Wildcats hit the road for KSU-KU-WSU showdown

MANHATTAN, Kansas – After hosting its first three meets of the indoor season, the Kansas State track and field team will hit the road for the first time as it travels to Lawrence, Kansas, to compete in the KSU-KU-WSU Showdown on Friday.

Field events at the meet are slated to begin at 3 p.m. CT, followed by track events, which are set to begin at 5 p.m. CT.

The Showdown will be the second running of the event between the three programs, the first coming last season where the Wildcats dominated both the Shockers and Jayhawks, scoring a total of 261 points en route to a meet win. Senior Akela Jones also won high-point scorer of the meet after she finished with 20 points.

The tradition started with an annual Triangular between K-State, Kansas and Missouri from 1989-2006. Over that span, the Wildcats had won eight-straight meets before the event was discontinued in 2006 and 15 of the 17 meets overall in the series.

K-State is coming off of another impressive showing after last weekend’s Wildcat Invitational. The Wildcats combined for 17 first-place finishes and saw two facility records broken during the meet.

Jones recorded two of those first-place finishes, setting a personal best in the high jump (1.87m/6-01.50) and falling just short of her personal best in the 60 meter hurdles (8.17). Sophomore A’Keyla Mitchell set a new meet, facility and school record in the meet in the 300 meter dash with a mark of 37.72.

The men also had an impressive outing at the Wildcat Invitational. Freshman Devie Freeman and sophomore Terrell Smith finished first in their respective events, while distance runners Lukas Koch (mile run) and Javon Patterson (600 yard run) also recorded first-place finishes.

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