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Kansas State sophomore Lauren Taubert had an impressive weekend at the Big XII Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Waco, Texas.

Taubert, a graduate of Natrona County High School, finished sixth in the 400-meter hurdles, setting a personal record with a time of 58.52 seconds. She also ran a leg on the Wildcats’’ fifth-place 4x400 relay team.

Most impressively, Taubert finished fourth in the heptathlon, setting another personal mark with 5,491 points.

Taubert helped Kansas State win its second consecutive Big XII Championship as the Wildcats finished with 135 points, with runner-up Texas finishing with 131.

In the heptathlon, Taubert won the 800 with a time of 2:18.91, finished second in the 200 (24.51) and the shot put (36 feet, 11 inches), was third in the 100 hurdles (13.76) and the high jump (5-05.75), and placed fourth in the long jump (18-03.75) and the javelin (111-11).

Taubert, the 2016 Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year for Wyoming, was a three-time state champion for the Fillies in both the 300 hurdles and the high jump as well as winning a state title in the 100 hurdles. She set the state record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.21 seconds and still holds the Class 4A mark in the high jump with a leap of 5-08.

During the indoor season, Taubert placed third in the Big XII Championship with a season-best 3,967 points. At last year’s outdoor conference championship she finished sixth with a then-best 5,115 points.

Taubert will likely compete in the NCAA West Preliminary on May 24-26 in Sacramento, California.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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