Silkauskas, Bozzay Shine in Wildcat Invitational

Boglarka Bozzay

Jan. 21, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – It was a successful day at the track for the Kansas State Wildcats as they hosted the Wildcat Invitational, but it was two Wildcats in particular who stole the show at Ahearn Field House. Boglarka Bozzay and Mantas Silkauskas each put their names in the record books.

Action go underway in the morning with the field events, but the running events started off with excitement as Bozzay set a meet record in the women’s 1,000 meters clocking in at 2:48.01. The time was not as fast as her personal best, but early in the season she and mid-distance coach Michael Smith set the goal of breaking the meet record on Saturday. The meet record was previously held by K-State great Amy Mortimer at 2:49.06 set in 2001.

The next event was the 60 meter hurdles and Mantas Silkauskas blew by the field then flexed his muscles and let out a scream when the time of 7.69 seconds was announced. The time was a new school record and meet record. Perhaps most important, however, it is faster than the NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 7.70 seconds to qualify for the NCAA Championship in May. Not only was it an auto mark, it also is the No. 1 time in the NCAA this season before seeing results from other meets this weekend.

Another strong mark came from senior hurdler Jeffrey Julmis in the event. In his first action on the year, Julmis overcame a slow start to finish second with his time of 7.83 seconds. That time stands in a tie for sixth in the NCAA before seeing other results this weekend.

“Mantas’ performance was special,” K-State Head Coach Cliff Rovelto said. “Jeff had a nice opener considering coming off surgery and a poor start out of the blocks. I thought Boglarka looked good and very comfortable running today.”

After setting a meet record in the 1,000 meters, Bozzay then set her sights on another record. This time she broke the meet record in the mile run crossing the line in 4:55.45. That time also was not up to par with her previous best time, but was near her goal time for the meet and was the record she wanted. Distance runner Martina Tresch followed Bozzay in the mile finishing in 5:04.27 to claim second and be just off her personal best time.

In all, the Wildcats won 16 events on the day seeing much success in the field events. K-State claimed the women’s weight throw again with Ali Pistora leading the way. The senior posted a personal best for the second time this season with a mark of 61-01.50 (18.63m) to also move into a tie for seventh in school history. The mark also is tied for 30th in the nation so far. Chelsie Bonds and Jessica Carter followed in second and third place for another dominant performance in the event by the women.

Tomaz Bogovic won the men’s weight throw with his mark of 59-08.25 (18.19m) and newcomer Chris Gattman finished second. Jacquelyne Leffler won the women’s shot put at 49-05.00 (15.06m) and Ryan Hershberger won the men’s event with a mark of 54-00.50 (16.47m) to make it a clean sweep for the Wildcats in the throwing events.

Continuing with the solid day in the field events, Cameron Savage cleared four more bars than the rest of the field in the men’s pole vault. Savage posted a season-best height of 16-06.75 (5.05m). That mark ties sophomore Kyle Wait’s best of the season and ties for 42nd in the nation.

“Cameron jumped well in the vault,” Rovelto said. “He’s still jumping on small poles and recognizes that his takeoff can improve.”

Freshman high jumper Alyx Treasure posted another win, leaping 5-10.00 (1.78m) to just miss her mark from last week.

Armando Del Valle claimed first in the men’s 1,000 meters clocking in at 2:27.31. He was followed by newcomer Ryan Hershner. A pair of freshman finished 1-2 for the men’s team in the 800 meters with Tyler Tilton edging Logan Smith by .01 seconds finishing in 1:57.16. K-State also took the top four spots in the men’s 600 yard run led by Jacob Davies.

K-State closed the meet with victories in the men’s and women’s 4x400 relay with freshmen Sarah Kolmer and Sophia Alonso each running strong legs for the women.

The Wildcats will now turn their attention to the Bill Bergen Invitational next week at Iowa State for multiple days of action. K-State will have nearly its entire team in action for the team scored meet, and the combined events specialists will participate in the respective pentathlon and heptathlon.