We don't usually drift completely away from sports here, but sometimes something is of so great effect we have to. Such is the case today, because it's a really sad morning here at BotC World Headquarters where the soundtrack all night long has been David Bowie. The legendary genre-bending artist passed away last night at the age of 69, just days after releasing his latest (and now final) studio album, Blackstar. Bowie was diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago, but that news had been kept effectively under wraps.
Bowie may be off the radar for younger readers; he hasn't really had a hit in ages, and hasn't cared either. He's been able to do what he wants and work with anyone he wants for longer than some of you have been breathing. But his influence over music over the last four decades is inescapable and indisputable. He single-handedly created multiple musical sub-genres, and was an instrumental influence on several others. Even his recent releases broke new ground. He'll be sorely missed, and you should feel free to discuss this from the jump this morning if you feel the need.
There was a basketball game. It was bad. Eric has your recap, and Jeff has your visual box score. Let us speak no more of it, although we'll have to let you know what some other people had to say here in a second.
There was a football game Saturday, and now there's exactly one football team which has won five straight national championships. North Dakota State jumped out to a 24-0 lead over Jacksonville State and really never looked back, posting a 37-10 win in Frisco, Texas.
There was another football game Saturday, and as a result the Chiefs no longer have a playoff losing streak.
There's also a football game tonight. We'll have more on that one for you later today.
The women also lost by ten points at Oklahoma on Sunday, making it a completely miserable weekend. Neither Wildcat squad has won a Big 12 game yet, and January is getting longer and longer every half-week. Breanna Lewis had 20 points for the Cats, but couldn't get enough help. Wednesday, the Cats host Oklahoma State.
The Wildcat Invitational was Saturday at Ahearn, and K-State did fairly well. The fourth-ranked women actually lost head-to-head (and badly) to Wichita State, but defeated Nebraska-Omaha and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The men came away with wins over both the Shockers and UAPB; the Omaha men were not involved in team scoring against the Wildcats.
Akela Jones led the way for the Wildcat women, taking first place in the 60m hurdles with an Ahearn record 8.17 seconds, and also won the high jump as well as being part of the winning 4x400 relay. A'Keyla Mitchell won the 300m, setting an Ahearn record at 37.72 -- which beat the record set by Tia' Gamble just last month by over a second and a half. Morgan Wedekind won the mile, Sonia Gaskin won the 600m, Keiteyana Parks won the 200, and Gamble won the 400m.
As for the men, Lukas Koch took home first place in the mile, Javon Robinson won the 600m, Kain Ellis claimed the 1000m, Terrell Smith won the 60m, Devie Freeman won the 200m, Miles Bearden took the high jump, Zach Supple the pole vault, and Brett Neelly claimed the shot put title.
The track team will be back in action Friday at the KSU-KU-WSU Showdown in Lawrence.