Jones, Winters Claim Titles on Day Two of Big 12s

FORT WORTH, Texas – Seniors Akela Jones and Dani Winters stole the show for Kansas State as both won the Big 12 title in their respective events on the second day of the Big 12 Championship at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex on Saturday. 

After two days of competition, the men’s team is in second place with 46 total points, while the women are also in second place with 37 total points. 

“It was another pretty good day,” head coach Cliff Rovelto said. “All-in-all it was a solid performance. There were a couple of disappointments on the track in terms of qualifying. For the most part, we qualified things that you would hope to qualify. If you average it all out, it was a pretty good day in qualifying.”

Jones dominated the long jump, winning the event with a personal best mark of 6.75m/22-01.75 (1.8). Her mark set a new Big 12 meet record, Barbados national record and the school record, which she previously held after jumping 6.60m/21-07.75 (1.2) at the Pan American Games in 2015. 

Winters won her second-consecutive outdoor shot put title with a throw of 17.39m/57-00.75. In what is probably the strongest field of shot putters in the country, the senior recorded her winning mark on her second attempt en route to claiming the title.  

The Wildcats saw three other long jumpers record scoring performances during Saturday’s action. Zanri Van Der Merwe finished in sixth place in the event with a leap of 5.98m/19-07.50 (3.2), while senior Alyssa Kelly finished seventh place with a personal best leap of 5.96m/19-06.75 (2.0). On the men’s side, Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye finished in second place, recording a mark of 7.74m/25-04.75 (4.2).

True freshman Brett Neelly recorded a scoring performance in the shot put at his first Big 12 Championship meet, finishing in fourth place with a mark of 18.40m/60-04.50. 

On the track, sophomore sprinters A'keyla Mitchell and Terrell Smith had very strong days in the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash. Mitchell finished in third place in both events, finishing the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.54 (3.0) and the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.34 (1.1).

Smith placed seventh in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.36 (1.7) before an impressive third place finish in the 200 meter dash, which he earned with a time of 20.81 (0.9), just shy of his personal best time of 20.80. 

K-State also saw all three of its athletes in the 400 meter hurdles qualify for the finals in the event. Senior Tia' Gamble finished in third place in the prelims with a time of 59.30 while freshman Ranae Mc Kenzie took fifth place with a time of 1:00.24. Fellow freshman Rene Perla qualified with a time of 54.25 to finish in eighth place. 

Distance runner Lukas Koch also qualified for Sunday’s finals in the 1500 meter run, finishing in eighth place with a personal best time of 3:47.53. He ran his previous personal best of 3:48.44 at the LSU Battle on the Bayou in early April. 

In the combined events, freshman Morgan Coffman scored in the heptathlon after posting a personal best score of 4,644 points in the event. Coffman also PRed in two of the three events of the final day of the heptathlon with a leap of 5.12m/16-09.75 (4.3) in the long jump and a time of 2:22.53 in the 800 meter run. 

Junior Adam Deterding scored in the decathlon, finishing in fourth place with 6,811 points in the event. Deterding also recorded a personal best in the javelin throw with a mark of 49.58m/162-08. Sophomore Max Estill finished ninth place in the event, posting a personal best score of 6,350 points. 

Estill recorded three personal bests on the final day of the decathlon. He PRed in the pole vault with a mark of 3.60m/11-09.75 before setting a new personal best in the javelin throw with a toss of 47.10m/154-06. He closed the day with a PR in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:59.59.

The final day of competition at the Big 12 Championship will begin at 11 a.m. with the women’s discus throw. Track events begin at 4:30 with the finals of the women’s 4x100 meter relay. More information on the meet, including a full schedule and meet records, can be found by visiting the tournament central page here.

For the latest on K-State track and field, follow @kstatesports and @KStateTFXC on Twitter using the hashtag #KStateTF or on the team’s Facebook page. 

Big 12 Championship
Lowdon Track and Field Complex
Fort Worth, Texas

Women’s 100 Meter Dash (Prelims)
3. A’Keyla Mitchell – 11.45Q (3.0)

Men’s 100 Meter Dash (Prelims)
7. Terrell Smith – 10.36q (1.7)
18. Nick Albus – 10.68 (3.3)

Women’s 200 Meter Dash (Prelims)
3. A’Keyla Mitchell – 23.34Q (1.1)

Men’s 200 Meter Dash (Prelims)
3. Terrell Smith – 20.81 (0.9)

Women’s 400 Meter Dash (Prelims)
22. Jordan Matthews – 58.91

Women’s 800 Meter Run (Prelims)
9. Sonia Gaskin – 2:07.98

Men’s 800 Meter Run (Prelims)
10. Kain Ellis – 1:50.91
14. Logan Smith – 1:52.48

Men’s 1500 Meter Run (Prelims)
8. Lukas Koch – 3:47.53q (PR)
14. Blake Goodin – 3:52.27

Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
3. Akela Jones – 13.17 (2.4)Q

Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles
3. Tia’ Gamble – 59.30Q
5. Ranae McKenzie – 1:00.24Q

Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles
8. Rene Perla – 54.25q

Women’s Pole Vault
14. Megan Vanderpool – 3.76m/12-04.00

Women’s Long Jump
1. Akela Jones – 6.75m/22-01.75 (1.8)(PR, School Record, Big 12 Record, Barbados Record)
6. Zanri Van der Merwe – 5.98m/19-07.50 (3.2)
7. Alyssa Kelly – 5.96m/19-06.75 (2.0) (PR)
10. Claudette Allen – 5.79m/19-00.00 (1.9) (PR)

Men’s Long Jump
2. Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye – 7.74m/25-04.75 (4.2)

Women’s Shot Put
1. Dani Winters – 17.39m/57-00.75

Men’s Shot Put
4. Brett Neelly – 18.40m/60-04.50
9. Jayce Brack – 15.81m/51-10.50

Heptathlon 800 Meter Run
2. Morgan Coffman – 2:22.53 (PR)

Heptathlon Long Jump
9. Morgan Coffman – 5.12m/16-09.75 (4.3)(PR)

Heptathlon Javelin Throw
9. Morgan Coffman – 22.61m/74-02

Heptathlon Final
8. Morgan Coffman – 4,644 pts. (PR)

Decathlon 110 Meter Hurdles
3. Adam Deterding – 14.78 (2.6)
7. Max Estill – 15.95 (3.7)

Decathlon Discus Throw
6. Adam Deterding – 33.74m/110-08
10. Max Estill – 28.82m/94-07

Decathlon Pole Vault
9. Max Estill – 3.60m/11-09.75 (PR)
10. Adam Deterding – 3.50m/11-05.75

Decathlon Javelin Throw
5. Adam Deterding – 49.58m/162-08 (PR)
7. Max Estill – 47.10m/154-06 (PR)

Decathlon 1500 Meter Run
2. Adam Deterding – 4:36.83
7. Max Estill – 4:59.59 (PR)

Decathlon Final
4. Adam Deterding – 6,811
9. Max Estill – 6,350 (PR)