Saturday was very kind to the Kansas State Wildcats, with head-to-head wins for four sports and a strong showing from the women at the Big 12 Indoor (track and field) Championship.
The No. 21 K-State men (21-6, 11-3 Big 12) blew the doors off the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 85-46, to keep sole possession of first place in the Big 12 standings, as reported by the athletic department, Kellis Robinett at the Wichita Eagle, Grant Guggisberg at the Topeka Capital-Journal, and Ryan Black at the Manhattan Mercury.
Our old pal Greg Woods reports for the Mercury that Xavier Sneed tied for the lead among all scorers yesterday despite dealing with a stomach virus.
At the Kansas City Star, Sam Mellinger gets into Bruce Weber’s coupon-clipping ways. How does that come up? Well, Weber gets a lot happier reaction from fans while he’s grocery shopping now than a few years ago.
And Robinett has the story on the player of the game, Austin Trice, and other postgame notes for the Eagle.
Not to be outdone on the hardwood, the MittieCats went on the road to Ft. Worth and picked up a bunch of “notables” in the Wildcats 75-72 victory over the Horned Frogs, the 550th of Jeff Mittie’s career. The Wildcats lead early, but needed a second-half rally to earn the big road victory. The Cats have now won four straight Big 12 road games for the first time since the 2007-08 season and the win also ends a three-game losing streak for K-State against TCU.
Track and Field
The Wildcat women ended day one of the Big 12 Indoor Championships in first place, but could not hang on to the lead after the races got underway, and ended up finishing in third place behind Texas and Texas Tech overall. The Wildcat women had two individual champs, Shardia Lawrence in the triple jump and Helene Ingvaldsen in the weight throw. Over on the men’s side, the Wildcats managed to finish 8th (out of 9), but star high jumper Tejaswin Shankar won his first indoor title, tying his Indian National Record of 2.28m/7-05.75 to win the event.
The Wildcats California trip continued with a contest against Utah on the second day of the Tony Gwynn classic, and the BatCats got 7 good innings out of starting pitcher Jordan Wicks and a two-run homer from Caleb Littlejim to pick up the 6-4 victory Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats improve to 3-4 on the young season, and face host San Diego State this afternoon on the final day of the Classic.
In yet another Wildcat victory (that four if you’re counting), K-State tennis ran their match win streak to four with a 4-0 sweep of Cincinnati Saturday afternoon from the Body First Indoor Center in Manhattan. The day was originally scheduled to be a doubleheader with UMKC but, due to inclement weather, the match was postponed, and a makeup date has yet to be set
After the first two rounds at the Seminole Invitational in Tallahassee, FL, the Wildcats men’s gold team are in fifth place headed into Sunday’s final rounds. The Cats are at -3 as a team, and are a spot ahead of host Florida State. As of this writing, the Wildcats are still in fifth, but are now at -5 as a team.