Wildcat track team scores 3 event wins in Big 12 Championship


The Kansas State track and field teams had an impressive showing at the Big 12 Championship this past weekend in Lubbock, Texas, with three Wildcats winning their events.

Junior Helene Ingvaldsen won the women’s weight throw with 20.45 meters on Friday, senior Shardia Lawrence won the women’s triple jump with 13.23 meters and sophomore Tejaswin Shankar won the men’s high jump event for the Wildcats with 2.28 meters.

“I felt pretty great overall, on my jumps and everything,” Lawrence said to K-State Sports. “It really means a lot because last year I didn’t make the finals, and now I was able to win.”

Shankar said he was very happy after winning the Big 12 title.

“What matters most to me was the competitiveness of the jumps,” Shankar said to K-State Sports. “Going into that jump, I was only thinking about what I had to do in order to jump, and not the outcome.”

Overall, the women’s team had a total of 102 points, the fourth time they’ve broken 100 points in K-State’s indoor program history. This was good enough for the Wildcats to place third as a team.

The men’s team placed eighth overall in the conference.

In the men’s 600-yard run, freshman Antoni Hoyte-Small ran 1:08.59, which broke a 30-year school record and earned him fifth place in the Big 12 Conference.

As for the women’s side of the 600-yard run, freshman Alex Ferguson ran 1:20.02, which happened to be the second fastest in program history. She had also been named Big 12 Athlete of Week earlier this season.

Freshman Kassidy Johnson also had a good end to the indoor season, running the second fastest 1,000-meter race in school history at 2:45.69.

The women’s and men’s teams both showed up in the shot put as senior Bret Neelly placed second for the men and sophomore Taylor Latimer also took home second for the women.

Up next for K-State is the NCAA Championship in Birmingham, Alabama, on March 8 and 9.