Wildcats travel to Iowa for Big 12 Indoor Championships

Junior jumper Alyssa Kelly soars throught the air to a long jump of 5.62m at the K-State Open track & field meet on Feb. 20, 2015 at Ahearn Fieldhouse. (Parker Robb | The Collegian)

After an impressive showing at the K-State Open last weekend, K-State track and field travel to Ames, Iowa to compete in the Big 12 Indoor Championships.

Last season, the K-State men’s and women’s teams finished third and fifth in the conference championships, respectively.

This season, K-State bolsters one of its best squads to date, with both the men’s and women’s team ranked in the top 25 nationally at No. 17 and No. 6, respectively.

The women’s team features two-time defending Big 12 champions, junior thrower Sara Savatovic and senior pentathlete Erica Twiss. The Wildcats also currently own the top marks of the season in four separate events.

Junior Akela Jones is responsible for setting three of them. Jones is tops in the conference in long jump, high jump — an honor she shares with sophomore Kim Williamson — and the pentathlon.

The men’s team is also filled with talented players, including freshman Christoff Bryan who owns the conference’s best mark in the high jump event. Also sitting atop the Big 12 is junior Reinis Kregers, who bests the conference in the heptathlon.

The Big 12 Indoor Championships kick off today with the pentathlon before ending on Saturday when each event will crown a conference champion.