K-State track and field fairs well in Sevigne Husker Invitational

Ariel Okorie, freshman in business administration, makes it over the high jump at the Deloss Dodds Invitational in Ahearn Field House on Jan. 20 2017. (File Photo by Regan Tokos | The Collegian)

Many Kansas State track and field athletes came back from the Sevigne Husker Invitational at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday with personal bests, particularly junior Lukas Koch and freshman Ranae McKenzie.

There were also three first-place finishes and 16 personal bests in the invitational for the Wildcats.

“I think Lukas in the mile, Ranae in the 200-meter dash and Jayce in the shot put were the best marks of the day,” director of track and field and cross country Cliff Rovelto said to K-State Sports. “There were some people that probably had personal bests or close to personal bests today, but the bottom line is to compete at the level that they have to compete at, we have a long way to go.”

The running events were very good on Saturday for K-State as Koch had a personal best time of 4:05.95 to win the men’s mile. It was also good for ninth in the school’s all-time leaderboard and the fastest in the conference all year.

On the women’s side, senior Morgan Wedekind led the way for the Wildcats as she finished in sixth with a time of 4:52.82 and freshman Erin Lee had a personal best of 4:55.22 to get eighth.

Senior Kain Ellis had a top-five finish as he ran 1:52.76 in the 800-meter run and senior Marija Stambolic ended in seventh at 2:13.22, which was a season best.

K-State also had good performances from senior twins Brett Bachman and Jeff Bachman as they recorded season bests with times of 8:27.04 and 8:28.61 in the 3,000-meter races.

The Wildcats will be split next week as some of the team goes to Ames, Iowa, to take part in the Iowa State Classic while others go to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.