In case you missed it, Gracey Terrill posted the link to her weekly spot on ESPN Radio Emporia 99.5 for your listening pleasure.
Since this is big news, we’ll give APR it’s own headline today. Led by Big 12-leading 4-year scores from the men’s golf team and the women’s cross country team (perfect 1,000’s no less), all of K-State’s teams met and exceeded the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate multi-year standard for the sixth straight year. While many teams were at or near the top of the Big 12 in the multi-year grade, a total of six programs recorded perfect current year marks as the men’s golf, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s tennis and women’s track and field teams had perfect 1,000 marks. K-State football notched an impressive 975 on the multi-year, coming in second in the Big 12 to Texas (Robinett, Eagle). However, baseball (947), men’s basketball (965), men’s cross country (958) and men’s track and field (957) all ranked in the bottom-half of the Big 12, with the baseball team ranking last in their sport.
Speaking of golf, the women’s golf team wrapped up NCAA Regional action yesterday. The Cats, led by an individual 4-over 220 19th place finish from senior Paige Nelson, finished 13th in the Athens Regional and will not move on to the next round of the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats finished the year in an NCAA Regional for the fifth time in program history and first since 2004.
Kellis Robinett at the Wichita Eagle talked with Bruce Weber and got Weber’s thoughts on recruiting to K-State. He’s basically working with Bill Snyder’s philosophy, recruiting kids with some talent that are willing to work hard, and not focusing on the high-ranked recruits.
A former KU basketball player had some praise for the K-State basketball fans, specifically the students. Kelly Oubre, currently playing for the NBA’s Washington Wizards, was asked about getting booed by Boston fans during the playoffs, and said they would be nothing like what he heard when he played inside Bramlage Coliseum (Pete Grahoff, KC Star). Wanting him dead might be a little strong, but it is certain that K-State fans strongly dislike the birds from Lawrence.
Track & Field
#HighJumpU is at it again. Following an impressive victory at the Ward Haylett Invitational, K-State junior Miles Bearden was named Big 12 Athlete of the Week as announced by the Big 12 conference office on Wednesday. Bearden cleared 2.15m/7-00.50 to win the men’s high jump to become the ninth male in program history to win the weekly award in the Big 12 era, and the first since Christoff Bryan won it in May 2016.
John Zetmeir at the New-Press Now in St. Joseph, Mo. has a profile on K-State middle-distance runner, and former Benton, Mo. standout, Kain Ellis. Ellis, now a senior for the Wildcats, struggled early in his K-State career making the transition to D-1 track, but has pushed himself to become one of the best in the Big 12, finishing 3rd in the 800-meter last year in the Big 12 Indoor Championship, and 2nd in the 1,000-meter earlier this year.