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Slate: Track heads to Lawrence

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Plus, women’s basketball tries to rebound in Lawrence, men’s basketball tries to show a pulse and a fun Darren Sproles story.

Tejaswin Shankar is one of five Wildcats atop the Big 12 leaderboards heading into the title meet. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Track and Field

After a couple of home meets to start off the indoor portion of the season, the K-State will have the misfortune of traveling east for the Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence starting today and extending into tomorrow. K-State will face the host Jayhawks and Wichita State in a rematch from the Triangular last week (one that the Wildcats won).

K-State has gotten off to a strong start so far this season with seven different athletes ranking in the top 15 in their events led by senior Tejaswin Shankar who has the top high jump mark in the country and the fourth-best triple jump. Along with Shankar, freshman Kyle Gale is ranked fourth in the 400, junior Anigbata Grace Chinonyelum is ranked third in the triple jump, junior Chantoba Bright is sixth in the triple jump, Colin Echols is ninth in the weight throw, Vitoria Alves is fourth in the 60-meter hurdles and Kassidy Johnson is 14 in the 800.

You can follow the results from the meet by clicking right here.

Football’

K-State Sports Extra’s Austin Siegel wrote an excellent story about Darren Sproles’ recent induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Women’s Basketball

The K-State women (5-5, 0-3) were off for almost a month and came back earlier this week and nearly pulled off a big win over a good 11-2 West Virginia team. Unfortunately, things got incredibly rocky down the stretch and the Lady Cats blew a double-digit lead with just minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Now, K-State faces the first Sunflower Showdown matchup of the season in Lawrence on Saturday afternoon. K-State has won three-straight in the series and has not lost in Allen Field House since the 2012-13 season meaning head coach Jeff Mitte is undefeated in that building during his time at K-State.

The game will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and will tip at 4 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

K-State (5-10, 1-6) will attempt to snap a five-game losing streak on Saturday when they host West Virginia (9-4, 2-3) at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.