Silkauskas Leads Heptathlon at Iowa State

Mantas Silkauskas

Jan. 26, 2012

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AMES, Iowa - After the first four events of the men's heptathlon at the Bill Bergan Invitational, Mantas Silkauskas leads by nearly 140 points with a trio of teammates also posting strong numbers on Thursday. Silkauskas scored 3,232 points to stand atop the standings and lead former Big 12 Conference champion Nick Adcock.

The heptathlon started off fast for Silkauskas as he crossed the finish line in 6.78 seconds in the 60 meter dash to score 962 points. No other competitor in the field of 10 athletes ran the event in less than 7.00 seconds to give the Lithuanian a large lead after the first event. He then was the only competitor to jump farther than 7.00 meters in the long jump with his mark of 7.27m (23-10.25) to build on his lead.

In the shot put, Silkauskas posted his best mark of the early season with his toss of 12.61m (41-04.50). Junior Tomas Kirielius showed strong in the shot put as well and had the best clearance in the high jump along with teammate Devin Dick at 1.97m (6-05.50). Silkauskas leapt 1.94m (6-04.50) to miss his personal best in the event by four centimeters.

With their good showing in the high jump Dick and Kirielius helped move up the standings to third and fourth, respectively, heading into Friday's final three events. Tony Granillo posted his best marks of the season in the long jump and shot put to find himself in seventh place after the first day of action.

The final three events of the heptathlon are slated to start at 1 p.m. from the Lied Recreation Center on campus at Iowa State. Silkauskas will look to build on his lead even further after running the third fastest time in the NCAA this season last weekend in the 60 meter hurdles at 7.69 seconds. The men will then pole vault and run the 1,000 meters to close the heptathlon.

K-State will have six Wildcats competing in the women's pentathlon on Friday as well, which will start immediately following the men's 60 meter hurdles. Senior Ryann Krais high lights the large group of Wildcats competing and looking to score big for K-State in the event.

Bill Bergan Invitational Heptathlon Day 1 Standings
1: Mantas Silkauskas, 3232 points
3: Devin Dick, 3014 points
4: Tomas Kirielius, 2945
7: Tony Granillo, 2796 points