Sunflower Triangular to be streamed live on ESPN+
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The fifth installment of the Sunflower Triangular in which the Kansas track & field team will play host to in-state rivals Kansas State and Wichita State at Anschutz Sports Pavilion on January 18, will be streamed live on ESPN+.
Field events for the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. with the women’s weight throw and the women’s long jump, but live coverage will begin when track events begin at 5 p.m. CST on ESPN+, ESPN’s streaming service that gives users a more convenient way to access ESPN content and live programming through the ESPN app.
“This meet is always an exciting one,” head coach Stanley Redwine said. “Now that it will be available for people to see even if they aren’t able to make it to Anschutz adds that much more excitement. This is a great way for the families of our student-athletes – and even those families of the K-State and Wichita State athletes – who aren’t able to travel to every meet to still be able to watch their kids compete.”
The live broadcast will feature analysts Dave Stewart and recent KU track & field alum Taryn Tempel, as well as Caroline Wright as a field reporter. The trio will provide viewers with updates on all of the 31 events scheduled to take place inside Anschutz Sports Pavilion.
ESPN+ has allowed Kansas Athletics to reach over 100 million households in the United States, including 260 million people. For a small monthly price ($4.99) or $50 for the year, fans can enjoy their Jayhawks at home, on the road or in the office – virtually anywhere you have access to internet and a streaming device.
The meet is sure to be an action-packed event for those viewing online or in person, as bragging rights are on the line for the three Division I track & field programs in the Sunflower State. Having won the Triangular title in 2016 and 2017, the Jayhawks will look to regain their place on the throne after falling to K-State by just four-and-a-half points in 2018, giving the Wildcats their first win in the meet since its inaugural event in 2015.
Scoring for the meet will count the top-two finishers from each school in each individual event (7-5-4-3-2-1), while the exciting mixed 4×400-meter relay, which includes teams of two men and two women alternating splits that will conclude the meet, will earn the winner seven points, second place five points, and four points will go to the third-place team. Last year marked the first year for the mixed 4×400-meter relay at the Sunflower Triangular, in which the Kansas quartet of Mariah Kuykendoll, Isaiah Cole, Nicole Montgomery and Ivan Henry took the top spot to set the meet record at 3:27.42.
Admission is free to fans that plan to watch the meet in-person, but the Kansas track & field team has asked the visiting teams to bring canned goods which will be donated to the “Just Foods” organization located in Lawrence, which is a food bank for families in need. The team would also like to ask fans to do the same as well, if possible.
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