K-State track and field team to compete in Drake Relays


The Kansas State men and women’s track and field team will be competing in the 108th annual Drake Relays. After a weekend of hazardous weather in Arkansas, they will come in with hopes for clear skies.

John McDonnell Invitational

This past weekend, K-State competed in the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where five individuals achieved first place.

Sophomore Brett Neelly stood out, where he took home two first-place medals in both the shot put and discus.

Also doing well in the meet was senior Morgan Wedekind, who got a personal record and placed first in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. On the men’s side of the 3,000 steeplechase was junior Colton Donahue, who also placed first.

Drake Relays schedule

The Drake Relays will start on Wednesday with day one of both the men’s decathlon and the women’s heptathlon. The decathlon will go first, beginning at 11:30 a.m, followed by the women’s heptathlon at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday’s events will start at 9:30 in the morning, starting with the decathlon and heptathlon. Also on Thursday, the distance carnival will begin at 6:00 p.m. beginning with the 800-meter run and will end at 9:05 p.m. with the 5,000-meter run.

The university events will pick back up on Friday starting at 9:32 a.m. with the 100-meter hurdles. It will then resume at 11:55 a.m. with preliminary rounds of both the men’s and women’s 4×100-meter relay, which will take place an hour before the 400-meter hurdles and the 100-meter dash begins.

Also on Friday, the field events will begin at 10:00 a.m. with long jump and will continue on with javelin, shot put, pole vault, high jump, discus and triple jump. Friday will conclude with the preliminary rounds of the 4×400-meter relays at 3:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the day will begin with women’s hammer throw at 9 a.m. and will be proceeded with discus, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, long jump and shot put finals for both men’s and women’s.

The track events will begin at 9:35 a.m. with the men’s and women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Saturday will also include the sprint and distance medleys, the 400-meter hurdles, the 800-meter run, 110-meter hurdles, the 1500-meter runs and all relays.

The meet will begin Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in Des Moines, Iowa.

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.