Group of Wildcats to compete in NCAA Indoor Championships

Junior mid-distance runner Sonia Gaskin (5) races down the straight stretch ahead of junior sprinter Tia' Gamble (3) in the women's 800m run at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational Track & Field Meet on Jan. 24, 2015, in Ahearn Fieldhouse. Both Gaskin and Gamble will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to compete in the women's 4x400m relay at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships--the first time K-State has ever sent a 4x400 relay team. (Parker Robb | The Collegian)

With one weekend remaining in the 2014-15 indoor season, the K-State track and field team will send multiple athletes to Fayetteville, Arkansas to compete in the Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships today.

On the men’s side, the Wildcats are sending freshman duo Christoff Bryan and Nate Gipson to compete in the high jump event.

Bryan, with a 2.28 meter jump at the Tyson Invitational (in the same building that nationals are held in), is tied for the best jump in the country this season.

Gipson, who recently captured the Big 12 Outstanding Freshman of the Year Award, is coming off a second-place finish at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. He has only secured one first-place finish this season, which was at the New Mexico Team Invitational at the end of January.

On the women’s side, K-State will send eight athletes to Arkansas to take part in seven events: 4X4 relay, long jump, high jump, shot put, pentathlon, 60-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash.

Among the women competing today, three will be vying for gold in multiple events.

Freshman A’Keyla Mitchell, who won the women’s Big 12 Outstanding Freshman of the Year award, will compete with the 4X4 relay team while also taking to the track to compete in the 200-meter dash.

Junior Akela Jones, one of three Big 12 Outstanding Performer of the Year award winners for the women, is competing in the 60-meter hurdle, high jump and long jump events.

In the high jump event, Jones will also be competing with fellow teammates sophomore Kimberly Williamson and senior Alyx Treasure.

The NCAA Indoor Championships will conclude on Saturday.