Purple will be spread across the country this week as the Kansas State track and field teams will split up to compete in three different meets.
A small group of jumpers and sprinters will go to the Lonestar State to compete in the 85th Texas Relays, while the women’s multi-program will be on display at the Jim Click Shootout in Arizona.
All seven of K-State’s heptathletes will compete in the heptathlon on Thursday and Friday, highlighting the quality depth in the event within the program. The rest of the Wildcats will be in action at the ESU Open on Saturday for a full weekend of track and field for K-State.
The Jim Click Shootout regularly has a strong field competing in the multi-events, and this year will be no different. The Wildcats have already shown the strength of the multi-program this year with Ryann Krais winning the Big 12 indoor title in the pentathlon and Mairead Murphy claiming third and setting an Ireland national record.
Krais finished fifth at the NCAA Championship to close indoor season and is the defending NCAA champion in the heptathlon.
Krais and sophomores Julia Zeiner and Erica Twiss form the base of the group from an experience standpoint, the other four K-State heptathletes are all new to the program this year. Murphy transferred to K-State from her native Ireland for her final year of eligibility, and NJCAA runner-up Richelle Murphy came to K-State from Cowley County. Joslyn Barnes and Sarah Kolmer are freshman that bring even more depth to the group.
At the Texas Relays, K-State’s high jump program will take on a strong field with Erik Kynard facing the majority of the athletes who competed at the NCAA Indoor Championship on the men’s side. Alyx Treasure also will face top competition in the women’s field. Senior TiAra Walpool is ready for her first triple jump action of the year and will take on some of the best in her respective event.
Samantha McKnight will run the 100 meters with newcomers Carlos Rodriguez and Dane Steen running for the men. Junior college transfer Tarique Hill will compete in the 110-meter hurdles as well to round out K-State s entries.
K-State will send 26 Wildcats to Emporia for the ESU Open on Saturday to complete the busy weekend of action. The team will be competing in nearly every event at the meet, beginning with the hammer throw at noon from Fran Welch Stadium at Emporia State.