Silkauskas Sets School Record

Mantas Silkauskas

Jan. 22, 2011

Complete Results

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Junior heptathlete Mantas Silkauskas highlighted a day filled with fast times and high marks on Saturday at the Wildcat Invitational. The Kansas State Wildcats combined for a handful of personal records and two meet records to go with what head coach Cliff Rovelto said was an all-around good day from his team.

Silkauskas ran past the field in the 60 meter hurdles crossing the line in 7.80 seconds to tie the school record and Ahearn Field House facility record while breaking the Wildcat Invitational meet record. Silkauskas’ yell echoed through the building when his time was posted on the timing clock. He was not the only Wildcat to see success in the hurdles.

Denise Baker crossed the line in 8.52 seconds, not far off her personal best time, while keeping pace with assistant coaches Kasey Hill and Bettie Wade. Hill set a meet record with her time of 8.47 seconds with Wade challenging right behind at 8.48. Hill and Wade competed unattached in a number of events each.

The Wildcat combined events athletes showed well in a number of events with Moritz Cleve finishing second in the men’s hurdles at 8.24 seconds, a time Rovelto said he was pleased with this early in the season. Cleve also pole vaulted 15-01.00. On the women’s side Ryann Krais leapt 5-08.00 in the high jump while throwing the shot put 35-06.75 feet. A grouping of female pentathletes competed in the long jump as well with all three Julia Zeiner, Cenarda Jackson and Lauren Garrott jumping close to the personal bests.

Long jumper Nina Kokot jumped for the first time this season and posted a mark of 20-02.25. Last season, Kokot made her season debut at the Big 12 Indoor Championship and set the school record at 20-10.00.

Sprinter Martynas Jurgilas improved his personal best time in the 60 meters for the second straight week clocking in at 6.79 seconds to win the event. The time also moves him into sixth place by himself in the K-State record book.

K-State’s throwers had strong performances again with Ammina AgBoga and Ali Pistora each posting personal bests in the women’s weight throw, while freshman Ryan Hershberger improved his best throw by a 18 inches to win the men’s shot put.

The Wildcats head to College Station, Texas, next week for a two-day meet at Texas A&M that will pit the Big 12 Conference against the Southeastern Conference. Four teams from each conference will join forces for a team scored meet in the Big 12-SEC Challenge.