`Cats Best Jayhawks, Shockers at KSU-KU-WSU Triangular

MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State Track and Field used a stellar overall performance by both the men's and women's squads to defeat Kansas and Wichita State in the KSU-KU-WSU Triangular at Ahearn Field House. The Wildcats combined to score 261 points, with Wichita State finishing second at 217 points and Kansas in third at 202 points.

The meet which revived the tradition of an annual Triangular between K-State, KU and Missouri that went from 1989-2006, also continued the tradition of victory for the team in purple and white. Prior to the meet ending in 2006, K-State had won eight-straight and 15 of 17 in the series overall.

Head coach Cliff Rovelto said the meet played out well for the Wildcats.

"The goal, big picture-wise, was to win the meet so we got that done," Rovelto said. "When I look at everything before the meet started, I felt the women could win by around 15 points and on the men's side that it would be very, very close. Both schools had some athletes last minute that were scratched and we had some self-inflicted mistakes, but in the end both the final scores, in terms of point differential, were just about what I thought. Although we did just squeak it out.

"But I really felt, overall, that we could have won the meet if we took care of business and we did, so I'm pleased about that."

Rovelto added the individual performances were solid.

"For the most part, I thought that people competed pretty well. There were some people that didn't compete well last week, individually, but today they competed much better so that was encouraging," Rovelto said. "But obviously, we really had some really, really good performances today. All-in-all we had some good stuff today."

Jones Earns Hi-Point Scorer of the Meet

Akela Jones continued an impressive start to her K-State career with perhaps the best showing by a Wildcat so far this season. Already with the 60-meter hurdle school record to her name, Jones, a transfer from Oklahoma Baptist, dominated her way to first-place finishes in the hurdles, as well as the long jump, while also taking second in the 60-meter dash and sixth in the shot put. Her performances gave her a total of 20 points to earn hi-point scorer of the meet.

Said Rovelto on Jones, who competed in a team-high four events, "I thought she did a really nice job, not just competing, and ending up with the results she did, but managing that whole chaotic situation."

The junior opened competition in the long jump, leaping 6.23m, 6.31m and 6.33m/20-09.25 in her first three tries to easily dispatch a field of eleven. Her final mark of 6.33m bested second-place finisher Jayhawk Sydney Conley's leap of 6.03m/19-09.50, while also putting her at No. 2 in school history in the event. The best mark in the event by a Wildcat since Nina Kokot set the school record at 6.43m/21-01.25, Jones' leap beat out her previous indoor PR of 6.26m/20-06.50 and was a Triangular meet record.

Far from finished, Jones earned another point for K-State by finishing sixth in the women's shot put (12.46m/40-10.50) and took to the track in the both the 60-meter and 60-meter hurdles. In the latter, Jones nearly bested her previous PR and school record mark set this season of 8.17, finishing first overall in 8.18 seconds - a Triangular meet record. She closed out her day with a second-place finish in the 60m, clocking in at 7.47 seconds to give her both a PR and the No. 4-fastest time in school history.

Women's Throwers Continue Rolling

Fresh off a visit to Lawrence last weekend that saw Sara Savatovic take first in the weight throw and both Dani Winters and Janee' Kassanavoid nab PRs, the trio managed to one up that performance with another stellar outing this afternoon.

For Winters, she continued a blazing start to the 2014-15 season, eclipsing PRs in both the weight throw and shot put. In the shot, Winters took first overall, chucking 16.19m/53-01.50 in her final attempt to defeat KU's Anastasiya Muchkayev. The mark bested her previous high of 16.11m/52-10.25 set at last weekend's Bill Easton Classic, while also further securing her spot at No. 4 in the program top-10. Prior to earning her first win of the season, the Plainville, Kansas, native first kicked off her day in the weight throw, taking fourth in an event that saw three Wildcats finish in the top-four. Unlike the shot, her final mark and personal best came on her first attempt of the morning, where she hit 18.57m/60-11.25.

Elsewhere in the women's weight throw, Sara Savatovic made it two-straight victories in the event, taking the top spot with a throw of 19.59m/64-03.25. Dating back to last season's opening Winter Invitational, Savatovic has now placed first in eighth of her last nine indoor meets, including Big 12s, in the event. Lastly, Kassanavoid PRed in the weight throw for a third-straight meet. The Johnson County CC transfer's progression this season has been impressive as she has hit 17.08m, 17.85m to now-18.72m/61-05 in her first three meets. Her latest effort had her finish behind only Savatovic, while also moving her to No. 8 in school history.

