Wildcats in Lawrence for 88th Kansas Relays

Senior distance runner Laura Galvan approaches the final lap as she leads the women's one mile run at the K-State Open track & field meet on Feb. 20, 2015, at Ahearn Fieldhouse. (File Photo by Parker Robb | The Collegian)

The K-State track and field team is in Lawrence for the next four days, competing in the 88th Kansas Relays. Held in Rock Chalk Park, the quadrangle hosts Purdue and Colorado State, as well as the Wildcats and Jayhawks.

The Wildcats’ women’s team entered the first day of competition Wednesday ranked No. 9 in the country by the USTFCCCA, up three spots from last week and the team’s highest ranking of the season. The women are the only ranked team at the event.

After a hot performance in the Jim Click Shootout, junior Akela Jones has found herself just 97 points from the top spot in the NCAA Heptathlon event. Jones is also tied for the second-best long jump mark with distance she earned last year at NAIA Oklahoma Baptist.

The Kansas Relays began on Wednesday and will continue today with the Heptathlon and Decathlon. The men’s and women’s hammer throw will be the only event taking place on Friday. The rest of the events will take place on Saturday at noon.