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Cats close busy track and field weekend

By The Mercury

The Kansas State track and field team closed out a weekend of competition in Lincoln, Neb., and Albuquerque, N.M.

After a successful first day marked by strong finishes and performances, the Wildcats completed their third and fourth road meets with notable performances on both the track and in the field events on Saturday.

In all, K-State finished the day with seven top-5 finishes and multiple personal bests set.

Jumps and relays headlined the action in Albuquerque, as Devin Field continued his recent stretch of impressive performances with another personal best set — this time in the triple jump. The sophomore leaped 49-01.75 to finish sixth in a competitive field that included top-25 Division-I jumpers, Clive Pullen, Kasen Covington and Raymond Higgs. Already with a personal best set this weekend in the long jump, Field now holds overall season-bests for the Wildcats in the long jump and triple jump.

Also putting in a personal best performance was another sophomore in Alyssa Kelly, who finished third in the triple jump at 40-00.

K-State’s men’s 4x400 team of Christopher Campbell, Carlos Rodriguez, Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye and Tyris Jefferson won for the second straight week, beating the field by nearly two seconds with a time of 3:10.64.

On the women’s side, the group of Erica Twiss, Sarah Kolmer, Tia Gamble and Sonia Gaskin finished third in a time of 3:37.52.

Rounding out the top-5 performances for the Wildcats was Dani Winters and Rodriguez. Winters placed third in the shot put with a mark of 15.82m/51-11.00, while Rodriguez was fourth in the 60 meters with a time of 6.78 seconds.

In Lincoln,  Logan Smith was third in the 800 meters with a time of 1:52.30.

Among the 13 athletes to compete for K-State in Saturday’s action in Lincoln, seven were freshmen.

The Wildcats now shift their focus to Ames, Iowa, for one of the biggest meets of the indoor season. The Big 12 Championship is only two weeks away and the NCAAs are a little more than a month away.

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