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Okorie wins US title in heptathlon

15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 - Day Two
Just pretend this is a picture of Ariel Okorie. (It’s actually a picture of Akela Jones).
Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF

Let’s get this weekend rolling, shall we?

Previously at BotC, Jon Morse recapped the 1923-24 season of KSAC athletics, which included a miraculous last-minute comeback in football against Iowa State in Ames, proving that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Also, BracketCat’s football roster countdown moves inexorably towards kickoff, and features a player familiar to us all: #71, Dalton Risner.

Speaking of football, the entire sordid Corey Sutton saga has now reached its logical conclusion. Yesterday, Sutton announced via Twitter that he will be playing football at Appalachian State after sitting out the 2017 season.

Former Wildcat Brandon Banks is making it in Canada with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He’s already fifth on the league’s all-time touchdown returns list, and is on pace to have a historic career.

There’s some sad news from our cousins down the Kaw this weekend. Former KU lineman and actor Keith Loneker, Sr. lost his battle with cancer on Thursday at the age of just 46. He was fondly remembered by many, including current K-State lineman Scott Frantz who wears #74 in Loneker’s honor.

Kansas State track athletes are still at it this summer. At the US Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championship, Ariel Okorie won the heptathlon event yesterday with 5,266 points. She finished no worse than third in six of the seven events, and took first in high jump and long jump. Teammate Lauren Taubert finished fifth.

At the Jamaican National Championships, current NCAA discus champion Shadae Lawrence saw the Jamaican national record she set during the Big 12 Championships fall to ultimate winner Kellion Knibb. Lawrence finished fourth in the standings.

Happy gorgeous summer day!