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Wildcats to Tune Up for Big 12 Championship in Emporia


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April 23, 2013

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State Track and Field is gearing up for next week’s Big 12 Conference Championships with a stop at the Emporia State Mid-Week Open on Wednesday. The Wildcats are set to take on athletes from other regional schools as they all prepare for the last few weeks of the season. K-State will then turn its attention to the conference championship with the team not scheduled to compete at any other meets this weekend.

The Wildcats are sending 36 athletes to the ESU Mid-Week Open with a good mix of entries across all discipline areas. Action is set to start at 2 p.m. with field events at Fran Welch Stadium and running events begin at 4 p.m.

K-State enters the meet following a busy schedule last week with action at four different meets. The Wildcats saw a number of fast times from their distance runners at three meets in California last week and the men’s and women’s relays were solid as well. The throwers had some quality marks at the Kansas Relays and will be looking for more in Emporia.

Live results from the meet will not be available but can be found online at esuhornets.com shortly after the conclusion of the competition.

Kynard Named National Athlete of the Week
Kansas State high jumper Erik Kynard posted the No. 1 jump in the world this season outdoors on Saturday at the Mt. SAC Relays and was honored by the USTFCCCA on Monday being named the NCAA Division I National Athlete of the Week.

Kynard was up against a very strong field with multiple Olympians and went toe-to-toe with 2011 IAAF World Champion Jesse Williams and Canadian Michael Mason with all three clearing 2.31 meters (7-07.00). Kynard was the only one of the three to clear on his first attempt and went on to jump 2.34 meters (7-08.00) on his third attempt and win the competition.

The leap of 2.34 meters is the best mark in the world so far this outdoor season and ties his own school record. It also broke the Mt.SAC Relays meet record that was previously held by Hollis Conway at 2.32 meters (7-07.25).

Men’s Track & Field Ranked No. 24
The outdoor track and field season is starting to heat up with about two weeks until the Big 12 Conference Championships and the K-State men are ranked in the Top 25 by the latest USTFCCCA Rankings. The Wildcats slipped three spots to No. 24 this week. This week saw some major shifts in the rankings with this being the first week to include marks only from this season in the rankings, except for combined events and two men are currently ranked in the top 10 in their respective events.

Senior high jumper Erik Kynard leads the way with the No. 1 ranking in his event after her posted the No. 1 jump in the world so far this outdoor season to win the Mt. SAC Relays. He cleared 2.34 meters (7-08.00) to defeat a field the included multiple Olympians. Big 12 champion pole vaulter Kyle Wait entered the outdoor season ranked No. 18 but he shot up the rankings three weeks ago after posting a new PR at the Texas Relays that ranks seventh in the NCAA this season.

Carlos Rodriguez is ranked in five different events. He has posted new PR’s in the 100, 200 and 400 meters to put him on the list in those events and he also ran a leg of the 4x100 and 4x400 relays that are currently No. 23 and No. 12, respectively.

The Wildcats have three rankings in the decathlon led by Tomas Kirielius at No. 21. Devin Dick and freshman Reinis Kregers also are among the best to give K-State three Wildcats ranked 27th or higher in the decathlon.

K-State’s women have six individuals and both relays ranked in the top 50.

Big 12 Presence Felt in Top 25
The Big 12 Conference has long been a force in track and field, and the league is again making an impact on the national rankings with five men’s teams and six women’s teams among the Top 25 of the latest USTFCCCA Rankings with the conference championship approaching next week.

The Kansas women were the preseason No. 1 for outdoors after taking second place indoors and fell from that spot for the first time this week, down to No. 2. The Texas Longhorns slipped to No. 10 but still give the women two in the top 10. Texas Tech (15), Baylor (18) and Iowa State (20) make it five in the top 20. Oklahoma’s women move up two spots to No. 22 for six in the Top 25.

