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Track Records and Baseball Honors

And I think our athletic department is lying to someone about attendance...

Since it's a track day, here's a picture of Aklea Jones flying through the air.
Since it's a track day, here's a picture of Aklea Jones flying through the air.
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Just a heads-up, this afternoon will see the long- and eagerly-awaited EXPANSIONPALOOZA piece on Mizzou. Whee!

The NCAA Championship began yesterday in Eugene, OR, and freshman shot-putter Brett Neelly started the event strong for the Wildcats. Neelly threw for a personal record in the event, which was enough for him to make the finals, earn K-State a scoring point, and earn himself First Team All-American honors with an 8th-place finish. Congrats Brett! Wildcats Sara Savatovic and Janee' Kassanavoid will compete in the women’s hammer throw later today.

Another bright spot on an otherwise bland season for K-State Baseball, as freshman Josh Rolette was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. The native of Shawnee, OK adds this honor to his Big 12 All-Freshman team and All-Big 12 honorable mention nods from earlier this may. Rolette will be one of the key returning pieces for Brad Hill in 2017, and will look to take over the starting catcher role from Tyler Moore who graduated at the end of 2016.

Somehow, someway, K-State managed to rank 32nd in the country in men's basketball average attendance in 2015-16. According to K-State, the team averaged nearly 12,000 per game last season.

In fun, random K-State news, a group that includes a pair of associate professors in the K-State physics department have patented a new class of lasers. Pretty cool stuff, if you're in the "laser beams".