The past athletic year was special for Kansas State. In 2010-11, the Wildcats were one of just six schools nationally to have their football team make a bowl game, see both basketball teams make the NCAA Tournament, and have the baseball team make an NCAA Regional.
Also, when you add in the fact that the men’s and women’s track and field teams finished in the top 25, and the women’s tennis team made the NCAA Tournament, K-State was one of only three schools to accomplish this feat in the entire nation (Texas A&M, Florida State). The Wildcats also finished #1 in the Big 12 in graduation rate for the 4th consecutive year.
A Record Setting Year
Many records were broken in 2010-11, most notably Jacob Pullen finishing his career with 2,132 points in basketball. James Allen set the record for saves in a season with 17 and ended his career with 31 (which is also a record).
The women’s tennis team set multiple records, including highest ranking (31), most wins (16), as well as having the Big 12 Player of the Year in Petra Niedermayerova who was also the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
The track team also had two individual national champions in Erik Kynard and Ryann Krais. The equestrian team won the reserve national championship, and the debate team (who isn’t an athletic team) won a national title as well.
Building the Future
Renovations were a big part of 2010-11. Ground work has begun on the new Kansas State basketball training facility (which will be one of the nicest in the nation). The football stadium resurfaced the field, and will now have one of (if not the) nicest fields in the Big 12, as well as adding bathrooms to the upper deck of Bill Snyder Family Stadium. There is a plan to upgrade the press box as well, which will truly make going to a Kansas State football game an unforgettable experience.
Dominating the Jayhawks
The 2010-11 athletic year will likely be remembered for one thing above all. The Kansas State Wildcats absolutely dominated the Kansas Jayhawks in all sports. K-State owned KU in all sports, finishing with an overall 12-1 record against their in-state rival. Most notably a 59-7 victory in football, and a 84-65 win in men’s basketball, only two weeks after being beat by Kansas in Lawrence (the only victory KU had over K-State in 2010-11).