Wildcats Travel to John Jacobs Invitational Saturday

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s and women’s track and field teams continue their outdoor season this weekend with a visit to another Big 12 campus, as the Wildcats compete in a one-day meet at Oklahoma’s John Jacobs Invitational this Saturday (April 24) at the John Jacobs Track Complex in Norman, Oklahoma.
The meet was shifted from an original two-day event to one day due to inclement weather in the Norman area on Friday. The competition begins on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., CT with the men’s and women’s javelin throw, while the running events will start at 1 p.m., CT with the 4×100-meter relays and run until 4:55 p.m., CT.
K-State will be joined at the meet by the host Sooners as well as Big 12 rival Oklahoma State, along with a variety of athletes from some other local schools. All six of the men’s and women’s teams in the meet rank among the Top 60 nationally led by the No. 23 Oklahoma men and No. 27 K-State women. In the latest Midwest Regional rankings, all three men’s teams are in the Top 10 led by the No. 2 Sooners and No. 3 Wildcats, while on the women’s side, the schools rank 1-2-3 led by the top-ranked Wildcats.
“Saturday is going to be a smaller meet in terms of numbers. It’s going to be Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and us,” said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Cliff Rovelto. “Weather looks like it should be fine, 70 degrees and no rain in the forecast. We have around 50 athletes traveling. Some of our folks who have been competing every week will be off, so they can get more training in. I anticipate some quality marks by those going as training has progressed well and conditions should be better for us.”
K-State did drop in the latest USTFCCCA National Rating Index (TFRI) that was released on Monday (April 19) with the women’s team checking in at No. 27 (89.01) and the men’s squad coming in at No. 57 (34.62). The Wildcats remain one of the top teams in the Midwest in the latest USTFCCCA Regional Rating Index (TFRI), as the women’s team ranks first (703.89) and the men’s team places third (447.87).
The Wildcats will have nearly 50 athletes competing in various events on Saturday, including nationally-ranked performers, sophomore Vitoria Alves (100 meter hurdles/20th), junior Taylor Latimer (shot put/15th), senior Cameron Lewis (discus/31st), senior Ashley Petr (discus/20th), senior Tejaswin Shankar (high jump/16th), senior Logan Wolfley (javelin/16th) and women’s 4×400 meter relay (21st).
Seventeen of the 48 athletes will compete in at least two events or relays, while freshman decathlete Urte Bacianskaite is set to compete in four events, including the women’s 200 meters, long jump, shot put and javelin.
Tuning into the John Jacobs Invitational
Fans wanting to follow along with the John Jacobs Invitational can watch the live stream on SoonerSports.TV (https://soonersports.com/watch/?Live=498&type=Archive). This is premium event on the service, so there will be a cost associated to watch. There are monthly subscriptions ($9.99) available at SoonerSports.TV. For more information, please visit the FAQ section on SoonerSports.TV.
The live results link will be provided by Delta Timing (https://tf.deltatiming.com/oklahoma/2021-john-jacobs-invitational), while results will also be available at Oklahoma Athletics (www.SoonerSports.com).
Due to COVID-19, the general public will not be allowed at the John Jacobs Track Complex.
For more information on the outdoor meet, including a full schedule of events, records and more can be found on kstatesports.com by clicking here.
USTFCCCA Top-10 Marks of the Week (April 13-19)
Despite inclement weather at the Michael Johnson Invitational last weekend in Waco, Texas, K-State still saw a number of athletes earn USTFCCCA Top-10 Marks of the Week for the dates of April 13-19. Senior Tejaswin Shankar posted the fifth-best mark in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 15.88m/52-01.25, sophomore Chantoba Bright (13.15m/43-3.25) and senior Helene Ingvaldsen (65.31m/215-7) each registered the seventh-best marks in the women’s triple jump and hammer throws, while senior Jullane Walker recorded the ninth-best leap in the men’s long jump at 7.56m/24-9.75.
Wildcats Rank Among the Best Nationally
K-State currently has 24 athletes among the Top 50 in their respective events this outdoor season, while the Wildcats place among the Top 50 in both the men’s 4×400-meter relay (3:08.79/47th) and women’s 4×400-meter relay (3:34.52/21st).
Seniors Lauren Taubert (5,831/4th) and Ariel Okorie (5,474/17th) still rank among the nation’s best in the heptathlon, while junior Matas Adamonis ranks 21st in the decathlon with 7,293.
The throws group continues to have a number of top performers, including senior Helene Ingvaldsen (hammer, 66.89m/219-5, 8th), junior Taylor Latimer (shot put, 17.12m/56-2, 15th), senior Cameron Lewis (discus, 56.24m/184-6, 31st), freshman Kade McCall (hammer, 65.15m/213-9, 33rd), senior Ashley Petr (discus, 55.20m/181-1, 20th), senior Shaelyn Ward (hammer, 62.60m/205-4, 35th) and senior Logan Wolfley (javelin, 70.92m/232-8, 16th).
