Track and field to compete in John McDonnell Invitational

Track and field attendees watch the K-State track meet in Ahearn Field House on Feb. 17, 2017. (File Photo by John Benfer | The Collegian)

After a victorious weekend at the Texas Invitational last week, the Kansas State track and field teams travel south to compete in the two-day John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with rainy conditions.

The meet begins today with the men’s hammer throw, followed by the women’s hammer throw. The last throwing events today will be discus throw, pole vault and javelin.

Following the throwing events will be the triple jump, 400-meter hurdles, 3,000- and 5,000-meter races, the 3,000- and 5,000-meter steeplechase and the 1,500-meter race.

The Arkansas/Wisconsin Decathlon Challenge begins at 3 p.m. with the 100-meter hurdles, and the heptathlon will also take place today, starting at noon.

On Saturday, the meet will pick back up with the women’s heptathlon at noon, followed by the men’s decathlon at 1 p.m. before high jump at 4:45 p.m.

The women’s and men’s 400-meter dash, long jump, high jump, 100-meter dash, pole vault, 200-meter dash and the 800-meter dash, shot put and relays will also take place on Saturday.

The No. 26-ranked Wildcat women won their first meet of the season at the Texas Invitational by four points.

“The weather may not be ideal this weekend, but we have to be able to compete in all conditions,” Cliff Rovelto, director of men’s and women’s track and field and cross country, said to K-State Sports. “The championship meets this year are in locations where the weather is unpredictable. Hopefully, as a group, we can continue to progress the next couple of weeks leading into the Big 12 meet.”

Competition will begin at noon today and will continue on Saturday at noon and ending at 8 p.m. on John McDonnell Field.

I'm DeAundra Allen, co-editor-in-chief and sports editor at the Collegian. I'm a junior in broadcast journalism and pre-law, with a minor in philosophy. I was born in Brighton, Colorado, home of La Placita and the Bulldogs. I moved to Kansas in 2010, and fell in love with press boxes at a young age. In my spare time, I talk about my pets, sports, and work towards going to law school.