Lawrence Twins, Williamson Nab Titles on Final Day of Big 12s

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Kansas State track and field team saw three athletes win individual titles in the women’s discus, high jump and triple jump as the Big 12 Championship came to a close at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex on Sunday. 

Overall, the women finished in third place with a score of 112 points, while the men recorded a fifth place finish, up three spots from last season’s eighth place finish, with 94 points. Texas won both the men’s and women’s competition. 

“Of the 50 athletes that we brought, 39 of them scored which is really good,” head coach Cliff Rovelto said. “The men clearly maxed out in their events. They had a really, really good meet. The women had a lot of phenomenal marks today as well. We had a lot of athletes far surpass our expectations. We had a lot of people step up and compete. I am really happy for everyone because they really did a great job this weekend.”

Freshman Shadae Lawrence got the Wildcats off to a fast start in discus, using a huge personal best toss of 58.84m/193-00 to win the first conference title of her career. The title is the first won by a Wildcat since 1999 when Renetta Seiler won the event with a throw of 62.35m/204-07. Lawrence’s mark is good for the eighth-best mark in Division I this year. 

In the next event of the day, junior Kim Williamson won K-State’s second title in as many events, winning the women’s high jump for the second year in a row with jump of 1.87m/6-01.50, a new season best. Williamson also won the event last year, jumping the same height of 1.87m/6-01.50. 

Shadae’s twin sister, Shardia Lawrence, would add a title of her own later in the afternoon, claiming the triple jump crown with a personal best leap of 13.19m/43-03.25. Her jump moves her to fifth place on the school’s all-time list in the event. 

The Wildcats saw numerous athletes score in their respective events throughout the final day of the meet. Sophomore Rhizlane Siba set a new personal best with a leap 1.81m/5-11.25, while freshman Shanae McKenzie also scored in her first conference meet with a jump of 1.71m/5-07.25. 

Sophomore Christoff Bryan also had a strong performance in the high jump, finishing in third place with a mark of 2.19m/7-02.25. Fellow sophomore Nate Gipson finished in fourth place with a mark of 2.15m/7-00.50, while newcomer Thilina Karunaratne jumped 2.11m/6-11.00 to finish in sixth place. 

K-State saw three other throwers score in the meet as well. Freshman Brett Neelly posted a seventh place finish in the discus throw with a personal best toss of 52.28m/171-06. In the women’s javelin throw, Ally Zerbe finished in fourth place with a throw of 49.85m/163-06, while Haley Pitko fell just short of her PR with a mark 46.76m/153-05. 

Distance runner Lukas Koch scored in the men’s 1500 meter run, finishing in seventh place with a 3:54.37. Sophomores Kayla Doll and Colton Donahue set a new personal bests and scored in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Donahue finished in seventh place with a time of 9:06.07, which moves him to eighth on the school’s all-time list in the event. Doll also finished in seventh place, posting a time of 10:38.87. 

Junior Adam Deterding had a strong race in the 110 meter hurdles as he recorded a time of 14.48 (1.3) to finish in fifth place. Freshman Rene Perla ran in the 400 meter hurdles, posting a scoring effort with a time of 54.08. In the women’s 400 meter hurdles, senior Tia' Gamble ran a time of 58.98 while freshman Ranae Mc Kenzie ran 1:01.08 to finish in seventh place. 

Sprinters Terrell Smith and A'keyla Mitchell had another strong outing after their performances on Saturday night. Smith recorded a fourth place finish in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.49 (0.2) before finishing in third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 20.83 (-0.8). Mitchell finished in fifth place in 100 with a time of 11.84 (0.1) before running a 23.63 (-0.6) in the 200 to take fifth place. 

K-State also saw strong races from its relay teams. In the men’s 4x100 race, the team finished in fourth place with a time of 40.54. The women’s 4x400 relay team took silver with a time of 3:35.95, while the men’s 4x400 meter relay team took fourth with a season-best time of 3:11.51. 

The Wildcats now how have a little less than two weeks to prepare for the NCAA West Preliminary, which will be held at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas on May 26-28. More information on the meet can be found at the events home page by clicking here. 

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

Women’s 100 Meter Dash
7. A’Keyla Mitchell – 11.84 (0.1)

Men’s 100 Meter Dash
4. Terrell Smith – 10.49 (0.2)

Women’s 200 Meter Dash
5. A’Keyla Mitchell – 23.63 (-0.6)

Men’s 200 Meter Dash
3. Terrell Smith – 20.83 (-0.8)

Men’s 1500 Meter Run
7. Lukas Koch – 3:54.37

Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase
7. Kayla Doll – 10:38.87 (PR)

Men’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase
7. Colton Donahue – 9:06.07 (PR)
11. Jeff Bachman – 9:17.31

Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles
5. Adam Deterding – 14.48 (1.3)

Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles
2. Tia’ Gamble – 58.98
7. Ranae McKenzie – 1:01.08

Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles
6. Rene Perla – 54.08

Women’s 4x100 Meter Relay
-- McKenzie-Mitchell-Parks-Van der Merwe – DNF

Men’s 4x100 Meter Relay
4. Albus-T. Smith-Harrison-Otuonye – 40.54

Women’s 4x400 Meter Relay
2. Gaskin-Mitchell-Parks-Gamble – 3:35.95

Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay
4. Ellis-Otuonye-Freeman II-Harrison – 3:11.51

Women’s High Jump
1. Kimberly Williamson – 1.87m/6-01.50
2. Rhizlane Siba - 1.81m/5-11.25
5. Shanae McKenzie – 1.71m/5-07.25
T11. Morgan Coffman – 1.66m/5-05.25
T13. Rachel Proteau – 1.66m/5-05.25

Men’s High Jump
3. Christoff Bryan – 2.19m/7-02.25
4. NaTron Gipson – 2.15m/7-00.50
6. Thilina Karunaratne – 2.11m/6-11.00

Women’s Triple Jump
1. Shardia Lawrence – 13.19m/43-03.25 (PR)
9. Alyssa Kelly – 12.39m/40-07.75

Women’s Discus Throw
1. Shadae Lawrence – 58.84m/193-00 (PR)

Men’s Discus Throw
7. Brett Neelly – 52.28m/171-06 (PR)
-- Tyler Merkley – FOUL

Women’s Javelin Throw
4. Ally Zerbe – 49.85m/163-06
7. Haley Pitko – 46.76m/153-05