PRs Highlight Day One of Tyson Invitational

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Kansas State’s 25th-ranked men saw three athletes record personal bests and two first place finishes as the Wildcats wrapped up day one of competition of the Tyson Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center on Friday. 

Junior Lukas Koch highlighted the day for the Wildcats on the track, setting a personal best in a first place finish in the mile run with a time of 4:11.39. His previous personal best was 4:13.38, which he set earlier this season at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational. 

Freshman thrower Tyler Merkley also recorded a personal best and the tenth-best mark in school history in the weight throw with a throw of 19.28m/63-03.75. Senior Brady Grunder posted the fifth-best time in school history with a throw of 19.69m/64-07.25 to finish third in the event. 

In the field, senior Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye recorded a personal best in long jump, leaping 7.75m/25-05.25 to win the event. The mark is also the third-best mark in school history. 

Long jumper Akela Jones also posted a top-10 mark in long jump, leaping 6.53m/21-05.25 for the second-best mark in school history. Jones also holds the top mark in school history of 6.64m/21-09.25, which she set at this season’s DeLoss Dodds Invitational. 

At the Iowa State Classic, junior Morgan Wedekind recorded a personal best in the 3000 meter run with a time of 9:43.20, which is good for the 10th-best mark in school history. 

Competition at the Tyson Invitational slated to resume at Noon CT on Saturday with the women’s 3000 meter run. Women’s shot put will kick off day two’s field events with the start time set a 1 p.m. CT. 

Senior Sonia Gaskin will close out competition at the Iowa State Classic on Saturday as she competes in the 800 meter run. 

In-meet updates can be found on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday and using #KStateTF. Live results for the Tyson Invitational can be found here. 

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

Tyson Invitational
Randal Tyson Track Center
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Men’s 60m Dash
10. Terrell Smith – 6.77pq
T10. Terrell Smith – 6.78 (semis) 

Women’s 800m Run
17. Marija Stambolic – 2:18.84

Men’s 800m Run
9. Kain Ellis – 1:52.61
12. Kurt Loevenstein – 1:53.46

Men’s Mile Run
1. Lukas Koch – 4:11.39 (PR)

Women’s Long Jump (Invitational)
3. Akela Jones – 6.53m/21-05.25

Women’s Long Jump
12. Claudette Allen – 5.81m/19-00.75

Men’s Long Jump
1. Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye – 7.75m/25-05.25 (PR)

Women’s Weight Throw
7. Dani Winters – 18.55m/60-10.50
10. Janee’ Kassanavoid – 18.07m/59-03.50

Men’s Weight Throw
3. Brady Grunder – 19.69m/64-07.25
7. Tyler Merkley – 19.28m/63-03.75 (PR)
9. Kyle Smith – 18.33m/60-01.75
15. Mitch Dixon – 17.24m/56-09.25

Iowa State Classic
Lied Recreation Center
Ames, Iowa

Women’s 3000m Run
19. Morgan Wedekind – 9:43.20 (PR)