Personal records, first-place finishes highlight weekend competition

The Cross Country team practices at the R.V. Christian Track and Field complex on Oct 25, 2019. (Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

Over the weekend, the track and field teams hosted the Carol Robinson/Attila Zsiovczky Winter Pentathlon on Friday and the K-State Winter Invitational on Saturday.

Junior Tejaswin Shankar was the big name on Friday afternoon when he set a school record in the pentathlon with 4,137 points.

Shankar won the four final events of the pentathlon in the long jump, shot put, high jump and 1,000-meter dash. The meet was capped off for Shankar by completing the 1,000-meter run in 2:41.62, a personal best.

Seniors Lauren Taubert and Ariel Okorie placed second and third in the women’s pentathlon. Taubert with the runner up spot recorded 3,975 points, while Okorie had 3,789 points.

Kansas State saw multiple Wildcats finish the K-State Winter Invitational on Saturday with top-performances, placing them on the top 10 leaderboards for indoor track and field.

Senior Travis Hodge broke the meet record in the men’s 1-mile race at Ahearn Field House with a time of 4:11.54.

There were 10 other Wildcats who won their meet events. Among those were Ashley Petr in the weight throw (20.14 meters), Taylor Latimer in the women’s shot put (16.17 meters), Janique Burgher (1.76 meters) and Kyle Alcine (2.15 meters) in the high jump.

Also, Oscar Smith in the men’s 60-meter hurdles (7.87), Alex Ferguson in the women’s 600 yards (1:23.83), Jullane Walker in the men’s 300 meter (34.44) and Emma Lucas in the women’s mile run (5:05.6) and both 4×400-meter relay races.

The Wildcats compete at the Jim Green Invitational in Lexington, Kentucky on Jan. 10 and 11.

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