The men have four teams in the Top 25 with Texas leading at No. 6. Texas Tech (18), Oklahoma (22) and K-State (24) all move down slightly. Oklahoma State and Baylor both fell out of the Top 25 this week. TCU (26), Baylor (32), KU (34) and Oklahoma State (35) remain just outside the Top 25 for the men.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State Track and Field is gearing up for next week’s Big 12 Conference Championships with a stop at the Emporia State Mid-Week Open on Wednesday. The Wildcats are set to take on athletes from other regional schools as they all prepare for the last few weeks of the season. K-State will then turn its attention to the conference championship with the team not scheduled to compete at any other meets this weekend.

 

The Wildcats are sending 36 athletes to the ESU Mid-Week Open with a good mix of entries across all discipline areas. Action is set to start at 2 p.m. with field events at Fran Welch Stadium and running events begin at 4 p.m.

 

K-State enters the meet following a busy schedule last week with action at four different meets. The Wildcats saw a number of fast times from their distance runners at three meets in California last week and the men’s and women’s relays were solid as well. The throwers had some quality marks at the Kansas Relays and will be looking for more in Emporia.

 

Live results from the meet will not be available but can be found online at esuhornets.com shortly after the conclusion of the competition.

 

Kynard Named National Athlete of the Week

Kansas State high jumper Erik Kynard posted the No. 1 jump in the world this season outdoors on Saturday at the Mt. SAC Relays and was honored by the USTFCCCA on Monday being named the NCAA Division I National Athlete of the Week.

 

Kynard was up against a very strong field with multiple Olympians and went toe-to-toe with 2011 IAAF World Champion Jesse Williams and Canadian Michael Mason with all three clearing 2.31 meters (7-07.00). Kynard was the only one of the three to clear on his first attempt and went on to jump 2.34 meters (7-08.00) on his third attempt and win the competition.

 

The leap of 2.34 meters is the best mark in the world so far this outdoor season and ties his own school record. It also broke the Mt.SAC Relays meet record that was previously held by Hollis Conway at 2.32 meters (7-07.25).

 

Men’s Track & Field Ranked No. 24

The outdoor track and field season is starting to heat up with about two weeks until the Big 12 Conference Championships and the K-State men are ranked in the Top 25 by the latest USTFCCCA Rankings. The Wildcats slipped three spots to No. 24 this week. This week saw some major shifts in the rankings with this being the first week to include marks only from this season in the rankings, except for combined events and two men are currently ranked in the top 10 in their respective events.

 

Senior high jumper Erik Kynard leads the way with the No. 1 ranking in his event after her posted the No. 1 jump in the world so far this outdoor season to win the Mt. SAC Relays. He cleared 2.34 meters (7-08.00) to defeat a field the included multiple Olympians. Big 12 champion pole vaulter Kyle Wait entered the outdoor season ranked No. 18 but he shot up the rankings three weeks ago after posting a new PR at the Texas Relays that ranks seventh in the NCAA this season.

 

Carlos Rodriguez is ranked in five different events. He has posted new PR’s in the 100, 200 and 400 meters to put him on the list in those events and he also ran a leg of the 4x100 and 4x400 relays that are currently No. 23 and No. 12, respectively.

 

The Wildcats have three rankings in the decathlon led by Tomas Kirielius at No. 21. Devin Dick and freshman Reinis Kregers also are among the best to give K-State three Wildcats ranked 27th or higher in the decathlon.

 

K-State’s women have six individuals and both relays ranked in the top 50.

 

Big 12 Presence Felt in Top 25

The Big 12 Conference has long been a force in track and field, and the league is again making an impact on the national rankings with five men’s teams and six women’s teams among the Top 25 of the latest USTFCCCA Rankings with the conference championship approaching next week.

 

The Kansas women were the preseason No. 1 for outdoors after taking second place indoors and fell from that spot for the first time this week, down to No. 2. The Texas Longhorns slipped to No. 10 but still give the women two in the top 10. Texas Tech (15), Baylor (18) and Iowa State (20) make it five in the top 20. Oklahoma’s women move up two spots to No. 22 for six in the Top 25.

 

The men have four teams in the Top 25 with Texas leading at No. 6. Texas Tech (18), Oklahoma (22) and K-State (24) all move down slightly. Oklahoma State and Baylor both fell out of the Top 25 this week. TCU (26), Baylor (32), KU (34) and Oklahoma State (35) remain just outside the Top 25 for the men.

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