The jumps group is also highly-rated, including junior Chantoba Bright in both the triple jump (13.19m/43-3.25, 17th) and long jump (6.31m/20-8.5, 31st), senior Tejaswin Shankar in both the high jump (2.19m/7-2.25, 16th) and triple jump (15.88m/52-1.25, 26th), freshman Rhianna Phipps in the triple jump (13.18m/43-3, 20th), senior Jah Strange in the triple jump (16.26m/53-4.25, 8th) and senior Jullane Walker in the long jump (7.56m/24-9.75, 43rd).
In the sprints, sophomore Vitoria Alves and O’shalia Johnson and senior Kimisha Chambers all rank among the nation’s best in their respective events. Chambers is 12th nationally (57.64) in the 400-meter hurdles, while Alves is 20th (13.14) in the 100-meter hurdles. Johnson is 39th (53.31) in the 400 meters.
Last Time Out
K-State enjoyed solid effort in the two-day Michael Johnson Invitational last weekend (April 16-17) in Waco, Texas, as the Wildcats collected eight event titles, including a sweep of the men’s and women’s long jump and triple jump events, at Baylor’s Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium.
In all, 18 Wildcats collected personal bests throughout the weekend.
K-State’s run of first-place finishes started on Friday with a pair of titles by senior Helene Ingvaldsen in the women’s hammer and sophomore Kassidy Johnson in the women’s 1,500 meters. It was Ingvaldsen’s second title in the hammer this spring and the first since the UTSA Invitational on March 20, while it was Johnson’s second career win in the 1,500 meters at the Michael Johnson Invitational and the first this outdoor season.
Senior Colin Echols started the run of first-place finishes in the first event of the day on Saturday with a personal-best throw of 53.31m/174-11.10 to win the men’s discus throw, which was then followed by titles by seniors Jullane Walker and Taishia Pryce in the men’s and women’s long jump competitions and senior Tejaswin Shankar and junior Chantoba Bright in the men’s and women’s triple jump events. Senior Kyle Alcine wrapped up the day with a win in the men’s high jump with a mark of 2.10m/6-10.75.
Walker and Pryce followed Echols with wins in the men’s and women’s long jump in the third and fourth events of the day, as Walker recorded a mark of 7.56m/24-09.75 on his first attempt to win by 4 inches, while Pryce posted her winning jump of 6.14m/20-01.75 on her second attempt.
Bright was part of a 1-2 finish in the women’s triple jump, as her mark of 13.19m/43-03.25 defeated teammate and freshman Rhianna Phipps, who finished second with a jump of 12.90m/42-04.00. Bright and Phipps were both coming off wins last weekend at the Jim Click Shootout, as Bright won the long jump with a personal-best mark of 6.31m/20-08.50 and Phipps captured the triple jump title with a personal-best of 13.18m/43-03.00.
Shankar finished off the sweep in the triple jump with a first-place mark of 15.88m/52-01.25 to win by more than 2 feet, while sophomore Devon Richardson placed third with a leap of 15.07m/49-05.50.
Alcine won the high jump by outdueling Texas Tech’s Jequan Hogan on misses. The senior did not have a miss until he couldn’t clear the bar on all three attempts at 2.15m.
In addition to the successful day in the field, the men’s and women’s relay teams also performed well against a strong field. The women’x 4×100 meter relay team of Wurrie Njadoe, Shalysa Wray, Bright and Kimisha Chambers started things off with a third-place finish with a time of 45.72 before Chambers and Wray joined O’shalia Johnson and Lauren Taubert to place third overall – second among collegians – in the women’s 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:38.19. The men’s 4×400 meter relay team of Tim Lambert, Jr., Justin Davis, Sean Wilson and Strange also finished third, including second among collegians, with a time of 3:11.02.
Big Day in the Women’s Hammer
Senior Helene Ingvaldsen led a 1-2-3 finish by Wildcat seniors in the women’s hammer at the Michael Johnson Invitational on April 16. She was followed by Shaelyn Ward, who finished second with a mark of 61.65m/202-3.25, while Ashley Petr completed 1-2-3 performance by the Wildcats with a personal-best toss of 59.49m/195-02.25 to place third and continue the ninth-best mark in school history.
Ingvaldsen’s winning throw of 65.71m/215-07 on her final attempt eclipsed the mark of former Wildcat Sara Saratovic, who set the previous record at the Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium of 63.21m/207-4 on April 3, 2015.
She threw better than 62 meters in all six attempts in the hammer.
Ingvaldsen and Ward were the only participants to throw better than 60 meters or 200 feet.
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The Wildcats will travel to College Station, Texas on Saturday, May 1 for the Texas A&M Alumni Muster.

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