Track wraps up Ward Haylett Invitational on Saturday, honors seniors

The Kansas State track and field team competed in day three of the Ward Haylett Invitational at the R.V. Christian Track and Field Complex on Saturday afternoon. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State track and field team saw success on the final day of the Ward Haylett Invitational on Saturday – all while honoring the senior class.

The Wildcats recorded multiple personal records and near personal records, positioning the team well for Big 12 Conference title runs next weekend.

“There were a number of PRs or near PRs, so it appears most are in good position entering next week,” Cliff Rovelto, head coach, said in a release to K-State Athletics. “Generally, we had good conditions, which is fortunate given some of the weather we have had in recent meets.”

Among the personal bests included senior Kyle Alcine in the men’s high jump. Alcine jumped 2.15m/7-00.50 and secured a spot in second place, right behind Olympic medalist Erik Kynard, who was representing Jordan Brand for the meet.

Fellow senior Ashley Petr continued to show her dominance in the women’s discus, placing first yet again with a throw of 55.87m/183-04.

K-State was able to sweep both the men’s and women’s shot put titles. Junior Taylor Latimer secured a win with a throw of 16.50m/54-01.75, while junior Cameron Lewis won while throwing 18.12m/59.05.50.

Seniors Kimisha Chambers (1st, 13.18) and Lauren Taubert (3rd, 13.47) each recorded PR’s in the women’s 100-meter hurdles.

In both sections of the 100 meters, K-State snagged top-2 spots with freshman Darian Clarke taking gold (10.69, men’s) and senior Akia Guerrier (12.16) taking second, highlighting yet another impressive senior day performance.

“I’m super glad it was a nice day for the seniors,” Rovelto said. “They collectively have contributed a great deal to K-State, and we are very appreciative of their efforts and experiences they have provided over their years in our program.”

Senior Konstantina Romaiou capped off the Ward Haylett Invitational with a first-place finish in the triple jump (13.06m/42-10.25).

The Wildcats will play host for the 2021 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships next weekend. It’s the first time K-State has hosted the event since 2012.

Day one of the meet is on Friday at the R.V. Christian Track and Field Complex. Tickets for the Big 12 Championships are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.