K-State excels in trio of meets in Arizona


The K-State track and field team covered the state of Arizona over the weekend, competing in three different meets in two days to take home 12 top-five finishes.

In the Sun Angel Track Classic in Tempe, Arizona — the largest meet of the weekend — the Wildcats saw exceptional performances from both the men’s and women’s teams. Sophomore Kim Williamson and senior Alyx Treasure excelled in their outdoor season debut, finishing first and second in the women’s high jump event respectively.

On the men’s side, sophomore distance runner Kain Ellis secured his second first-place finish of the season by the narrowest of margins in the 800-meter dash, just 0.63 seconds.

In the Mesa Classic in Mesa, Arizona, senior distance runner Laura Galvan broke the meet record in the 5,000-meter run by over 46 seconds on her way to her first gold medal of the season.

At the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Arizona, junior combined athlete Akela Jones managed to dazzle in her first Division I Heptathlon, securing an astonishing 6,049 points in the event. For perspective, coming into this week, the NCAA’s best mark was 6,027 points.

Up next for K-State track and field is the Kansas Relays in Lawrence and the Arkansas Combined Event in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Kansas Relays begin on Thursday, while the Arkansas Combined Event kicks off on Friday.