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K-State Track & Field Starts Postseason with Three-Day Big 12 Championship


Day one on Friday begins at 11:30 a.m.

WACO, Texas ( – The K-State track and field teams start the postseason this week with the Big 12 Championship from Thursday-Saturday (May 9-11) in Waco, Texas at the Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium.

All three days will be streamed on ESPN+, while individual day or all-session tickets are available starting at $15.

Competition on Thursday starts with the combined events with senior Urte Bacianskaite set to compete in the women’s heptathlon. The first of four events begins with the 100 meter hurdles at 12 p.m. CT.

The men’s hammer throw also starts at 12 p.m., with the men’s preliminary 1,500 meters kicking off at 6 p.m. CT.

On Friday, the last three heptathlon events resume at 11:45 a.m. CT with the long jump. The women’s pole vault and long jump will both begin at 4 p.m., before track events start at 5 p.m. with the men’s preliminary 110 meter hurdles.

The final day of competition on Saturday will wrap up with the field events at 2 p.m. CT in the men’s discus throw. At 5:05 p.m. the men’s 4×100 relay will tip off an afternoon of final races.

Last season during the outdoor Big 12 Championship, the women finished in seventh place with 48 points, the men in eighth place with 39 points.

Multiple Wildcats head into competition ranked top-10 in the conference in their respective events. Senior KadeMcCall and junior Monique Hardy both hold the No. 2 spots in the men’s and women’s hammer throw.

In the high jump, three Wildcats are featured at No. 4– sophomore Aaron Antoine and junior Marcus Gelpi are tied for the spot in the men’s event, with sophomore Sharie Enoe in the women’s event.

Sophomore Tamaiah Koonce is No. 4 in the women’s discus while freshman Riley Marx is No. 5 in the men’s javelin throw, the highest ranked first-year in the event.

On the track, the men’s 4×400 relay, freshman Nen Matlock and seniors Kyle GaleJaimie Omalla and EugeneOmalla, are No. 4 in the rankings, with E. Omalla also slotted at No. 4 in the 400 meters. Senior Hannah Stewart in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase is No. 6.

During the last regular season meet at the Shocker Open in Wichita, Kan., on May 3, K-State recorded a handful of new bests and first place finishes. Senior Jack Vincent (3:55.74) and sophomore Grace Meyer (4:33.66) swept the 1st place spot in the men’s and women’s 1,500 meters. Sophomore Twaneise Johnson ran her fastest 200 meters in 24.38 seconds and junior Vanessa Mercera recorded her personal best in the 100 meter hurdles in 14.38 seconds.