K-State track to compete in Rock Chalk Classic

Junior Morgan Wedekind rounds a corner en route to winning the 1 mile run at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational Jan. 23, 2016, in Ahearn Field House. (File Photo by Parker Robb | The Collegian)

For the second-to-last meet before the Big 12 Outdoor Championships, K-State track and field heads to Lawrence this Saturday for the Rock Chalk Classic.

The meet won’t be short on competition. Kansas, Minnesota, Oral Roberts, UMKC, Wichita State and Oklahoma State will be represented at the Rock Chalk Classic.

The Minnesota men’s team is currently ranked No. 11, while K-State’s No. 8 women’s team will have to face No. 21 ranked Oklahoma State.

The Rock Chalk Classic is just one item on the list of a busy weekend for the Minnesota men’s team. The Gophers also are sending athletes to compete in the Drake Relays and the St. Mary’s Open. They also competed in the Bolstorff Invitational on Thursday.

Minnesota’s women’s team also has had a busy week, with the team competing in the Drake Relays as well as sending athletes to the Kip Janvrin Open on Thursday and today and the Janis Rider Invitational on Saturday.

Oklahoma State’s track and field teams will also be divided up this weekend. The Cowgirls’ 4-x-800 meter relay team is heading to the Penn State Relays along with the distance medley teams. The rest of the teams will be split up among the Rock Chalk Classic and Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, California.

The Oklahoma State men’s team is currently on the hunt to earn a season sweep in the Big 12. The Cowboys have already won the Big 12 Championship in cross country and indoor track and field. Now all that’s left is the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

Oral Roberts is coming off a solid performance at the John Jacobs Invitational in Norman, Oklahoma. Sophomore Omega Reese highlighted to meet for Oral Roberts, winning the women’s 800-meter run on a time of 2 minutes, 12.84 seconds.

Also competing in the John Jacobs Invitational, Wichita State’s men’s and women’s teams both took second. The men’s team was just 23 points away from top-finishing Oklahoma.

The Rock Chalk Classic will serve as a return trip for UMKC. The last time UMKC was in action was at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, April 20-23. The men’s distance medley team took first place for UMKC at the Kansas Relays, while the woman’s 800-meter run was dominated by the Roos. The top three Division I finishers in the event came from UMKC.

The meet kicks off in the field at 11 a.m. with the men’s hammer throw. Action on the track starts at 4 p.m. with the men’s 4-x-100 meter relay.