Dominance on the Track...

A'Keyla Mitchell nabbed 15.75 points for the Wildcats with first-place finishes in the 60m, 200m and as part of the 4x400 relay. In the sprints, the freshman broke her 200m school record of 23.97 with a time of 23.96 in the event and set the 60m meet record, clocking in at 7.41 seconds - the latter time nearly breaking her other school record set this season of 7.40. Mitchell, who has finished first in all six events competed in this season, finished off the afternoon setting a meet record alongside Sonia Gaskin, Tia' Gamble and Erica Twiss in the 4x400 relay. The foursome clocked in at 3:41.68 to easily take the top spot with the time besting the previous Triangular record of 3:48.48 set by Kansas in 2002.

• Along with the relay, both Gaskin and Gamble had solid individual showings. For Gaskin, she took first in the 800m, setting a new personal indoor PR en route to breaking the meet and facility record. The junior All-American clocked in at 2:08.12, narrowly besting her previous fastest and Ahearn Field House record time of 2:08.41. With the PR, Gaskin remained at No. 4 in the program top-10.

In the 600-yard run, Gamble placed first in 1:22.18 to squeak past KU's Adriana Newell (1:22.92) and set a meet record. The winning effort marked first win of the season, as well as bested a previous PR of 1:22.25 in the event. Gamble holds the eighth-fastest time in school history.

• Also securing W's for the women on the track were Mary Frances Donnelly and Marija Stambolic in the mile and 1000m, respectively. Donnelly, who already had wins in both the mile and 1000m this season, defeated a field of 10 by nearly four seconds with a personal best time of 4:56.82. Stambolic's victory turned out to be a lot closer with the sophomore just defeating Wichita State's Savannah Wright 2:57.69-to-2:58.50.

• On the men's side, freshman Terrell Smith continued his winnings way, while Christopher Campbell captured first-place in his first 600-yard run of the season. For Smith, he finished first in the 60m for the second time this season, clocking in at 6.77 to defeat fellow teammate Carlos Rodriguez (6.80). Both Smith and Rodriguez very nearly had another 1-2 finish in the 200m, but were disqualified due to lane violations.

Campbell, who ran 1:11.15 to outlast KU's Matt Anywio (1:12.78) and teammate Kain Ellis (1:13.22) in the 600-yard run, picked up his second individual win of the season.

• Also putting in strong efforts for the men's team on the track were Logan Smith, Adam Deterding, Reinis Kregers and the men's 4x400. Smith (1:53.99) narrowly defeated KU's Adel Yoonis (1.54.32) in his first 800m of the season, while both Deterding (8.09) and Kregers (8.33) PRed for a second-straight week in the 60-meter hurdles to finish first and third, respectively. Deterding's time, in particular, shattered his previous fastest time of 8.25 seconds, while also placing him at No. 8 all-time in program history.

Lastly, the men's 4x400 squad of Campbell, Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, Kaneil Harrison and Tyris Jefferson placed first in a time of 3:16.23 thanks to a strong anchor leg by Jefferson that saw him overtake KU's Kenneth McCuin - the Jayhawks would go onto be DQ'ed in the event for a lane violation.

Odds n' Ends

• Returning All-American Devin Field headlined several debuts for the Wildcats, taking first in the both the long and triple jump. Field, who earned first team honors in both events outdoors, cruised to both his victories. He first took first in the long jump, hitting 7.48m/24-06.50, placing just ahead of Jefferson (7.24m/23-09). Field would go onto to secure 14 points for the Wildcats by winning the triple jump with a leap of 15.43m/50-07.50.

• In the men's high jump, freshman Christoff Bryan kicked off his K-State career with a bang, clearing a meet record height of 2.25m/7-04.50 to take first overall. An IAAF World Youth Championships bronze medalist and Jamaica ISSA/Grace Kennedy Athletics high jump record holder, Bryan cleared the height in one try before bowing out at 2.28m/7-05.75.

On the women's side, Kim Williamson, a transfer from Central Arizona College and NJCAA outdoor high jump record holder, made her Wildcat debut. Williamson placed first in the event, clearing 1.78m/5-10 to finish above teammates Alyx Treasure, who made her season debut, and Rhizlane Siba.

• And finally, both Tommy Brady and Alyssa Kelly PRed en route to securing top-10 program marks and victories in their respective field events. Brady cleared 5.07m/16-07.50 in the pole vault to best a field of five, while also improving on his No. 7-best mark in school history of 5.06m/16-07.25. In the women's triple jump, Kelly leapt 12.46m/40-10.50 to finish ahead of teammate Nija Collier (12.28m/40-03.50). Kelly's winning effort helped her crack the K-State top-10 for the first time in her career, as she sits tied with Christine Ingram at No. 9.

