K-Staters win multiple titles in track and field at Big 12 Championship

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Senior Dani Winters is all smiles after winning the shot put title at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship. (Photo: @KStateTFXC)

The Kansas State University track and field team finished strong at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship in May at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex in Fort Worth, Texas. Wildcat student-athletes brought home five titles and are set to turn in another strong performance at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in June. 

“Of the 50 athletes that we brought, 39 of them scored, which is really good,” head coach Cliff Rovelto said May 15, the final day of the competition. “The men clearly maxed out in their events. They had a really, really good meet. The women had a lot of phenomenal marks today as well. We had a lot of athletes far surpass our expectations. We had a lot of people step up and compete. I am really happy for everyone because they really did a great job this weekend.”

Seniors Akela Jones and Dani Winters stole the show for Kansas State on the second day of competition, as both won the Big 12 title in their respective events. 

Jones dominated the long jump, winning the event with a personal best mark of 6.75m/22-01.75 (1.8). Her mark set a new Big 12 meet record, Barbados national record and the school record, which she previously held after jumping 6.60m/21-07.75 (1.2) at the Pan American Games in 2015. 

Winters won her second-consecutive outdoor shot put title with a throw of 17.39m/57-00.75. In what is probably the strongest field of shot putters in the country, the senior recorded her winning mark on her second attempt en route to claiming the title.  

Kimberly Williamson, Rhizlane Siba and Shanae McKenzie pose after scoring first, second and fifth in the women’s high jump at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship. (Photo: @KStateTFXC)
On the final day of competition, three student-athletes won individual titles in the women’s discus, high jump and triple jump.

Freshman Shadae Lawrence got the Wildcats off to a fast start in discus, using a huge personal best toss of 58.84m/193-00 to win the first conference title of her career. The title is the first won by a Wildcat since 1999 when Renetta Seiler '00 won the event with a throw of 62.35m/204-07.

In the next event of the day, junior Kimberly Williamson won K-State’s second title in as many events, winning the women’s high jump for the second year in a row with a jump of 1.87m/6-01.50, a new season best. Williamson won the event last year by jumping the same height.

Shadae’s twin sister, Shardia Lawrence, would add a title of her own later in the afternoon, claiming the triple jump crown with a personal best leap of 13.19m/43-03.25. 

For the latest on K-State track and field, follow @kstatesports and @KStateTFXC on Twitter. Read more about K-State track and field stars Akela Jones and Dani Winters in the summer 2016 issue of the K-Stater magazine. 

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