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K-State Slate: 5.5.14

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The Wildcats came five seconds from what might have been the school's only conference title of the year.

So even though he went to Arizona, he's family, right?
So even though he went to Arizona, he's family, right?
Jim Rogash

Kevin Haskin peers into the mind of Jake Waters.

Jake Trotter continues his spring rankings of Big 12 position groups with special teams. So far, except for running back, Trotter's had K-State in the top three across the board.

A Boston blog says some nice things about Glenn Gronkowski in the middle of taking vaguely veiled shots at his big bro for having fun in Manhattan at the spring game instead of, I dunno, spending 24/7 doing leg presses.

Galling: former Wildcat kicker Steve Willis -- a member of the first bowl team in K-State history -- let his son Ryan, a three-star from Bishop Miege, become the first signing of KU's 2015 recruiting class. SMH.

It's officially on fire. A Friday shutout brought the Cats down to .500, a close loss Saturday sent them under, and then the bullpen ran the white flag up the pole Sunday, and the BatCats suffered the indignity of calling it a day early thanks to the mercy rule.

Meanwhile, on Saturday in Savannah, former Cat Jared King proposed to his girlfriend on the field after she threw out the first pitch before the Mets' low-A affiliate's game against the Rome Braves.

She said yes.

SO close. The Wildcat rowers took second place in both First and Second Varsity Eights at the Big 12 championships. The problem: Oklahoma won both races, giving the Sooners the conference title. Reverse either result, and K-State wins the title; instead, they had to settle for second. That's a far cry from last year's performance, where the Cats finished dead last. (This year, that honor went to West Virginia, who finished last in all six races.) Two weeks from now, the ladies will have another shot at a conference title as they compete in the Conference USA championship.

I don't like criticizing the sports information department, because they're part of our family and all that. But the writeup of this weekend's Ward Haylett Invitational focused solely on the individual performances of the Wildcat track team and utterly ignored the team performances. In the dual-scored meet against Wichita State, Kansas, and Air Force, K-State and Air Force basically finished LAST, getting beaten by both Wichita State and Kansas on both the men's and women's sides. K-State's only win in six dual-scored contests was the women's win over Air Force.

The purpose of the sports information department is to promote the program, and as such I don't usually get too bent out of shape about slanted coverage. They're not a news organization, they're a publicity organization. But when you're competing in a scored event, the small matter of who won and who lost is part of the required information. Burying it doesn't serve the program.

All that said: it was an impressive array of performances, especially on the women's side where the Wildcats were, after all, up against the defending NCAA champions. K-State scored twelve individual event wins courtesy of Carlos Rodriguez (men's 100m), Erica Twiss (women's 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles), the men's 4x100 relay (Magnus Scott, Rodriguez, Christopher Campbell, and Dane Steen) and women's 4x100 (Twiss, Tia Gamble, Jordan Matthews, and Angela Hart) and 4x400 (Sonia Gaskin, Gamble, Matthews, and Sarah Kolmer) relays, Zach Riley (men's high jump), Alyx Treasure (women's high jump), Kyle Wait (men's pole vault), Ryan Hershberger (men's shot), Sara Savatovic (women's hammer), Ivan Hartung (men's javelin), and Danie Plank (women's javelin).

Treasure got a shout-out in her hometown paper, the Prince George (B.C.) Citizen, for her performance.