What's Next?

The second of a home back-to-back continues with the inaugural DeLoss Dodds Invitational next weekend. The Wildcats will host Tulsa and Oklahoma State in a scored triple dual. More information on the invitational can be found by visiting www.kstatesports.com.

KSU-KU-WSU Triangular
Ahearn Field House
Manhattan, Kansas

Team Scores
1: K-State, 261 | 2: Wichita State, 217 | 3: Kansas, 202

K-State Results

1: Terrell Smith, 6.77
2: Carlos Rodriguez, 6.80

1: A'Keyla Mitchell, 7.41 - Meet record
2: Akela Jones, 7.47 - Personal best & 4th-best in school history
6: Erica Twiss, 7.63

--: Terrell Smith, DQ
--: Carlos Rodriguez, DQ

1: A'Keyla Mitchell, 23.96 - School & meet record
4: Zanri van der Merwe, 25.11

4: Kaneil Harrison, 50.45
6: Dane Steen, 51.38

2: Sarah Kolmer, 57.85
4: Keiteyana Parks, 58.70

1: Christopher Campbell, 1:11.15
3: Kain Ellis, 1:13.22

1: Tia' Gamble, 1:22.18 - Personal best, meet record & 8th-best in school history
5: Jordan Matthews, 1:27.27

1: Logan Smith, 1:53.99
6: Sam Oxandale, 1:57.46

1: Sonia Gaskin, 2:08.12 - Personal indoor best, meet record, facility record & 4th-best in school history
6: Kayla Doll, 2:20.99

5: Blake Goodin, 4:18.01
6: Lukas Koch, 4:18.15

1: Mary Frances Donnelly, 4:56.82 - Personal best
9: Morgan Wedekind, 5:14.70

3: Kevin Jantsch, 2:34.00
5: Blake Goodin, 2:38.51
1: Marija Stambolic, 2:57.69

6: Colton Donahue, 8:56.49
7: Jeff Bachman, 9:00.61

5: Laura Galvan, 10:17.47
6: Erika Schiller, 10:21.35

1: Adam Deterding, 8.09 - Personal best & 8th-best in school history
3: Reinis Kregers, 8.33 - Personal best

1: Akela Jones, 8.18 - Meet record
2: Erica Twiss, 8.31

1: Campbell-Otuonye-Harrison-Jefferson, 3:16.23

1: Gaskin-Gamble-Mitchell-Twiss, 3:41.68 - Meet record

High Jump
1: Christoff Bryan, 2.25m/7-04.50 - Meet record & T-6th-best in school history
2: Nate Gipson, 2.19m/7-02.25
4: Thilina Karunaratne, 2.09m/6-10.25

1: Kim Williamson, 1.78m/5-10.00
2: Alyx Treasure, 1.73m/5-08.00
3: Rhizlane Siba, 1.73m/5-08.00

Pole Vault
1: Tommy Brady, 5.07m/16-07.50 - Personal best & 7th-best in school history
4: Reinis Kregers, 4.62m/15-01.75

4: Megan Vanderpool, 3.51m/11-06.25
5: Kristen Petry, 3.36m/11-00.25

Long Jump
1: Devin Field, 7.48m/24-06.50
2: Tyris Jefferson, 7.24m/23-09.00

1: Akela Jones, 6.33m/20-09.25 - Indoor personal best, meet record & 2nd-best in school history
6: Zanri van der Merwe, 5.62m/18-05.25

Triple Jump
1: Devin Field, 15.43m/50-07.50
5: Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, 13.54m/44-05.25

1: Alyssa Kelly, 12.46m/40-10.50 - Personal best & T-9-best in school history
2: Nija Collier, 12.28m/40-03.00

Shot Put
3: Jason Coon, 15.59m/51-01.75
5: Reinis Kregers, 13.56m/44-06.00

1: Dani Winters, 16.19m/53-01.50 - Personal best & 4th-best in school history
6: Akela Jones, 12.46m/40-10.50

Weight Throw
5: Kale Mueller, 15.15m/49-08.50
6: Kyle Smith, 14.96m/49-01.00

1: Sara Savatovic, 19.59m/64-03.25
3: Janee' Kassanavoid, 18.72m/61-05 - Personal best & 8th-best in school history
4: Dani Winters, 18.57m/60-11.25 - Personal best