And so ended the 2013-14 season for Kansas State, a year in which the Wildcats won nothing but set themselves up for big things later. We now turn ourselves to the dismal misery of late June and July before August rolls around and we finally start having things to cover again. The circle of life, it is.
Saturday, Derek took step two on his backward preview of the 2014 season with his look at the mighty Kansas Jayhawks, a team so awesome that when their former starting quarterback can't keep his job and stomps off in a huff, he's able to get an offer from the several-time National Champion University of Miami Hurricanes.
And don't miss our continuing World Cup coverage, which has the distinction of being the only thing I've ever done on this site that has fans from other schools bugging me to ask when I'll have the next day's post up.
As reported by himself via Twitter, Adam Holtorf -- to my recollection the only recruit ever interviewed by Bring on the Cats -- has offered his verbal commitment to K-State, and we'll just assume it's because TB's just that awesome. Zero-Zero has all the info.
Although the department makes things sound a lot better than they were, there's still no argument: K-State had a fine weekend in Eugene at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Seven Wildcats finished in the points, and thus earned first-team All-America honors: Sara Savatovic (7th, women's hammer), Alyx Treasure (t-2nd, women's high jump), the women's 4x400 team of Sonia Gaskin, Tia Gamble, Merryl Mbeng, and Erica Twiss (8th), and Devin Field (6th, men's long jump AND 2nd, men's triple jump). Gaskin also received first-team honors in the 800m (7th). Field was single-handedly responsible for the K-State men finishing tied for 20th at the meet, while Savatovic, Treasure, and the relay team combined to place the lady Wildcats in a tie for 19th.
In addition, several Wildcats garnered second-team All-American honors: Ryan Hershberger in the men's shot, Twiss in the women's long jump, Reinis Kregers in the decathlon, and Ivan Hartung in the men's javelin.
Former Wildcat Robert Streb has a new trophy after winning the Watson Challenge at Loch Lloyd over the weekend, beating... umm, Tom Watson... by five strokes.
For the second year in a row, K-State senior Kyle Weldon has qualified for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, to be held July 14-19 in Newton. At last year's event, Weldon shot a 141 to qualify for match play ranked 21st out of 64 and won his first head-to-head match, but bowed out in the round of 32. We'll see if he can't improve on that this year.
K-StateHD.tv took home seven honors (though none were actual award wins at the 2014 SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards Banquet. Despite no wins, it was still the best showing in the Big 12, so big congratulations to Brian Smoller and his staff.