Kansas Jayhawks

McKenzie Wilks

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


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.