Wildcats Claim Second at Adidas Classic

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Kansas State track and field team got its first taste of true team competition Saturday traveling to Nebraska for the Adidas Classic. The Wildcats finished second in both the men's and women's competition behind Nebraska with Missouri, Colorado State, Air Force and Wichita State behind them.

K-State's men scored 86.50 points to finish second behind Nebraska that came away with 206 points for the meet. The women's squad tallied 106 points and trailed Nebraska by 61. Points were awarded to the top six finishers in each event to come up with team points.

The Wildcats left Lincoln on Saturday with four event titles with the men and women each claiming two. TiAra Walpool leapt past the field in the women's triple jump with a new personal best mark of 41-00.25. Emilee Morris notched K-State's other victory for the women's team winning the mile run in 5:01.97 shattering her previous best time by nearly seven seconds.

Erik Kynard, Jr. got another win in the men's high jump leaping 7-02.25 and for the second time this season for another NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Ben Love ran a personal record of 48.81 seconds in the 400 meters to get a win and tallying 10 points for K-State's men.

K-State was able to score bunches of points in a number of events with multiple Wildcats placing in the top six to earn points toward the team effort.

The women's weight throw saw K-State show its depth and strength in the event with Chelsie Bonds taking second place with a new personal best throw of 59-10.50. Amanda Boor finished fourth with Ali Pistora right behind her for the women to score 14 points in the event.

The long jump also saw good results from the women with Kim Haberman finishing fifth and Stephanie Hejde taking sixth. The Wildcat women also had a trio score in the mile. Emily Dittemore finished fourth and Laura Lee Baird came in sixth to combine with Morris to net 15 points.

Two women scored in the 400 meters for K-State with freshmen Lauren Garrott and Cenarda Jackson finishing second and fourth, respectively.

K-State Results

For the men, Kynard was not alone scoring in the high jump. Fellow freshman Derek Jerde soared to a new personal best finishing third with his jump of 6-10.25. Michael Healey came in fifth for the men at 6-06.25.

The pair of Same James and Jacob Davies took second and third in the men's 800 meters, and a trio scored in the men's 60 meter hurdles. Jeffrey Julmis improved his best time to 7.84 seconds to mark his second NCAA provisional time of the season in as many meets and move up to second in school history while placing second. Balazs Baji finished fifth, and Moritz Cleve came in sixth shaving .01 off his best time in the event. In the women's hurdles, Denise Baker took more than one-tenth of a second off her fastest time clocking 8.53 seconds for the second-fastest time in school history as well.

The Wildcats will return to action for another team scored meet next weekend at Iowa State for the Bill Bergen Invitational.

Team Standings
Nebraska, 206
K-State, 86.50
Missouri, 83
Colorado State, 59
Wichita State, 52.50
Air Force, 40

Nebraska, 167
K-State, 106
Missouri, 86
Wichita State, 79
Air Force, 47
Colorado State, 41

- k-statesports.com -