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HAYLETT MEET TO FEATURE K-STATE, NEBRASKA

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HAYLETT MEET TO FEATURE K-STATE, NEBRASKA

By Mark Janssen

Kansas State will host the Ward Haylett Track and Field Invitational on Saturday, which will feature the Wildcats, Nebraska, plus several other at-large entries from regional schools.
 
"It's the last big opportunity for several of our athletes to make the (Big 12) conference squad," said K-State head coach Cliff Rovelto.  "Nebraska has quality athletes, but if nothing else, fans can see a high level of competition within our team."

Historically, Rovelto said that he allows any athlete ranked among the top 12 in field events to compete at the Big 12 Championships, and in the sprints anyone ranking in the top 15 or 16.  At the Big 12, nine athletes make the finals, but only eight figure in the scoring.
 
"We view the Big 12 as a conference championship meet and not a participation meet," said Rovelto. "This is what we stress throughout the year.  If you're not at that level where you might figure in the scoring, then you're probably not going to go."
 
Field events will start at 10 a.m. and running events at 1 p.m. at R.V. Christian Track.  The event is free to the public.
 
RANKED NATIONALLY: The United States Track and Field rankings are out with the Big 12's index ranking tops in the nation.
 
On the women's side eight teams are in the Top 25, which includes No. 16 Kansas State.  Others ranked are No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 9 Texas, No. 10 Baylor, No. 14 Nebraska, No. 15 Colorado and No. 25 Kansas.
 
On the men's side, Texas A&M is No. 1, Texas Tech No. 5, Texas No. 6, Nebraska No. 8, Baylor No. 13, Oklahoma No. 14 and Baylor No. 18.
 
In individual events here are the Wildcats ranking in the Top 25 in the country:
• Erik Kynard, 1st, high jump, 7-7
• Nina Kokot, 2nd, long jump, 21-2 ½
• Ryann Krais, 4th, heptathlon, 5,848
• Ryann Krais, 5th, 400-meter hurdles, 56.62
• Mantas Silkauskas, 7th, decathlon, 7,706 (last year)
• Martina Tresch, 16th, steeplechase, 19;14.96
• Moritz Cleve, 22nd, decathlon, 7,429 (last year)
• TiAra Walpool, 24th, triple jump, 42-1 ¼
 
BIG 12 ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: K-State's Erik Kynard has earned Big 12 Conference Athlete of the Week recognition after clearing 7-feet-7 inches as the Drake Relays.
 
With his jump, Kynard raises the bar for the competition 1 ¼ inches as he was tied with Arizona's Edgar Rivera-Morales at 7-5.75 prior to that competition.
Kynard's mark also ties him for second in K-State history, trailing only three-time NCAA champion Scott Sellers by ¾-inch.  This is Kynard's second Big 12 Male Athlete of the Week honor this season after claiming one during indoor season.
 
SCHOOL RECORDS TUMBLE: K-State track and field records fell at the recent Drake Relays, as Ryann Krais flew through the 400-meter-hurdles at 56.62, which broke her own school mark.  Krais, a transfer from UCLA, had previously run a 57.04 at the Kansas Relays.
 
Krais was also part of the 4 x 800 meter relay that shattered the school record with a time of 8:34.81. Joining Krais on the unit were Sara Stoakes, Meghan Heuer and Boglarka Bozzay.
 
The clocking broke the 1981 record of 8:45.10 set by Deb Phil, Sherry Thomas, Janell LeValley and Wanda Trent.


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