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It's that time of year. Most of the realignment/expansion talk is real, and really exhausting. But it's worth discussing the occasional new wrinkle, and Tom Shatel offers his thoughts on a new plan where conferences would be structured differently for football and other collegiate sports. For example, football could be organized into regional super-conferences while basketball and other sports would be organized into traditional conferences keeping geography and historical affiliations in mind (Omaha World-Herald).
Kansas State lost to Oklahoma 10-1 yesterday in Norman to even the series at a game a piece. The BatCats gave up six runs in the fifth inning after also giving up early runs in the first three innings. Meanwhile, Oklahoma's starting ace Jake Irvin held the Wildcats to just one run over seven innings. His Kansas State counterpart, Levi MaVorhis, had a terrible outing, yielding six hits and three walks as well as four runs through four innings before he was pulled. This was his shortest game since March 6.
The rubber match will be played at 1 PM today. Senior Corey Fischer will take the mound for the Wildcats.
Madison Talley scored an even-par 216 over 54 holes to finish in a tie for 12th place at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. This was Talley's second consecutive appearance at a post-season tournament, and she finished just one shot back of the three lowest scores for players on teams not headed to the NCAA Championships. Talley managed a stroke average of 72.97 over all the events she played this year. She will return next year along with four other players from this year's squad.
In the final tune-up before the Big 12 Championships, a number of K-State track and field athletes put up excellent marks. Christoff Bryan, in his first outdoor event of the year, took first in high jump, while Kim Williamson was second in the women's high jump event, finishing behind former Wildcat Alyx Treasure, while Rhizlane Siba took third, effectively a 1-2-3 finish for High Jump U. In other field events, Zanri Van der Merwe won the women's long jump and Akela Jones took first in the women's shot put. Brady Grunder, the current NCAA indoor champ in the event, finished first in the men's hammer throw.
On the track, Keiteyana Parks won the 200m race, while Terrell Smith just barely missed first place in men's 100m dash. Ranae McKenzie finished just behind former Wildcat Erica Twiss in the 400m hurdles event, while Sonia Gaskin took second place in the 400m race.
Up next, the team will head to Fort Worth for the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.