Nationally-ranked track and field teams host K-State Open

Junior Blake Goodin (front), freshman Lukas Koch (back), and a University of Tulsa runner round a corner in the men's 3000m run at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational track & field meet on Jan. 24, 2015 in Ahearn Fieldhouse. (Parker Robb | The Collegian)

K-State track and field hosts the K-State Open today with the men’s and women’s teams ranked nationally for the first time since computer rankings began in 2008.

The K-State women are ranked No. 6 in the country while the men jumped to No. 16 in the recent rankings. Both are coming off a solid performance in Arkansas last weekend.

Freshman high-jumper Christoff Bryan earned the nation’s top ranking with a 2.28 meter jump in the high-jump event during the Tyson Invitational last weekend.

For the women, junior pentathlete Akela Jones, the two-time Big 12 athlete of the week, earned the nation’s top mark in the long jump with a 6.64 meter jump in Arkansas.

The K-State Open will begin today at 5 p.m. in Ahearn Field House.