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Kansas State hired Iowa deputy athletic director Gene Taylor as its new athletic director on Friday, filling an opening left after John Currie left for Tennessee in February.

Taylor, 58, was hired at Iowa in 2014 following a 13-year stint as the athletic director at North Dakota State. He will formally be introduced at Kansas State on Monday.

While with the Bison, Taylor led the school through the move from Division II to Division I, also aiding in the formation of the Great West Football Conference — giving North Dakota State a home in Division I.

The Bison won five straight FCS football national championships beginning in 2011 and the school’s athletic department budget tripled from $5 million in his first year to $15 million under his watch.

After leaving North Dakota State for Iowa three years ago, Taylor was responsible for the athletic department’s day-to-day operations and was the primary decision maker in the absence of athletic director Gary Barta. Taylor also supervised the school’s capital projects and had oversight of the football and men’s and women’s basketball programs, while also serving as the supervisor for eight other sports.

Track and field

Wal Khat, a transfer from North Iowa Area Community College, signed a national letter of intent Thursday to run cross country and track and field at the University of Northern Iowa.

Khat, who was named the NJCAA Midwest Region indoor track athlete of the year, became the first NIACC male athlete to claim a national track and field title with his victory in the 800-meter run in a school record time of 1:51.78 at the NJCAA national indoor meet in March.

He also placed 17th at the NJCAA national cross country meet in November 2016.


Wolf Creek Rugby Club improved to 5-0-1 and clinched a state playoff berth with two wins Friday.

Wolf Creek defeated Osage 49-0 in its first game, then overcame a 14-0 halftime deficit to take down Waverly-Shell Rock 21-14. Isaiah Vaughan had two scores and Koby Alpers added a try for Wolf Creek.


The Pheasant Ridge Women’s Golf League will hold its season-opening coffee and meeting April 26 at 9 a.m. in the Pheasant Ridge clubhouse.

Anyone interested in more information or joining the league is encouraged to attend.

League play begins May 3 and there will be 9-hole and 18-hole competition offered.


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