Wildcats Dominate KSU Invitational

Ryann Krais

Jan. 15, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State Wildcats returned to action on the track and field on Saturday with a number of impressive performances at the KSU Invitational. The men and women combined for 16 personal best marks and one meet record on the day while also tallying wins in the triple dual team format.

The day opened with wins by high jumper Erik Kynard and Chelsie Bonds in the women’s weight throw. From there, the Wildcats continued to register wins and show improvement in nearly every event.

Freshman women’s high jumper Brooke Sharp finished third with her leap of 5-05.00 to improve on her personal best. The women again showed their strength in the weight throw with Ammina AgBoga finishing third in her debut with the Wildcats. Ali Pistora and Amanda Boor followed to give K-State four of the top five spots.

Kim Haberman improved her personal best in the long jump by seven inches to win the event with a jump of 19-04.00. K-State made it a double-dip with Deszo Szabo winning the men’s long jump as well at 22-8.50. Senior TiAra Walpool won the women’s triple jump to maintain K-State’s dominance in the jumps on Saturday with her leap of 41-03.00.

When the running events got underway, the Wildcats kept the momentum rolling from the earlier field events with Denise Baker winning the women’s 60 meter hurdles with a meet record time of 8.55 seconds. Haberman later won the women’s 60 meter dash as well to give her two titles on the day. Martynas Jurgilas won the men’s 60 meters with a new personal best time of 6.82 seconds to tie for sixth in school history.

The men’s team took the top four spots in the 600 yard run as the mid-distance runners showed they are on pace early in the season. Sam James got the win crossing the line in 1:12.81. The group of Jacob Davies, Ben Love and Francisco Colomar followed right behind.

K-State defeated Oklahoma State, Tulsa and UMKC each on both the men’s and women’s side in a team scored dual meet with points awarded for the top four finishers in each event. The Oklahoma State men came into the competition ranked No. 19 in the USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings and K-State was right behind at No. 20. The Cowboys did not bring some of their top distance runners, who helped provide points toward the No. 19 preseason ranking, and K-State did not have some of its top performers compete as well.

Team Dual Scores
Men
K-State 57 Oklahoma State 21
K-State 59 UMKC 13
K-State 52 Tulsa 32
Oklahoma State 31 UMKC 25
Tulsa 40 Oklahoma State 15
Tulsa 45 UMKC 24

Women
K-State 48 Oklahoma State 28
K-State 51 UMKC 17
K-State 42 Tulsa 35
UMKC 33 Oklahoma State 32
Tulsa 34 Oklahoma State 32
Tulsa 43 UMKC 24