Wildcats Dominate KSU Invitational

Erica Twiss

Jan. 14, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – With most of the college track and field scene getting under way this weekend, the Kansas State Wildcats hosted the KSU Invitational putting together a dominant performance for both the men and women in a triple dual meet against Oklahoma State, Tulsa and UMKC. The Wildcats combined to win 19 events and had a number of performances that rank among the best in school history.

The highlight of the day may have been the first heat of the women’s 60 meter hurdles as the Wildcats rolled in the event. K-State’s combined events specialists claimed the top four spots in the race, and all four of those runners ran personal best times that all rank in the Top 10 in school history.

Redshirt freshman Erica Twiss sped her way to the finish line in 8.57 seconds, crushing her time of 8.86 seconds during the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon in December. The time ranks fourth in school history. Senior Ryann Krais ran her fastest collegiate time in the event clocking in at 8.62 seconds to move into a tie for fifth in school history. Junior college transfer Richelle Farley ran 8.66 to rank seventh, and senior transfer Mairead Murphy finished in 8.67 seconds to stand eighth on the list.

K-State showed strength in the weight throw as well with the women taking the top three spots. Senior Ali Pistora won the event with her throw of 18.27 meters (59-11.25). Jessica Carter and Chelsie Bonds both threw 18.18m (59-07.75), which marks a personal record for Carter and puts her 10th on the school list.

The Wildcats also saw the men’s combined events athletes put impressive performances together. Mantas Silkauskas ran 6.75 seconds in the 60 meters, which is just .01 off his PR. He also was not far off his personal best in the shot put, marking 12.43m (40-09.50). The group of Devin Dick, Tomas Kirielius and Tony Granillo also shined for the Wildcats in multiple events preparing for the heptathlon down the road.

Freshman high jumper Alyx Treasure was able to build off of her debut performance of jumping 1.78m (5-10.00) in December. On Saturday, the Canadian leapt 1.82m (5-11.50) and now stands seventh in school history.

K-State Head Coach Cliff Rovelto said he was pleased with what he saw out of his team on Saturday. He believes the Wildcats showed depth in a number of events and he is excited to see more improvement as the season progresses.

Junior thrower Jacquelyne was strong in her first indoor action as she won the shot put by more than seven feet. Her toss of 15.29m (50-02.00) ranks seventh in school history as well.

“I thought all things considered it was a good day. We had a number of PR’s, but I was most impressed by some of the real quality marks that were turned in,” Rovelto said. “Things like Mantas in the 60, Alyx in the high jump, the depth of quality in the women’s hurdles and the women’s weight throw. I think we are on the right track and I look forward to watching our entire team compete in a couple of weeks at Iowa State.”

The men were without three All-Americans as high jumper Erik Kynard, hurdler Jeffrey Julmis and sprinter Martynas Jurgilas all did not compete on Saturday. They will all three compete at the Bill Bergen Invitational in two weeks at Iowa State. K-State will host another meet next Saturday as the Wildcat Invitational is set for an 11 a.m. start in field events and 3:30 p.m. for running events.

KSU Invitational Team Scores
K-State 80, Oklahoma State 32
K-State 80, UMKC 43
K-State 74, Tulsa 41
UMKC 57, Oklahoma State 33
Tulsa 53, Oklahoma State 28
UMKC 50, Tulsa 48

K-State 77, Oklahoma State 44
K-State 77, UMKC 36
K-State 77, Tulsa 35
Oklahoma State 63, UMKC 44
Oklahoma State 60, Tulsa 45
Tulsa 50, UMKC 46

K-State Results
Weight Throw
1: Tomaz Bogovic, 18.01m (59-01.25)
4: Ryan Hershberger, 16.56m (54-04.00)

1: Ali Pistora, 18.27m (59-11.25)
2: Jessica Carter, 18.18m (59-07.75) PR – 10th school history
3: Chelsie Bonds, 18.18m (59-07.75)

High Jump
1: Tomas Kirielius, 2.00m (6-06.75) – jumpoff
2: Joey Muzzio, 2.00m (6-06.75)
3: Devin Dick, 1.95m (6-04.75)

1: Alyx Treasure, 1.82m (5-11.50) – 7th school history
2: Joslyn Barnes, 1.64m (5-04.50)
3: Brooke Sharp, 1.59m (5-02.50)

Men’s Pole Vault
1: Kyle Wait, 4.95m (16-02.75)
2: Cameron Savage, 4.80m (15-09.00)
3: Tommy Brady, 4.35m (14-03.25)

Shot Put
1: Jacquelyne Leffler, 15.29m (50-02.00) PR – 7th school history
5: Ryann Krais, 11.98m (39-03.75) PR

1: Ryan Hershberger, 16.78m (55-00.75) PR
6: Tomas Kirielius, 13.38m (43-06.50)
8: Mantas Silkauskas, 12.43m (40-09.50)
9: Tony Granillo, 12.13m (39-09.75)

Long Jump
1: Richelle Farley, 5.72m (18-09.75)
2: Erica Twiss, 5.64m (18-06.00) PR

3: Tony Granillo, 6.30m (20-08.00)

Women’s Triple Jump
1: Sarah Kolmer, 11.43m (37-06.00)

60m Hurdles
1: Erica Twiss, 8.57 PR – 4th school history
2: Ryann Krais, 8.62 PR – T-5th school history
3: Richelle Farley, 8.66 PR – 7th school history
4: Mairead Murphy, 8.67 PR – 8th school history
7: Angela Hart, 9.23
10: Sarah Kolmer, 9.35 PR
11: Julia Zeiner, 9.62
12: Joslyn Barnes, 9.83

2: Devin Dick, 8.73
3: Tony Granillo, 8.82
4: Tomas Kirielius, 8.84

1: Samantha McKnight, 7.69
2: Kim Haberman, 7.83
4: Cenarda Jackson, 7.93

1: Mantas Silkauskas, 6.75
2: Dane Steen, 6.96
3: Grant Loescher, 7.04

1: Boglarka Bozzay, 2:52.33

4: Kyle Hanson, 2:26.49 – 9th school history
6: Tyler Tilton, 2:33.32

600Y – Men
1: Jacob Davies, 1:13.74

1: Sophia Alonso, 40.36 – meet record
3: Edina Brooks, 41.42
4: Samantha McKnight, 41.47

2: Chris Campbell, 35.24
4: Blaine Cash, 35.65
5: Grant Loescher, 35.75 PR
6: Dane Steen, 36.02
9: Gus Vazquez-Milan, 36.43

400M – Women’s
1: Avery Loyd, 1:01.65

6: Erika Schiller, 5:16.38

4x400 Relay
1: K-State A, 3:50.40 (Kolmer-Krais-Twiss-Bozzay)
2: K-State B, 3:58.55 (Alonso-Farley-Murphy-Barnes)

1: K-State A, 3:22.35 (Campbell-Cash-Hibbeler-Colomar)