Prior to about 8:45pm last night, the answer to the question “when was the last time a K-State team repeated as conference champions?” was 2002, when the K-State women won their second straight Big 12 outdoor track and field crown.
The answer is now “Sunday night”.
After building a huge lead — as usual — courtesy of field events, K-State got a few clutch performances, caught a couple of lucky breaks, and held off the annual late surge by the Texas sprinting corps to claim the 2018 championship, repeating their feat from 2017.
In a bit, Wildcat00 will be along with a detailed recap; the title is also the subject of today’s Sports Extra courtesy of Corbin McGuire.
Well, what do you know? After announcing his retirement last week, and after starting the Sunflower Showdown series off with a loss which ensured he really would be able to retire next Saturday, Brad Hill departed Tointon Family Stadium with a bang.
The BatCats followed up Saturday’s 1-0 win over Kansas with a thrilling 11th-inning walk-off win, a 7-6 victory over their arch-rivals. Hanz Harker’s bases-loaded single touched off a celebration to cap Hill’s final home game as Wildcat head coach. The Wildcats (20-30, 5-19 Big 12) had to come back twice; they fell behind 4-0 before rallying for four runs in the fourth to tie the game, and Kansas (23-27, 6-14 Big 12) scored in the top of the tenth before K-State tied things up again in the bottom half.
Next up is a one-game stop at Wichita State on Tuesday, followed by a Thursday-Saturday set on the west coast against San Francisco to close the season... and Hill’s ledger.
Matt Galloway of the Capital-Journal has more on Hill’s farewell to Tointon.
A short recruiting note: per Nikki Chavanelle of the Arkansas Rivals site Hawgbert, three-star CB Markel Reed from Temple, Tex., has narrowed his list to four. Obviously given the source, Arkansas is one of those four; just as obviously given our concern here, K-State is as well. Reed is also considering SMU and Texas Tech.
Although only one K-State boat actually managed a podium finish on Sunday at the Big 12 Rowing Championships on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn., the team as a whole managed to claim fourth place overall with 31 points. Texas, which won all five races on the day, won the title with 48 points, followed by Oklahoma with 38 and Tennessee with 37. Alabama was fifth with 23 points, Kansas had 21, Old Dominion 10, and West Virginia rounded out the field with 8.
The podium finish was a third-place showing by the 2v8 crew. The 1v8 took fourth, and all the other boats took fifth. Most importantly, in all five races K-State finished ahead of Kansas, so there’s that.
A reminder that today, Jeremy Gandon’s quest for a berth in the NCAA golf finals gets underway in Stockton, Calif.