Let’s just rip the Band-Aid right off.
The football news is not good. Wide receiver Hunter Rison was arrested Friday afternoon on domestic battery charges. This morning, Chris Klieman announced that Rison has been indefinitely suspended from the team for alleged violation of team and departmental policy. Although Klieman did not mention the arrest, he did add:
Our program will be one that is built on hard work and integrity and doing things the right way. We have extremely high expectations for our players on and off the field.
This is an unfortunate turn of events for the team and for Rison, who Klieman recently described as having “a world of ability.”
In baseball, the BatCats came crashing back down to earth too, losing an 8-1 contest to TCU. The Horned Frogs, looking to even the series, had a six-run third inning and a complete game from starting pitcher Charles King.
Although the Wildcats did get a lead-off homer from Cameron Thompson and managed six other hits, it was not enough on a day when TCU scored all eight of its run in just the first three innings.
The series concludes with the deciding game today at Tointon at 4 PM. Live coverage is available on ESPN3.
The tennis team did not fare much better. Playing No. 2 Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships, Kansas State never managed to put on a real challenge and was swept 4-0.
The Wildcats finished the regular season with a 13-11 record, but only 2-7 in the Big 12.
The track teams did provide some hope this weekend. On the first day of competition at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, the Wildcats scored two event wins along with a number of personal bests and Kansas State top-10 marks.
In the women’s hammer throw, Shaelyn Ward and Ashley Petr went 1-and-2 while also setting new personal best marks. Ward and Petr had the ninth- (60.0m) and tenth- (58.51m) best marks in school history.
On the men’s side, Ethan Powell went wire-to-wire in the 5000m race, taking the win with a time of 14:45.78. Teammate Joe Gorthy finished fifth in the race.
Other top-10 finishes for Kansas State included Hannah Buller (women’s pole vault), Logan Wolfley (men’s javelin), and Colin Echols (men’s hammer throw).
Competition continues today with the men’s discus, currently underway.
The men’s golf team is also in action this weekend at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City. They’ll look to build on a strong spring season so far, including four straight top-three finishes. Action is already underway, and through the first three holes, the Wildcats are currently at even par, but also tied for 8th place. That’s almost last, for what it’s worth.