Neelly breaks school record, track teams get personal bests at Triton Invitational


After winning three events at the Sun Angel Classic in Arizona last weekend, the Kansas State track and field teams had their sights set even higher for the Triton Invitational in San Diego on April 12 and 13, with senior Brett Neelly breaking a 34-year-old school record in the men’s shot put.

The women’s team, ranked No. 12 in the nation, had two individuals record personal bests in their respective events.

During day one of the meet on Friday, junior Ashley Petr placed 12th in the women’s hammer throw with a distance of 55.41 meters. Petr also competed in the women’s discus, where she ended with a throw distance of 54.09 meters, which earned her 10th place overall.

Sophomores Shaelyn Ward and Taylor Latimer also placed in the women’s hammer throw event. Ward finished 13th with a throw of 54.55 meters and Latimer finished 21st with a distance of 50.66 meters.

Latimer competed in the women’s discus open as well, where she threw for a distance of 48.43 meters, placing 11th overall in the event.

On Saturday, day two of the meet, junior Cameron Lewis scored two personal bests.

Lewis finished 23rd in the men’s hammer throw with a distance of 48.74 meters. In the men’s shot put, Lewis placed seventh with a throw of 16.06 meters.

Finally, the aforementioned Neelly set a new school record in the men’s shot put on his final attempt with a throw of 20.13 meters, beating the 34-year-old record set by former Wildcat Andrew Gillam in 1985 at 19.69 meters.

“It feels great,” Neelly said to K-State Sports. “To come out and break a bit of a funk that I have been in and break the school record in a big way means a lot.”

Neelly was the first Wildcat athlete to break 20 meters in the men’s shot put, having done so in both indoor and outdoor competitions.

Neelly also finished 17th in the men’s discus with a distance of 54.41 meters.

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