K-State Closes Out Competition at UTSA Invitational

Day 2 Results

SAN ANTONIO, Texas
– Kansas State’s track and field team posted a strong start to its outdoor season as the Wildcats recorded three first-place finishes and numerous athletes set new personal bests as the UTSA Invitational came to a close in San Antonio on Saturday. 

Overall, the women’s team finished in sixth place with a team score of 91 points, while the men’s team also recorded a sixth-place finish with 68 total points. 

On the track, senior Sonia Gaskin won the women’s 400 meter dash with a time of 55.37 for her first win of the outdoor season. 

The women’s ‘A’ relay team of Gaskin, Ranae McKenzie, Keiteyana Parks and Tia’ Gamble also recorded a first-place finish at the meet with a time of 3:42.90. 

K-State had three women finish in the top-five of the 200 meter dash. McKenzie took third place with a time of 24.00, Gamble took fourth with a time of 24.28 and Parks finished in fifth place with a time of 24.51. 

In the field, sophomore NaTron Gipson recorded a first-place finish in the men’s high jump with a mark of 2.05m/6-08.75 for his first victory of 2016. Fellow high jumper Rhizlane Siba finished tied for third place in the event with a jump of 1.67m/5-05.75. 

Long jumpers Shardia Lawrence and Zanri Van der Merwe also recorded top-three finishes with marks of 5.71m/18-09.00 (5.2) and 5.65m/18-06.50 (5.0), respectively. Senior Alyssa Kelly also finished in the top-three in triple jump, finishing in second place with a leap of 12.13m/39-09.75 (5.5). 

Thrower Brett Neelly also finished in the top five of the men’s shot put field, finishing in fourth place with a throw of 17.68m/58-00.25. 

Over the course of the entire competition, K-State recorded a total of six first-place finishes in its first outdoor competition of 2016. A complete recap of the first day of the UTSA Invitational can be found here. 

K-State returns to action next weekend as it competes in the Emporia State Open in Emporia, Kansas on Saturday. More information on the meet, including a schedule of events, can be found 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. 

UTSA Invitational Day 2
Park West Athletics Complex
San Antonio, Texas

Women’s 100 Meter Dash 
8. Claudette Allen – 12.16 (6.2)
9. Zanri Van der Merwe – 12.17 (5.6) (PR)
10. Jordan Matthews – 12.20 (5.6) (PR)

Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles
18. Morgan Coffman – 16.48 (2.9) (PR)

Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles
7. Adam Deterding – 14.82 (5.9)
16. Max Estill – 15.63 (5.3) (PR)

Women’s 200 Meter Dash
3. Ranae McKenzie – 24.00 (3.4)
4. Tia’ Gamble – 24.28 (3.9)
5. Keiteyana Parks – 24.51 (3.4)
13. Jordan Matthews – 25.36 (1.5)
23. Shanae McKenzie – 26.44 (1.5)

Women’s 400 Meter Dash 
1. Sonia Gaskin – 55.37

Men’s 400 Meter Dash
11. Rene Perla – 51.29

Men’s 800 Meter Run
9. Javon Patterson – 1:59.64

Men’s 4x100 Meter Relay
3. Albus-Smith-Harrison-Freeman II – 41.18

Women’s 4x400 Meter Relay
1. Gaskin-McKenzie-Parks-Gamble – 3:42.90
8. Van der Merwe-Allen-Lawrence-Kelly – 4:09.69

Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay
5. Harrison-Freeman II-Albus-Patterson – 3:21.74
6. Perla-Smith-Deterding-Estill – 3:24.01 

Women’s High Jump
T3. Rhizlane Siba – 1.67m/5-05.75
T6. Shanae McKenzie – 1.62m/5-03.75
T10. Rachel Proteau – 1.57m/5-01.75

Men’s High Jump
1. NaTron Gipson – 2.05m/6-08.75

Women’s Long Jump
2. Shardia Lawrence – 5.71m/18-09.00 (5.2)
3. Zanri Van der Merwe – 5.65m/18-06.50 (5.0)
-- Alyssa Kelly – Foul

Men’s Long Jump 
8. Adam Deterding – 6.47m/21-02.75 (4.5)
10. Max Estill – 6.17m/20-03.00 (6.5)

Women’s Triple Jump 
2. Alyssa Kelly – 12.13m/39-09.75 (5.5)

Women’s Pole Vault
-- Erin Smith – No Height

Men’s Pole Vault
6. Zack Supple – 4.85m/15-11.00

Men’s Shot Put
4. Brett Neelly – 17.68m/58-00.25
8. Jayce Brack – 16.41m/53-10.25

Men’s Discus Throw
10. Tyler Merkley – 46.72m/153-03
11. Brett Neelly – 46.56m/152-09