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SLATE: Kansas State, as usual, crushes the Wildcat Invitational

Plus the weekend roundup, such as it is.

You’ll never guess who won the high jump.
Tejaswin Shankar did NOT win the high jump.
Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

This weekend was very, very slow indeed; with the women’s basketball team on pause (and with no hope of retaking the court until January 17 at the earliest), the schedule was so light that you’ve already read our coverage of one of this weekend’s two events.

We won’t talk about that one.

We’ll get to the other event in a moment, but first we’ll direct you to last night’s article by Drew Schneider, cleverly titled “Maximus Edwards Commits!” Wonder what that’s all about.

We’ll also shoot out outside our safe and comfortable bunker for a moment, sending you to the Mercury for Tyler Kraft’s piece on the difference between last year’s 5-4 women’s basketball team and this year’s 5-4 team.

Done? Back? Good.

On Saturday, Kansas State’s indoor track squads earned 14 titles at the 2020 Wildcat Invitational. As noted in the lead image, Tejaswin Shankar did not win the high jump. That’s because he didn’t even enter; however, he still snagged a win and a personal best as he blazed through the 60m hurdles in 8.16 seconds. Other Wildcat winners: Maddie Righter (women’s high jump), Taylor Latimer (women’s weight throw), Jaycee Schroeder (women’s shot), Devon Richardson (men’s high jump), Colin Echols (men’s weight throw), Anigbata Chinonyelum (women’s long jump), Vitoria Alves (women’s 60m hurdles, posting the second-best time in school history to Akela Jones’s 8.00 even back in 2016), Taishia Pryce (women’s 300m), Kyle Gale (men’s 300m, in a meet record 34.32 seconds), Kassidy Johnson (women’s 800m), Sydney Burton (women’s 1k), Will Carroll (men’s 1k), and the men’s 4x400 team of nobody knows because even K-State Sports Information didn’t care to include anyone other than mentioning Gale ran... one leg. Didn’t even mention which leg it was.

All this should, as always, be taken with a grain of salt; K-State does not normally invite giant killer programs to its invitational, and this year is no exception. In dual scoring, K-State defeated Iowa State 65-16, North Texas 55-51, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 61-50, and Langston 66-21. The women defeated UAPB 70-51, the Clones 66-38, and Langston 71-31, but fell to North Texas by a single point, 64-63.

Next week, the squad will remain home as this year they’re the hosts of the annual KU-KSU-WSU Triangular, which will take place on Saturday at Ahearn.

Our final bit of news is of the announcement variety. The tennis team will be in Arlington from today until Wednesday for three neutral site matches in three days at the Big 12/Pac 12 Dual. Their opponents for the three-day event are Kansas, Texas Tech, and Utah.