Wildcat track and field back home this weekend

Runner Lukas Koch, then-junior in agricultural technology management, rounds a corner in the Men's 1 Mile at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational track & field meet Jan. 23, 2016, in Ahearn Fieldhouse. (File Photo by Parker Robb | The Collegian)

The Kansas State women’s and men’s track teams return home this weekend for the DeLoss Dodds Invitational on Friday and Saturday inside Ahearn Field House.

Colorado State, North Texas, Oklahoma State and Tulsa will all be competing in the invitational with the Wildcats.

Last week, K-State competed in the KSU-KU-WSU triangular in Wichita.

The Wildcat women defeated both the Shockers and the Jayhawks, and the men finished in second behind Kansas in the triangular.

The women finished with a score of 118 points, while the Jayhawks had 114 and the Shockers ended with 112. On the men’s side, Kansas finished with a score of 128, while K-State had 113 and Wichita State finished third with 105.

Both teams also received good news earlier this week after a successful start to the 2017 season. The women and men are both ranked, according to the Track and Field News top-25 poll.

The women are 2-0 this season and are the top-ranked Big 12 Conference school while the men are 1-1 this season and are the second Big 12 school behind Kansas in the initial poll for the season.

“It is early in the season, so I doubt this accurately reflects everyone’s teams so far,” Cliff Rovelto, director of track and field and cross country, said to K-State Sports about the initial rankings. “We do attempt to have a complete team, so ranking among the nation’s best is gratifying.”

For a school to be ranked, they must have participated in more than one dual and the rankings of wins and losses, the strength of schedule and if the meet was taken seriously will be considered.

You can see the meet at 10 a.m. on Friday in Ahearn Field House and then at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.