Savatovic, Twiss Headline Big Day for Wildcats

Jan. 10, 2014

ResultsK-State AthleticsLAWRENCE, Kan. – K-State Track and Field kicked off the New Year with an excellent overall performance at the Bill Easton Classic.

As a whole, the Wildcats had 11 first-place finishes to go along with 7 runner-up performances. The women’s team, in particular, had a big day as both Sara Savatovic and Erica Twiss set personal bests to go along with their event wins.

Starting off the meet’s festivities strong once again was Savatovic, as she wasted no time besting her personal record in the weight throw. The Serbia native hit 19.92m (65-04.25) on her fourth throw of the day. The mark surpassed her previous high of 19.58m (64-03.00) and placed her fifth all-time in K-State history.

Much like last week, head coach Cliff Rovelto had nothing, but positives to say about the burgeoning sophomore star.

“We knew this coming in from the get-go that she was very, very good,” Rovelto said. “She had trained very well throughout the fall and you can see she is making a lot of progress.

“And there’s more there, she is just going to continue to get better. She’s definitely a quality thrower.”

Not even halfway into her career as a Wildcat, Savatovic already holds two of the top 10 marks in the women’s weight throw – a feat no other female athlete that competed in the weight throw for K-State can claim.

Also staying hot was Twiss, who after winning last month’s Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon, dominated the field in the 60 meter hurdles. Her final time of 8.36 beat the competition by over a full second as well as shattered her previous personal best of 8.56. The first-place finish also vaulted the senior into third-place in school history.

For Twiss, it just adds to the hot start for the Carrollton, Texas native. Along with the pentathlon win, Twiss has already set personal bests in the high jump (1.72m/5-07.75) and 800 meters (2:18.76) as well as being a part of the meet record-setting 4x400 team (3:46.71) at the Winter Invitational.  

Rovelto said Twiss’ performance in the hurdles was especially important from today’s meet.

“I think Erica’s hurdle PR is pretty significant,” Rovelto said. “Not that we have had an enormous number of high-quality hurdlers, but we’ve had some good hurdlers and she is a heptathlete so that was a quality run for her.”

Not to be outdone were several other Wildcats, who came away with first-place finishes.

In the field events, both Dani Winters (14.90m/48-10.75) and Ryan Hershberger (17.16m/56-03.75) remained unbeaten for the season as each bested the field in their respective shot put event. Rounding out the first-place finishes in the field was sophomore Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, who made it two-in-a-row in the long jump with a mark of 7.22m (23-08.25).

On the track, the Wildcats swept the mile and 1000 meter run.

In the mile, Martina Tresch, in her indoor season debut, beat the field with a time of 5:05.76, while freshman Morgan Wedekind, in her Wildcat track and field debut, placed second in a time of 5:07.86. For the men, Kain Ellis (4:23.18), Colton Donahue (4:26.34) and Blake Goodin (4:29.37) finished 1-2-3, respectively.

Logan Smith and Marie Taylor led the way for the Wildcats in the 1000 meter. Smith, who has now won two-straight in the event, took first in a time of 2:29.15 seconds, while Taylor finished first in 3:07.11 seconds.

Other notable performances in the individual track events included senior Kyle Hanson’s first-place effort (1:54.60) in the 800 meters as well as Sonia Gaskin with her second-straight personal best-setting performance (1:21.89 – 7th in school history) in the 600 yard run.

Closing out the Bill Easton Classic were the Wildcat relay teams and they did not disappoint. The “A” team of Tresch, Mary Frances Donnelly, Angela Hart and newcomer Marija Stambolic powered the Wildcats to the win in the distance medley relay (12:12.20), while the lone men’s squad of Adam Deterding, Donahue, Ellis and Goodin (10:45.45) completed the DMR sweep. In the 4x400, the group of Gaskin, Twiss, Tia Gamble and Sarah Kolmer made it two-straight first place finishes in a time of 3:44.80.

For Rovelto, the meet showed that this year’s team has the talent to

“The bottom line is we, this meet shows even though it’s early, have quality,” Rovelto said. “We won a lot of events, but we just don’t have a lot of numbers. Now part of that is that we didn’t bring everybody for whatever reason, but we are young and we will continue to get better.

“So all in all it was a pretty good day.”

With the lone indoor trip to Lawrence, Kan., out of the way, K-State returns home to Ahearn Field House for the Wildcat Invitational next Saturday, Jan. 18. Last year’s invitational saw 18 Wildcats place first. Next weekend’s field events are expected to start at 12 p.m., and admission is free. Visit for more information.

Bill Easton Classic Results
Anschutz Sports Pavilion
Lawrence, Kan.

5: Dane Steen, 6.92
10: Jharyl Bowry, 7.12

12: Alyssa Kelly, 8.08

60m Hurdles
2: Devin Dick, 8.42
3: Adam Deterding, 8.47

1: Erica Twiss, 8.36 – Personal best, facility and meet record
3: Angela Hart, 8.94
8: Joslyn Barnes, 9.49

5: Dane Steen, 22.38
6: Devin Field, 22.84

2: Christopher Campbell, 48.98
6: Rhys Powell, 51.05

2: Tia Gamble, 56.23
3: Jordan Matthews, 57.38

2: Sonia Gaskin, 1:21.89 – Personal best and 7th in school history

1: Kyle Hanson, 1:54.60
4: Kevin Jantsch, 2:01.29

1: Logan Smith, 2:29.15

1: Marie Taylor, 3:07.11
5: Sonja Schneider, 3:19.63

1: Kain Ellis, 4:23.18
2: Colton Donahue, 4:26.34
3: Blake Goodin, 4:29.37

1: Martina Tresch, 5:05.76
2: Morgan Wedekind, 5:07.86

5: Jeff Bachman, 9:06.97

7: Audrey Schmitz, 10:57.62

2: Otuonye-Jefferson-Powell-Campbell, 3:15.08

1: Gaskin-Twiss-Gamble-Kolmer, 3:44.80

1: Donahue-Deterding-Goodin-Ellis, 10:45.45

1: Donnelly-Hart- Stambolic-Tresch, 12:12.20
4: Wedekind-Barnes-Schneider-Schmitz, 13:27.48

High Jump
3: Rachel Proteau, 1.76m/5-09.25
T5: Joslyn Barnes, 1.71m/5-07.25

Long Jump
1: Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, 7.22m/23-08.25
6: Devin Dick, 6.43m/21-01.25

3: Alyssa Kelly, 5.42m/17-09.50
4: Sarah Kolmer, 5.42m/17-09.50

Triple Jump
2: Alyssa Kelly, 11.01m/36-01.50

Pole Vault
3: Kyle Wait, 5.21m/17-01.00
5: Tommy Brady, 5.06m/16-07.25 – Personal best
12: Cameron Savage, 4.76m/15-07.25

Shot Put
1: Ryan Hershberger, 17.16m/56-03.75

1: Dani Winters, 14.90m/48-10.75

Weight Throw
2: Alex Roe, 17.03m/55-10.50

1:  Sara Savatovic, 19.92m/65-04.25 – Personal best & 5th in school history