Dick, Barnes Take Second in Multi-Events

Joslyn Barnes

Jan. 25, 2013

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AMES, Iowa – K-State track and field displayed its depth in the multi-events on Friday at the Bill Bergan Invitational and posted some impressive numbers in the process. Senior Devin Dick finished second in the men’s heptathlon after two days of action and tallied personal records in three of the events along with his final score of 5,465 points to finish second place behind Texas-Arlington’s Romain Martin. Tomas Kirielius came away in third place in the heptathlon and four Wildcats were in action in the women’s pentathlon.

Kirielius claimed third place with 5,294 points for a new personal best as well, and Dick’s score moves him into ninth in school history for the hepathlon. Dick also now stands fifth on the NCAA list this season with many other athletes set to compete in heptathlons in the coming weeks. Kirielius is currently eighth.

Kirielius and Dick both ran off their normal speed in the hurdles to start day two of the heptathlon but quickly responded with the best pole vault performances of their careers.

Dick finished third in the discipline and improved his personal best mark by five centimeters up to 4.70 meters (15-05.00). That mark ties him for fourth in school history for a pole vault in a heptathlon. Kirielius also had a PR in the pole vault, making a large jump to 4.40 meters (14-05.25), raising his PR by six inches.

All day Dick was able to hold onto second place, and with his big mark in the pole vault he solidified his stance going into the final event where he maintained.

“Those scores are PRs for both of them,” said K-State head coach Cliff Rovelto. “I thought Devin could be in the 5,500-plus range, and Tomas could be 5,300, so they weren’t that far off. I think they were both pretty solid, except for one event for each of them. Devin was pretty solid. There wasn’t anything disappointing. They’re both are on track to do what we hope they can do at the conference championship meet.”

The women were led by sophomore Joslyn Barnes with her second-place finish and 3,569 points. Barnes posted PRs in two of the five events and was very close in two others.

“Joslyn had a good meet, except for the high jump,” Rovelto said. “I thought she could be 3,700-plus, and if she jumps what she is capable of, she’s right there. Everyone had one event where they were a little off in, but they weren’t that far off of what we thought they were capable of at this point.”

To open the day, Richelle Farley ran the 60 meter hurdles in 8.63 seconds to win the event while K-State volunteer coach Bettie Wade finished second competing unattached. Freshman Brooke Rowland posted a personal best time of 9.10 seconds. Farley was in second place heading into the long jump and withdrew following the event after fouling all three attempts. Rowland also withdrew heading into the long jump.

Sophomore Sarah Kolmer had a strong meet with a PR in the shot put and times or marks close to her previous bests. She, too, fouled in the long jump, but still remained in the competition to run the 800 meters. She paced the race from the starting gun to the finish just seconds off her fastest time.

K-State senior Tony Granillo also competed in the heptathlon unattached as he does not have indoor eligibility this season. He finished eighth with his score of 5,012 points. Volunteer assistant coach and post-collegiate athlete training with Rovelto, Bettie Wade won the pentathlon with her score of 4,170 points.

The Wildcats will be in action for a full slate of events on Saturday for the conclusion of the Bill Bergan Invitational. It will be a team scored meet with K-State taking on some of the top teams in the nation. Hosting Iowa State’s women are ranked No. 9 in the nation, and Wisconsin’s men are No. 8 with the Badgers’ women ranked No. 10.