May 2, 2014
Meet Info | Heat SheetsMANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field hosts the Ward Haylett Invitational tomorrow, May 3, at the R.V. Christian Track Complex. Competing against the Wildcats in the team scored meet will be Air Force Academy, Kansas and Wichita State.
Action at the R.V.C., is set to begin at 9:30 a.m., with the women’s javelin and conclude later in the afternoon with the men’s and women’s 4x400 relays.
Along with the action on the track, the Wildcats will welcome members of the 299th Brigade Support Battalion to the meet, as the team’s partner unit will be presenting the third annual Heartbeat of the Team Award. The award is presented to a member of the track and field team who demonstrates high moral character in keeping with the ideals of the U.S. Army – Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage. Last season’s Heartbeat of the Team Award was given to Erik Kynard.
Following the award presentation, K-State will honor this year’s outgoing crop of seniors with a short ceremony.
Admission to tomorrow’s meet is free to any fans wishing to attend. This will be the first of back-to-back home meets for the Wildcats to close out the regular season. Live results will be provided by Delta Timing and can be found by either visiting the Delta Timing home page or K-State Track and Field’s schedule page and clicking on the meet’s respective tab. Up-to-the-minute results can also be found by following @kstate_gameday under #KStateTF.
#KStateTF in the Rankings
The K-State women jumped seven-spots in the latest USTFCCCA Division I Rankings, sitting just outside of the top-25 at No. 26 in the country. It’s the highest rank for the Wildcat women in both the indoor and outdoor rankings this season. The Wildcat men slot in No. 112.
In the regional rankings, the K-State women’s spot remained unchanged at No. 3, while the men dropped a spot to No. 7 in the Midwest.
#NCAATF Championships Watch
With championship meet competition looming, these next two home meets will be especially important for athletes looking to qualify for the NCAA Championships in June.
On the men’s side, athletes worth keeping an eye on this Saturday include Kyle Wait in the pole vault and Zack Riley in the high jump. Both athletes sit in the Division I top-30, within striking distance of a top-16 bid. For Wait, he cleared his current season-high vault of 5.35m/17-06.50 four times last outdoor season. Riley, meanwhile, will look to continue a streak of 11 straight seasons the Wildcats have had a men’s high jumper at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Like Wait, Riley has shown he is more than capable of improving upon his current season-best of 2.15m/7-00.50, as he bested that height five times last season and has an outdoor personal best of 2.26m/7-05.00 in the event.
For the women, it is no surprise the team as a whole is threatening to crack the DI top-25. Five Wildcat women currently have marks in the national top-20, including two in the top-5. Athletes to watch this weekend include Danie Plank in the javelin throw, Erica Twiss in the 400 meter hurdles, as well as Sara Savatovic in the hammer throw and Alyx Treasure in the high jump. Plank currently sits at No. 15 in the country in the javelin throw, while Twiss ranks just outside of the 400m hurdles top-16 at No. 17. Look for both athletes to be in action this Saturday, along with Treasure and Savatovic, who are No. 4 and 5 nationally in their respective events.
Ward Haylett Boasts Deep Pole Vault Field
The quality of competition in all events this weekend promises to be high, potentially none higher than the men’s pole vault. Currently 21 athletes deep, the field includes five of the top-20 vaulters in Division I and 12 of the 21 currently rank in the DI top-100. For K-State, this includes the aforementioned Wait at No. 20, as well as Tommy Brady, who is 65th in the country. KU brings an extremely deep group with Casey Bowen leading the way at No. 7 in the country, while another five Jayhawks rank within the top-100. Rounding out the impressive field is Air Force and Wichita State with three pole vaulters and one pole vaulter in the top-100, respectively. The Falcons, in particular, bring Joey Uhle and Dylan Bell, who are both tied with Wait at No. 20.
Action in the men’s pole vault is scheduled to follow the women, who are tentatively set to begin at 1 p.m.
(Please Note: Only marks in the Top-50 DI, Top-50 DI West and Top-20 Big 12 are displayed according to TFRRS – converted marks are not used)
The Wildcats complete their stretch of back-to-back home meets with the Wildcat Open on May 10. This will be the final meet for K-State before the Big 12 Championships take place in Lubbock, Texas, the following week. For more information on the Wildcats’ upcoming home meet, as well as further meet info, including heat sheets, on this Saturday’s Ward Haylett Invitational, visit www.k-statesports.com.