Kansas State senior Lauren Taubert posted one of the best pentathlon scores in school history last week. That earned her recognition from the Big 12 Wednesday.

The league announced Taubert won the conference’s Women’s Athlete of the Week award.

“Staying focused on one event at a time and paying attention to the small technical things in each event along with focusing on myself and not the competition really had an impact on how I performed,” Taubert said in a release last week, listing off the keys to her epic outing.

A Wyoming native, Taubert finished with 4,352 points to win the event at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. The point total was a personal record and the fourth-best showing in the women’s pentathlon in program history.

To pull off the feat, Taubert had to record consecutive runner-up finishes in the long jump and 800-meter events.

“Lauren obviously had a great meet,” K-State director of track and field Cliff Rovelto said. “It was a 200-point PR (personal record). She had PRs in the first four events and then nearly ran a PR in the 800. She only ran faster at the indoor nationals last year. She has worked hard over the past three and a half years and does everything asked of her.”

Taubert now ranks first nationally for pentathlon scores, leading her closest competitor by more than 100 points.

Wednesday marks the second time Taubert won the Big 12’s weekly award during the indoor season. She previously captured the award on Feb. 7, 2018.

It’s the third Big 12 Athlete of the Week award for the Wildcats since the 2020 season began; senior Jullane Walker and sophomore Kassidy Johnson earned their own accolades on Jan. 15.

The next meet for K-State women’s and men’s teams is the South Carolina Invitational, which begins Friday in Columbia, S.C. The meet concludes Saturday.

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