Shankar records season-best, track shows strong effort at John Jacobs Invitational

Sophmore Tejaswin Shankar SHANKAR clears the bar in the mens high jump during the Steve Miller Open on Feb. 16, 2019 at Ahearn Field House. (Archive photo by Rowan Jones | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State senior Tejaswin Shankar impressed again at this weekend’s John Jacobs Invitational in Norman, Oklahoma, posting a season-best in the men’s high jump on his way to another first-place finish.

On Saturday, Shankar hit a mark of 2.25m/7-04.50 to win the event. It was his best jump since the 2019 NCAA Championships where he placed second. Shankar also went for the country’s best mark on Saturday but he missed on all three of his attempts.

As a team, the Wildcats collected 15 event titles at the meet, with 16 personal bests recorded throughout 14 different events. Head coach Cliff Rovelto said he was pleased with his team’s performance.

“Weather and winds were a little iffy at the start, but the day ended up being very nice,” Rovelto said in a release to K-State Athletics. “Ashley (Petr) had a big discus throw and Cam had a nice double. Logan (Wolfley) had another PR. TJ (Shankar) looked good and the women’s relay ran very well. All in all, a productive day.”

Among the event titles were sweeps in the men’s and women’s 800 meters, 100-meter hurdles, 110-meter hurdles, discus, and javelin. Individually, senior Wurrie Njadoe continued her impressive outdoor season with a gold medal in the 100 meters, collecting one of the team’s personal bests with a time of 11.46.

Njadoe’s time was the second-fastest time in school history (11.40).

Senior’s Taishia Pryce (long jump) and Petr (discus) also collected gold on the weekend in their respected events. Senior Justin Davis won the men’s 400 meters with a time of 46.95 as well.

Four K-State athletes placed in the top-6 of the women’s 800 meters, with junior Alex Ferguson taking first. Sophomore Delaney Kemp also made the podium in the race, taking home third-place.

The team’s last title of the event came in the men’s pole vault, where sophomore Jesse Pinkley won the event with a personal-best height of 4.90m/16-00.75. Teammate and fellow sophomore Chandler Heid finished the same event in second.

K-State track will return to action next weekend in College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Alumni Muster.