Colin Echols and Lauren Taubert lead in Razorback Invite

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Assistant track head coach Mike Smith urges sophomore mid distance runner Sonia Gaskin during one of the last laps of her 800 meter run at the K-State Invitational in Ahearn Fieldhouse Saturday. Gaskin finished with a time of 2:08.60, a new personal best and meet record. (Emily DeShazer | Collegian Media Group)

Over the weekend, the track and field teams competed in the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

In the two-day competition, two Wildcats won their events overall and many others placed in their respective events.

On Friday, junior Colin Echols and senior Lauren Taubert each claimed their events for Kansas State. Echols won the men’s weight throw with a throw of 20.57 meters followed by fellow teammate senior Cameron Lewis placing eighth in the event with a throw of 18.23 meters. Taubert scored 4,352 points in the women’s pentathlon, while senior Ariel Okorie scored 3,940 points.

The 4,352 points scored by Taubert puts her in fourth overall in K-State school history in the pentathlon. This mark also broke her personal best at the NCAA Indoor Championships last year.

Three Wildcats placed in the top 10 in the women’s weight throw event. Seniors Helene Ingvaldsen and Ashley Petr placed third and fifth with marks of 20.60 meters and 19.99 meters, respectively. Junior Shaelyn Ward finished ninth with a distance of 18.60 meters.

On the second and final day of the meet, both the men and women’s teams finished in seventh place overall. The women’s team earned 44 points to tie with Stanford and the men finished with 39 points. Louisiana State won the meet on the women’s side and for the men, Texas claimed the victory.

Freshman and senior duo of Edgaras Benkunskas and Aaron Booth finished with 5,631 points for sixth place and 5,614 points to earn seventh overall.

Booth placed second in the pole vault with a mark of 4.80 meters and earned sixth place in the 1,000-meter race.

Junior Cara Melgares finished ninth with a time of 4:57.91 in the women’s mile run. Also for the Wildcats in the event were freshman Hannah Stewart and senior Emma Wren. Stewart ran the event in 4:59.15 for 11th overall and Wren placed 14th with a time of 4:58.71.

On Feb. 7 and 8, the Wildcats will be in Columbia, South Carolina as they compete in the South Carolina Invitational.

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