Track and field, cross country team has confirmed COVID-19 outbreak

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Hurdles sit on the track of the RV Christian Track Complex prior to an event. (Archive Photo by Parker Robb | Collegian Media Group)

The track and field and cross country teams were identified as a new COVID-19 outbreak in the Riley County area. As of Wednesday, 10 members tested positive, according to the latest COVID-19 update from the Riley County Health Department.

The outbreak is included in the 60 new positive cases in Riley County identified on Wednesday. There are 145 active cases in the county.

The news comes just a month out from the track and field team hosting the Carol Robinson Winter Invitational at Ahearn Field House on Dec. 4, followed by the K-State Winter Invitational on Dec. 5, also at Ahearn Fieldhouse.

Additionally, it comes just days after the cross country team competed in the Big 12 Championship last Friday in Lawrence.

In total, Riley County documented 2,154 cases since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. About 1,600 of those cases — just over 69 percent — are in people between the ages of 18 and 24.

Over the summer, K-State Athletics was the source of another outbreak — at one point counting a positivity rate of about 15 percent.

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Hey! I’m Cameron Bradley and I am the sports editor for the Collegian! I am a junior from Wichita, Kansas, and I am majoring in journalism. When I’m not working for the Collegian, I’m creating content and putting on broadcasts with K-StateHD.TV. I am also currently a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. I love sports, spending time with friends, family and doing everything that I do for the glory of God!