Dick earns weekly Big 12 track award

By The Mercury

Kansas State senior Devin Dick was named Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week following his stellar performance last weekend in the heptathlon at the Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, Iowa.

The win marked his first-career victory in the heptathlon, as well as the first by a K-State athlete since the 2009 indoor season when Moritz Cleve won the Big 12 title.

Dick is the first track and field athlete to win the Big 12 accolade this indoor season and the first Wildcat on the team since Laura Galvan, who won Big 12 Runner of the Week this past September, to earn the weekly league honor.

The Hutchinson native won three of the four first-day events in Ames, four of the seven events overall and finished top three in all seven.

The All-American was buoyed by strong performances in the shot put (45-00.25), long jump (23-00.00) and high jump (6-06.00), with the latter two being season bests.

Dick’s 5,505 points scored is the top mark in the Big 12 this season and 10th-best in Division I. His total score nearly eclipsed his career best total of 5,603 points set at last year’s Big 12 Championship as well.

Dick and the rest of the Wildcats will look to continue a strong start to the season this weekend, as one group heads to Lincoln, Neb., for the Sevigne Husker Invitational and the other to Albuquerque, N.M., for the New Mexico Classic.

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