K-State to send four athletes to indoor track and field championships

Emily DeShazer | The Collegian Senior sprinter Carlos Rodriguez strides over the finish line at the K-State Invitational on Jan. 25, in Ahearn Fieldhouse. Rodriguez finished wiht a time of 6.74 seconds and ranks 4th in the Big 12.

After an impressive showing at the Big 12 indoor championships last weekend in Ames, Iowa, the K-State Wildcats will send four athletes to Albuquerque, N.M. to compete in the track and field national championships. A pair of athletes from both the men and women’s side will be competing.

Headlining the men’s side is senior pole vaulter Kyle Wait. So far this season, Wait has captured his first ever indoor Big 12 title with a school record jump of 5.45 meters. Wait has also won the last two outdoor Big 12 titles along with a seventh place finish last season at the outdoor national championships in Eugene, Ore.

The other athlete on the men’s side is sixth year senior Devin Dick. The Kansas native was granted a sixth year of eligibility last year. Dick’s outstanding performance last week in the heptathlon earned him his first career Big 12 title.

The youngest of the four headed to the land of enchantment comes from the women’s side, sophomore Alyx Treasure. In 2012 as a true freshman, Treasure qualified for the NCAA championships before redshirting last season. The sophomore enters into elite company with only four other former Wildcats to compete in the NCAA championships multiple times in the women’s high jump.

Rounding out the group is senior Erica Twiss. The pentathlete scored 4,074 points last weekend in Ames to win her first ever Big 12 title. Twiss enters this weekend’s competition having set three top 10 school marks this season. Her 8.24 second mark in the 60 meter hurdles set a K-State record.