Kansas State Strong at Rock Chalk Classic

Final Results

– Kansas State’s track and field team saw eight first-place finishes and another school record set in the men’s hammer throw at the Rock Chalk Classic in Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday. 

The Wildcat women finished in second place with 154 total points, while the men finished in third place with 118 total points. Kansas won both the men’s and women’s competitions with total scores of 205 points and 164 points, respectively. 

“I thought all-in-all we had a productive day,” head coach Cliff Rovelto said about the meet. “We got fortunate with the weather.”

As a group, the throwers had another strong day in the field. Freshman Tyler Merkley set a new school record, a mark he previously held with his throw of 62.31m/204-05 at the UCLA Legends Invitational, with a throw of 63.99m/209-11 to finish in second place in the event. The mark is good for the second-best in the Big 12 this season.  

Fellow freshmen Brett Neelly and Shadae Lawrence continued to impressive in their respective events. Neelly recorded a second-place finish in shot put with a throw of 17.75m/58-03 and a seventh-place finish in discus throw with a mark of 50.19m/164-08, while Lawrence won the discus throw with a personal best throw of 56.54m/185-06. 

“Brett is getting fairly consistent at putting up quality marks for a freshman,” Rovelto said. “Shadae is also proving that she is going to be very good in discus. She is having a great year for a freshman.”

K-State’s jumpers also posted solid marks across the board in the meet. Sophomore Nate Gipson tied a season-best jump with a mark of 2.09m/6-10.25 to win the high jump, while junior Kim Williamson finished second with a jump of 1.84m/6-00.50. 

The Wildcats also swept the long jump competition as senior Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye recorded a leap of 7.69m/25-02.75 and junior Zanri Van Der Merwe posted a winning jump of 5.66m/18-07. Triple jumper Shardia Lawrence continued to improve her marks this season, winning the event with a personal best leap of 12.99m/42-07.50.

“I thought the high jumps were pretty solid today,” Rovelto noted about the jumpers. “Shardia improved in the triple jump and Ifeanyi had a very solid long jump.” 

On the track, K-State’s sprinters had a strong outing. Sophomore A'keyla Mitchell recorded two wins on the day, taking first in the 100 meter dash with a wind-aided time of 11.54 and in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.16. Fellow sophomore Terrell Smith also won the 200 meter dash with a time of 20.80, while Otuonye set a new PR in the race with a time of 21.42 to finished fifth. 

The women’s 4x400 relay team finished third in the race with a time of 3:44.46, while the two men’s relay teams went sixth and seventh with times of 3:19.94 and 3:22.20, respectively. 

“In general, the open sprints went pretty well,” Rovelto added. “The 4x400 relays were largely middle distance kids and combined eventers. I thought they all ran pretty well.”

In the mid-distance events, junior Lukas Koch easily won his heat in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:53.43 en route to a fourth-place finish. Fellow junior Kain Ellisalso had a strong race in the 400 meter dash, setting a new personal best with a time of 49.57. 

The Wildcats return home to R.V. Christian track next weekend as they prepare to host the Ward Haylett Invitational, the team’s final meet before heading to Fort Worth, Texas the following weekend to compete at the Big 12 Championships. 

The first 50 fans who present the flier that will be sent out during the week will receive a t-shirt upon admission. K-State water bottles will also be given to the first 50 fans at the meet. Admission for the competition is free. 

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. 

Rock Chalk Classic
Rock Chalk Park
Lawrence, Kan.

Women’s 100 Meter Dash
1. A’Keyla Mitchell – 11.54 (3.3)

Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles
2. Akela Jones – 13.12
19. Morgan Coffman – 16.38

Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles
2. Adam Deterding – 14.85
12. Max Estill – 16.97

Women’s 200 Meter Dash
1. A’Keyla Mitchell – 23.16
4. Keiteyana Parks – 24.23 (2.3)
8. Ranae McKenzie – 24.57
13. Jordan Matthews – 25.10 (2.5)
15. Zanri Van der Merwe – 25.20 (2.3)

Men’s 200 Meter Dash
1. Terrell Smith – 20.80
5. Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye – 21.39 (PR)
7. Nick Albus – 21.61

Women’s 400 Meter Dash
4. Sonia Gaskin – 54.55

Men’s 400 Meter Dash
14. Kain Ellis – 49.57 (PR)

Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles
9. Rene Perla – 54.52

Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles
2. Tia’ Gamble – 58.90

Women’s 800 Meter Run
9. Marija Stambolic – 2:18.52

Men’s 800 Meter Run
4. Lukas Koch – 1:53.43
6. Kurt Loevenstein – 1:55.31
12. Logan Smith – 1:56.11
13. Colton Donahue – 1:56.56
14. Chris Sandquist – 1:57.12

Women’s 1500 Meter Run
9. Emma Wren – 4:42.43
13. Amanda Thate – 4:50.65

Men’s 1500 Meter Run
6. Colton Donahue – 3:56.66
12. Sam Oxandale – 4:06.94
14. Jeff Bachman – 4:10.19

Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase
2. Kayla Doll – 10:53.73

Men’s 5000 Meter Run
7. Bryan Zack – 15:11.79
9. Brett Bachman – 15:15.00
12. Joe Gorthy – 16:07.03

Women’s 4x400 Meter Relay
3. Gaskin-Parks-Matthews-S. McKenzie – 3:37.30

Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay
6. Ellis-Harrison-Freeman II-Albus – 3:19.94
7. Perla-Koch-Sandquist-L. Smith – 3:22.20

Women’s High Jump
2. Kim Williamson – 1.84m/6-00.50
4. Morgan Coffman – 1.71m/5-07.25
5. Shanae McKenzie – 1.71m/5-07.25
6. Rhizlane Siba – 1.71m/5-07.50
14. Rachel Proteau – 1.61m/5-03.25

Men’s High Jump
1. NaTron Gipson – 2.09m/6-10.25
4. Thilina Karunaratne – 1.94m/6-04.25

Women’s Long Jump
1. Zanri Van der Merwe – 5.66m/18-07
6. Alyssa Kelly – 5.53m/18-01.75
8. Shardia Lawrence – 5.39m/17-08.25

Men’s Long Jump
1. Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye – 7.69m/25-02.75
-- Tom Pyle – FOUL

Women’s Triple Jump
1. Shardia Lawrence – 12.99m/42-07.50 (PR)
5. Alyssa Kelly – 11.95m/39-02.50

Women’s Pole Vault
9. Megan Vanderpool – 3.65m/11-11.75
13. Erin Smith – 3.05m/10-00.00
-- Kristen Petry - NH

Men’s Pole Vault
7. Zack Supple – 4.99m/15-04.50

Women’s Javelin Throw
1. Allison Zerbe – 50.57m/165-11

Men’s Javelin Throw
5. Derek Selk – 57.21m/187-08
6. Lucas Moeder – 54.65m/179-03
12. Adam Deterding – 46.77m/153-05

Women’s Discus Throw 
1. Shadae Lawrence – 56.54m/185-06

Men’s Discus Throw
8. Brett Neelly – 50.19m/164-08

Women’s Shot Put
2. Dani Winters – 16.60m/54-05.50

Men’s Shot Put
2. Brett Neelly – 17.75m/58-03
-- Jayce Brack – Foul

Women’s Hammer Throw
2. Sara Savatovic – 64.95m/213-01
7. Janee’ Kassanavoid – 57.58m/188-11

Men’s Hammer Throw
2. Tyler Merkley – 63.99m/209-11
4. Kyle Smith – 60.29m/197-09