K-State track and field gear up for Nebraska invite

Freshman Ariel Okorie long jumps at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational at Ahearn Field House on Jan. 20, 2017. (File Photo by Maddie Domnick | The Collegian)

The No. 18 Kansas State women’s track and field teams will travel north this weekend for the Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Nebraska, after narrowly escaping with a win in the New Mexico Team Invitational last weekend.

“This meet has historically been one of the better collegiate meets in the country,” director of track and field and cross country Cliff Rovelto said to K-State Sports about the team’s upcoming meet. “This year’s edition looks to me to be as competitive as ever. This weekend, the majority of our distance runners will run, as well as a number of our long sprinters. A number of our field event athletes are off this weekend as many of them have competed in every meet thus far this year.”

The Wildcats have competed in Nebraska for the past 13 years, and this year they will compete against Kansas, Texas, Iowa State, Kentucky, Auburn and the host of the tournament, the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

It was a good invitational last season, as the Wildcats had eight athletes hit personal bests and had three first-place finishers.

Last weekend, K-State had no runners compete in any events over 400 meters and still came out on top at the end of the invitational. They also had six first-place finishers and several student athletes hit personal bests.

The events start for the Wildcats at 11:30 a.m. on Friday with the women’s pentathlon, and Saturday competition starts at 11:30 a.m. Admission for either day is free.

If you are wanting to track the meet, you can find them on the Nebraska track and field page and will provide live scoring during the entire weekend.