K-State Dominates First Day of John McDonnell Invitational

Friday Results

– The Kansas State track and field team put on a show during the first day of the John McDonnell Invitational, racking up three first-place finishes at John McDonnell Field on Friday afternoon. 

Freshman thrower Brett Neelly opened the meet in fine fashion, winning the men’s discus throw with a mark of 50.86m/166-10 in his third attempt for his first first-place finish of the season. Fellow freshman discus thrower Shadae Lawrence matched Neelly’s mark with a throw of 54.90m/180-01 to win the women’s discus throw. 

Fresh off of her first outdoor Big 12 Athlete of the Week honor, senior Akela Jones added the Wildcats’ other first-place finish of the day one, matching a personal best jump in the long jump with a leap of 6.55m/21-06.00. Zanri Van Der Merwe took second in the long jump field after recording a leap of 5.80m/19-00.50. 

Senior Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye also recorded a second-place finish in the long jump, posting a leap of 7.76m/25-05.50.

K-State also posted a strong showing in both high jump competitions. On the men’s side, Thilina Karunaratne took second with a jump of 2.11m/6-11.00, while sophomore Nate Gipson finished in fourth place with a mark of 2.05m/6-08.75. 

Junior Kim Williamson also finished in second place in high jump after posting a mark of 1.86m/6-01.25. Rhizlane Siba finished in fifth place after posting a mark of 1.70m/5-07.00, while newcomer Shanae McKenzie took sixth place with the same mark. 

The Wildcats also had three athletes put up strong performances during the multi-events portion of the meet which occurred on Wednesday and Thursday. 

In the heptathlon, sophomore Morgan Coffman recorded a second-place finish after finishing with a total of 4,472 points in her first heptathlon at K-State. Coffman also recorded multiple PRs in the event, including her final score. 

The men also posted strong results in their respective decathlons as Adam Deterding set a personal best score of 7,072 points to finish in second place and Max Estill set a personal best score of 6,185 points to finish in third place. Both set multiple personal bests throughout both days of competitions. 

Action at the meet will resume on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT with men’s hammer throw. Track events on the final day of competition begin at 2 p.m. CT with the women’s 100 meter hurdles. 

In-meet updates can be found by following @kstate_gameday on Twitter or by following the live results found on the meet central page, which 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. 

John McDonnell Invitational
John McDonnell Field
Fayetteville, Ark.

Women’s High Jump
2. Kim Williamson – 1.86m/6-01.25
5. Rhizlane Siba – 1.70m/5-07.00
6. Shanae McKenzie – 1.70m/5-07.00
11. Rachel Proteau – 1.60m/5-03.00

Men’s High Jump
2. Thilina Karunaratne – 2.11m/6-11.00
4. NaTron Gipson – 2.05m/6-08.75

Women’s Long Jump
1. Akela Jones – 6.55m/21-06.00
2. Zanri Van der Merwe – 5.80m/19-00.50
-- Claudette Allen – Foul 

Men’s Long Jump
2. Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye – 7.76m/25-05.50

Women’s Discus Throw
1. Shadae Lawrence – 54.90m/180-01

Men’s Discus Throw
1. Brett Neelly – 50.86m/166-10

John McDonnell Invitational Multi-Events
John McDonnell Field
Fayetteville, Ark.

100 Meter Hurdles
3. Morgan Coffman – 16.32 (PR)

High Jump
3. Morgan Coffman – 1.61m/5-03.25

Shot Put
3. Morgan Coffman – 10.84m/35-06.75 (PR)

200 Meter Dash
3. Morgan Coffman – 26.95 (PR)

100 Meter Dash
3. Max Estill – 11.29 (PR)
5. Adam Deterding – 11.33

Long Jump
3. Adam Deterding – 6.76m/22-02.25 (PR)
5. Max Estill – 6.57m/21-06.75

Shot Put
4. Adam Deterding – 12.87m/42-02.75
6. Max Estill – 10.52m/34-06.25 (PR)

High Jump
3. Max Estill – 1.88m/6-02.00 (PR)
5. Adam Deterding – 1.85m/6-00.75

400 Meter Dash
1. Adam Deterding – 49.47 (PR)
4. Max Estill – 51.54 (PR)

Long Jump
2. Morgan Coffman – 5.32m/17-05.50 (PR)

Javelin Throw
2. Morgan Coffman – 24.02m/78-09.75 (PR)

800 Meter Run
2. Morgan Coffman – 2:26.57 (PR)

Heptathlon Final Score
2. Morgan Coffman – 4,472 pts. (PR)

110 Meter Hurdles
1. Adam Deterding – 14.78
4. Max Estill – 15.94

Discus Throw
4. Adam Deterding – 37.14m/121-10 (PR)
6. Max Estill – 30.97m/101-07

Pole Vault
4. Adam Deterding – 3.95m/12-11.50 (PR)
5. Max Estill – 3.45m/11-03.75 (PR)

Javelin Throw 
3. Adam Deterding – 47.90m/157-02
4. Max Estill – 41.73m/136-11 (PR)

1500 Meter Run
1. Adam Deterding – 4:34.69
3. Max Estill – 5:00.49 

Decathlon Final Scores
2. Adam Deterding – 7,072 pts. (PR)
4. Max Estill – 6,185 pts. (PR)