Two Wildcats break national records at 88th Kansas Relays


K-State track and field made the best of their time at the 88th Kansas Relays over the weekend in Lawrence. The team concluded the three-day event Friday with 10 first-place finishes to go along with a number of personal-best marks.

The women’s team, which saw 18 athletes finish in the top five, secured a second-place finish as a group with 172 points, 22 points behind the Jayhawks.

On the women’s side, junior thrower Sara Savatovic had a record-breaking throw on her way to her second-straight medal in the hammer throw competition. The No. 3 hammer thrower in Division I topped out at 66.40 meters, not only breaking the K-State school record, but also broke her own Serbian National Record.

On the men’s side of the competition, K-State finished the quadrangle meet in last place behind Purdue, Colorado State and the victors, Kansas.

For the men, another national record fell for K-State as junior multi-athlete Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye managed to set the national long jump record for the Turks and Caicos with a jump of 7.58 meters. In the event, Otuonye finished .01 meters behind the first place finisher.

Up next for K-State track and field is the Brutus Hamilton Challenge in Berkeley, California beginning on Friday.