After two months of competition, the K-State track and field team is preparing for their final meet of the outdoor regular season. Just a week removed from securing eight first-place medals in Lawrence, Kansas, the Wildcats travel a few hours north to Lincoln, Nebraska to take part in the Nebraska Invitational on Saturday.
The men’s team has added pressure this week after receiving their first top-25 ranking of the season at No. 20. The men jumped 25 spots after last weekend’s performance in Lawrence, Kansas, from No. 45 in the country.
While the men continue their impressive improvement this season, moving up 66 spots since the opening week of the season, the women’s team has been par for the course. The women are slotted at No. 10 for the third-straight week after reaching No. 9 earlier this outdoor season.
The last time both squads were ranked in the top 25 in the same week’s rankings came last year in the season’s final ranking. At that time, the men were ranked ahead of the women, coming in at No. 18 and No. 24, respectively.
Just a week before the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Ames, Iowa, K-State will face Big 12 foe Oklahoma State in Lincoln. The Cowboys are ranked No. 24 on the men’s side of the competition, while the Cowgirls are ranked No. 17 in the nation.
The one-day Nebraska Invitational begins on Saturday with both the men’s and women’s hammer throw events at noon. The track events will begin at 3 p.m. with the women’s 4×100 relay.