K-State track and field impresses in first outdoor meet of spring season

Freshman pole vaulter Megan Vanderpool arches over the bar at the K-State Open track & field meet on Feb. 20, 2015, at Ahearn Fieldhouse. Vanderpool placed first in the pole vault at this weekend's TCU Invitational meet, clearing a height of 3.46m. (Parker Robb | The Collegian)

After an impressive ending to their indoor season, the K-State track and field team continued to shine with 16 top-5 finishes at the outdoor TCU Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas over the weekend.

Adding to the 16 top-5 finishes, the Wildcats secured five first-place efforts, with four of the five gold-medal performances coming from field events.

The lone top finisher on the track was sophomore distance runner Colton Donahue, who took first place in the men’s 3,000-meter race.

Capturing her third-career gold medal in the javelin event, sophomore thrower Danie Plank started the outdoor season off with a bang, out-throwing the entire field by over 10 meters.

Another athlete making a splash in the invitational was freshman pole vaulter Megan Vanderpool who, in her first outdoor event, managed to earn a gold medal for the Wildcats.

Up next the Wildcats split the team in half for the time during the season. One group is heading to the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas on Friday and Saturday, and the other to the Emporia State Relays on Saturday.