K-State to face Big 12 foes in Baylor Invitational

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Junior cross-country/mid-distance runner Sonia Gaskin runs down the final stretch to take the win in the women's 600-yard run as sophomore distance runner Marija Stambolic follows behind at the K-State Open track & field meet on Feb. 20, 2015 at Ahearn Fieldhouse. Gaskin set a school record for the fastest time in the event on an oversized track with her second-place finish of 1:19.46. (Parker Robb | The Collegian)

With the shattered records from the Emporia State Spring Open behind them, the K-State track and field team is in Waco, Texas to take part in the Baylor Invitational today.

The one-day meet will feature 10 women’s teams and eight men’s teams, with the Wildcats facing off against Big 12 foes Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma and TCU. For the No. 11-ranked women’s team, they will be facing off against the No. 10 Bears and the No. 25 Jayhawks. The men will face just one top-25 program, No. 13 Baylor.

After a first-place finish and meet record in the 400-meter event at the Emporia State Spring Open, junior middle distance runner Sonia Gaskin looks to continue her winning ways in Texas. Gaskin finished the 2014 outdoor season a First Team All-American in both the 800-meter and 4X400-meter relay events.

Alongside Gaskin, the K-State women’s team will welcome junior sprinter Tia’ Gamble, who’s set to make her season debut. Gamble, who followed up her 2014 outdoor First Team All-American selection in the 4X400 relay with Second Team All-American honors in the Indoor season, will be stepping on the track as a tested force for the Wildcats.

For the men, sophomore distance runner Kain Ellis is looking to duplicate his performance from last week where he earned his second-career, first-place finish in outdoor competition while competing in the 1,500-meter run event.

The Baylor Invitational will begin with the field events at 11 a.m. today before moving to the track starting at 3 p.m. The event will take place at the Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium.

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