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Cats take 2nd at KSU-KU-WSU Showdown

By The Mercury

LAWRENCE — Kansas State finished with 14 first-place finishes and senior Akela Jones was named high point scorer of the meet as the Wildcats finished in second place with a combined team score of 234 points at the KSU-KU-WSU Showdown on Friday.

Kansas went on to win the meet with a team score of 254 total points, while Wichita State finished in third place with a total team score of 203 points.

Jones continued her impressive run of form, winning both the long jump (6.50m/21-04.00), which set a new meet record and the 60 meter hurdles (8.25). She also finished second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.30 and fifth in shot put with a throw of 13.55m to earn high point scorer of the meet with 21 points.

On the track, sophomore A’Keyla Mitchell set a new meet record in both the 60 meter dash (7.37) and the 200 meter dash (23.95) in two-first place finishes, while fellow sophomore Terrell Smith finished first in the same events with a time of 6.78 in the 60 meter dash and 21.45 in the 200 meter dash.

Junior Adam Deterding record a first-place finish in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.20, while senior Sonia Gaskin’s mark of 2:12.85 in the 800 meter run earned her a first place finish in the event. The women’s 4x400 relay team also recorded a first-place finish, beating out the Kansas team with a mark of 3:45.96.

In the field, freshman Zack Supple recorded his first first-place finish of his career and set a new personal best with a jump of 4.95m/13-03.50 in pole vault. Sophomore Christoff Bryan was the last man standing in high jump and finished with a mark of 2.20m/7-02.05 to take first in the event.

Junior Kimberly Williamson dominated in the women’s high jump with a mark of 1.87m/6-01.50, while senior Alyssa Kelly took care of business in the triple jump with a leap of 12.32m/40-05.00. Thrower Dani Winters took first place in shot put with a throw of 17.11m/56-01.75, almost three meters better than the second-place finisher.

K-State returns to action on January 23 and 24 as it host the DeLoss Dodds Invitational. The event is set to be one of the biggest of the season, with 11 potential Olympians competing at the event.

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