Women Ranked Fifth in Latest USTFCCCA Poll

MANHATTAN, Kan. – After a successful weekend at the Big 12 Championship, the Kansas State track and field women’s team moved up four spots in the USTFCCCA national rankings to No. 5 in the country, the organization announced on Tuesday. 

The ranking is the highest the women’s team has been ranked since the beginning of the season, when the Wildcats were ranked No. 4 in the organization’s preseason poll. 

K-State won five conference titles at this weekend’s meet, all of them coming from the Wildcat women in field events. The women’s team as a whole finished in third place at Big 12s, which was held at Lowdon Track and Field Complex in Fort Worth, Texas, with a total of 112 points. 

Senior Dani Winters and junior Kim Williamson each won their second-consecutive conference title in their respective events. Winters beat out one of the strongest shot put fields in the country to win the title with a throw of 17.39m/57-00.75, while Williamson used a season-best jump of 1.87m/6-01.50 to win the title in the high jump. 

Twins Shadae Lawrence and Shardia Lawrence also won their first conference titles of their career at last weekend’s meet. Shadae used a personal best throw of 58.84m/193-00 to win the women’s discus, a mark of that is good for the eighth-best throw in the country. 

Shardia won the triple jump title hours later on the final day of competition, using a personal best leap of 13.19m/43-03.25 to win the title. Her jump moves her to fifth on the school’s all-time list in the event. 

Senior Akela Jones also won the long jump title at the meet, jumping a personal best mark of 6.75m/22-01.75 (1.8). Her mark set a new Big 12 meet record, Barbados national record and the school record, which she previously held after jumping 6.60m/21-07.75 (1.2) at the Pan American Games in 2015.

Jones is also on the 2016 Bowerman watch list, the first Kansas State female track athlete to be named to Bowerman Trophy watch list since the award was established in 2009. 

The Wildcats now how have a little less than two weeks to prepare for the NCAA West Preliminary, which will be held at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas on May 26-28. More information on the meet can be found at the events home page by clicking here

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