Kansas Jayhawks

McKenzie Wilks

Position Distance
Height 5'7''
Class Sophomore
Hometown Pittsburg, Kan.
High School Pittsburg


2019 INDOOR (So.)
Did not compete.

2019 INDOOR (Fr.)
Made her indoor debut at the Jayhawk Classic (1/25-1/26) where she won the one-mile run (PM session) with a time of 5:02.90 … Ran a personal-best time in the one-mile run at the Power Five Invitational (2/1-2/2), clocking in with a time of 4:55.61 … Finished seventh in the one-mile run finals, clocking in with a time of 4:55.89 at the Big 12 Indoor Championship (2/22-2/23).

Finished third for the Jayhawks and third overall in her collegiate debut at the Bob Timmons Classic (9/1) with a time of 19:05.0 in the women’s 5K race … Placed third overall and finished second for the Jayhawks at the Rim Rock Classic (9/29), clocking in with a 6K time of 21:41.6 … Crossed the finish line third for the Jayhawks and 96th overall, finishing with a time of 21:46.04 at the Pre-National Invitational (10/13) … KU’s third finisher and the 20th overall finisher at the Big 12 Championship (10/26), clocking in with a time of 21:05.9 … Finished second for the Jayhawks at the NCAA Midwest Regional (11/9) with a 36th place finish overall with a time of 21:25.6.

Four-time letterwinner in both cross country and track & field at Pittsburg HS in Pittsburg, Kansas for head coach Gary Ausemus … Also won two letters in basketball … Helped her track & field team to four SEK Conference championships … Track & field team placed third at the Kansas high school state meet her final three years of high school … Broke school records in the 800-meter run, the 1,600-meter run, the 3,200-meter run and as a member of the 4×400 and 4×800-meter relay teams … 5A Kansas state record holder in the 1,600 meters (4:56.29) … Six-time 5A state track champion, winning the 800 meters in 2015, the 800 and 1,600 meters in 2017 and the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters in 2018 … Twelve-time All-State Track & Field honoree … 2018 Kansas Preps Track & Field Athlete of the Year … 2018 Joplin Globe Track Athlete of the Year … Academic All-State Cross Country honoree in 2017 … 2017 All-State Cross Country selection … Three-time state qualifier in cross country.

Daughter of Jon and Lori Wilks … Has one younger brother, Grant … Father, Jon, ran track & field and cross country at Missouri Souther State University in Joplin, Missouri … Plans to major in biology.