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SLATE: Wicks draft buzz, Goodwin named freshman All-American

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Plus news from the NCAA Track Championships and more.

Could Wicks get top-ten money?
Could Wicks get top-ten money?
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For the twelfth time ever, and for the third year in a row, Kansas State has a Collegiate Baseball freshman all-american. Yesterday, Nick Goodwin joined teammates Connor McCullough and Jordan Wicks as recipient of the honor.

Goodwin tailed off as the season wore on, but during the first couple of months of play he was the raging inferno which fueled the Wildcat offense. As late as mid-March he led K-State in almost every offensive category before Dylan Phillips and Zach Kokoska got warmed up.

Speaking of Wicks, the latest MLB.com mock draft by Jim Callis has Wicks going fifteenth overall to the Brewers, but suggests the Mariners might snag Wicks at twelve. The Marlins pick sixteenth, so it’s no surprise that Marlin Maniac writer Matt Melton chose to profile Wicks ahead of the draft.

Wicks was also named as one of K-State’s two nominees for Big 12 Sportsperson of the year, alongside basketball’s Ayoka Lee. Looking at the list of nominees, the men’s award is probably going to Sam Ehlinger or Cade Cunningham, because reasons; Lee, on the other hand, may have a legitimate shot to claim the women’s honor.

Track and Field

Two Wildcat men competed in yesterday’s events at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene. Logan Wolfley, Big 12 javelin champion, earned second-team All-American honors after posting a fifteenth-place finish; Jullane Walker finished eighteenth in the long jump to earn honorable mention.

Today, six K-State women will take center stage, four in event finals and two in qualifying heats. At 3:00, Helene Ingvaldsen and Shaelyn Ward compete in the hammer throw. Taishia Pryce goes for the long jump crown at 7:00, and Taylor Latimer tries her hand at shot put at 7:40. On the track, Wurrie Njadoe races in the 100m semifinals at 6:45 and Kimisha Chambers runs the 400m hurdles semis at 7:30. The action will air on ESPN+, although it’s worth a warning that the network coverage has been notorious for focusing on track events over the infield except for the high-profile field events (read: men’s high jump and long jump).

Football

Kevin Borba at Longhorns Wire picks six games he feels are critical to the 2021 Big 12 title race this year, and K-State’s involved in one of them on October 2 in Manhattan.

In yesterday’s countdown installment, BracketCat profiles #87, tight end/fullback Nick Lenners.


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