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More TrackCats qualify for NCAAs

Meanwhile, DaJuan Gordon will compete for a spot on the U19 World Cup team.

Track and Field: NCAA Championships Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Football

No, your eyes have not betrayed you. This morning’s post on BotC is indeed the return of BracketCat’s Football Roster Countdown. We begin with #99 defensive tackle Trey Dishon and #98 defensive tackle Cooper Beebe.

In other football news, as noted in a previous Slate, Isaiah Zuber has entered the transfer portal. This is not particularly good news for Kansas State, as he was the only receiver with significant game experience on the roster. Coupled with the indefinite suspension of Hunter Rison, this leaves several open questions at that spot. In his weekly K-State Q&A, Kellis Robinett attempts to answer some of those questions.

Here’s a bit of non-Kansas State news to ponder this weekend. Art Briles will be the new head coach at Mount Vernon High School in Texas. The decision to hire Briles has been controversial to say the least.

Basketball

Kansas State freshman DaJuan Gordon has been invited to a training camp to select players for the USA U19 World Cup team, a squad that will be coached by Bruce Weber. That should make for some interesting press, if nothing else.

Track

Competition continues for Kansas State at the NCAA West Preliminaries in Sacramento, California as more athletes vie for a chance to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

On the first day, Jullane Walker (men’s long jump) punched his ticket to the NCAAs, as did Helene Ingvaldsen (women’s hammer throw). Yesterday, they were joined by three teammates, as Ranae McKenzie (women’s 400H), Brett Neelly (men’s discus) and Ashley Petr (women’s discus) all qualified for the NCAAs.

McKenzie ran the second-fastest race of her collegiate career to finish first in the standings with a time of 56.24. This is her fourth time qualifying for nationals. Neelly had a tougher time in the discus event, scratching on his first attempt and falling well short on his second. But on the third attempt, he made a monster throw of 554.9m to end up in ninth place. Petr, competing for her first shot at the NCAAs, also struggled a bit. She finally qualified with the second-best effort of her career, hitting 56.07m on her third and final attempt.

Neelly will be back in competition today in the shot put, along with seven other teammates trying to qualify for the NCAAs.

Have a great weekend!