K-State Track: Wildcats Split Up to Invade Albuquerque, Lincoln

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The Wildcats have a pair of two-day meets this weekend, and they'll have to divide and conquer.

The Cats will split into two groups this weekend, with a few heading to Lincoln for the Sevigne Husker Invitational at the Bob Devaney Sports Center while the bulk of the contingent travel to the Albuquerque Convention Center for the New Mexico Collegiate Classic. Both events are two-day affairs.

In Lincoln, K-State's Division I opposition will include Arkansas State, Auburn, Cal State-Fullerton, Central Florida, Colorado State, Drake, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Maryland, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Saint Louis, Southern California, Texas-Arlington, and Wyoming. They'll be joined by a host of D2 teams including Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Lincoln, Nebraska-Kearney, Northwest Missouri State, Pittsburg State, Sioux Falls, Southwest Baptist, and Wayne State, as well as several NAIA and JC teams from Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa, plus the usual scattering of unaffiliated athletes getting in training competition.

The Wildcat distance runners, plus the men's weight throw group, will head to Lincoln; the schedule and Friday and Saturday heat sheets are available from the Nebraska Athletics website..

The chances for a big team performance in Lincoln are slim, as it's a large field and the vast majority of the team's best athletes will be in Albuquerque. The Wildcats will face off against a field including Arkansas, Long Beach State, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Rice, Texas, Texas Tech, and Washington. D2 teams from Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas will also be in the field along with a couple of New Mexico JUCOs and a Canadian team from the University of Alberta.

Basically, everyone who's not in Lincoln will be in Albuquerque; you can check the official heat sheets and schedule (PDF!) for further information.

Notably, the New Mexico Collegiate Classic will not include the heptathlon or pentathlon; while those events will be held in Lincoln, Devin Dick and Erica Twiss will not be competing in them because they'll be in Albuquerque competing in their individual events (and, in the case of Twiss, joining her 4x400 relay-mates). The visit to Albuquerque is important for the highest-ranked Wildcat athletes; it'll be the site of the NCAA Indoor championships, so getting a weekend in ahead of time will be crucial.

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