

At last year’s inaugural DeLoss Dodds Invitational, the Wildcats combined for 14 first-place finishes and saw multiple personal bests set en route to a sweep of the triple dual against Oklahoma State and Tulsa. 

In-meet updates can be found on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday and using #KStateTF. Live results for both days of competition can be found here. 

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