Wildcat Invitational to feature Kynard, Julmis

By The Mercury

Fresh off a strong performance in Lawrence, K-State track and field returns home for the Wildcat Invitational in Ahearn Field House this Saturday.

Competing against the Wildcats will be Big 12 rivals Oklahoma State for the second time this season as well as the University of Tulsa.

Both the men’s and women’s teams matchups will be scored as triangular and double dual meets between the schools.

Last season’s Wildcat Invitational saw K-State sweep the meet against the returning Cowboys and Golden Hurricane, as well as UMKC’s track and field squads.

In all, the Wildcats won 18 events, including dominant performances in the jumps and sprints categories.

This year’s invitational is set to begin with field events at noon and conclude with track events scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.

Admission to the event is free. Information on the meet, including the events schedule, can be found here.

Along with the three schools in competition, the invitational will play host to several unattached athletes. including former Wildcats Erik Kynard in the high jump and Jeffrey Julmis in the hurdles.

Competing with Kynard in the high jump will be three Chinese national high jumpers that will be training with Coach Cliff Rovelto and the team for three months.

Zhang Guowei and Wang Yu will compete on the men’s side and Zheng Xingjuan for the women.

Zhang has competed in the last three World Championships, two outdoor and one indoor, as well the 2012 London Olympics.

Wang was also at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow this past year.

Zheng, who competed in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as well as several World Championships.

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