Wildcats Sweep Multis at Bill Bergan Invitational

Ryann Krais

Jan. 27, 2012

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AMES, Iowa - The Kansas State Wildcats made a statement on Friday at the Bill Bergan Invitational with the conclusion of the multi-events at the Lied Recreation Center. Senior Mantas Silkauskas dominated the men's heptathlon for the Wildcats while senior Ryann Krais did the same for the women in the pentathlon. K-State not only took first place in both events, but the men claimed the top three spots and the women the top four.

Silkauskas continued building on his lead from the first day of action leading the day off with another fast time in the 60 meter hurdles. He completed the two days worth of action and seven events with a score of 5,780 to win the heptathlon by 340 points over junior transfer Devin Dick.

Krais was in command throughout much of the five events on Friday to win the pentathlon with 4,073 points. She was followed by newcomer Mairead Murphy as she scored 3,898 points to rank seventh in school history. It was her first combined events competition in some time after focusing on the hurdles over the last few years in her native Ireland.

K-State Director of Track and Field Cliff Rovelto said it was a strong showing from his Wildcats and he praised his newcomers for putting on impressive performances for the team. He believes the multi-events can be strength for both the men and women in 2012.

"Overall, this was a very good team effort," Rovelto said. "Mantas had a very strong meet and was very comfortable throughout. I was extremely impressed with all of our new kids for both the men and women. They all competed very well.

"Ryann did a solid job. She had been a little under the weather during the break and is just now starting to get over a strain. The hurdles show she is basically back to normal."

Dick transferred to K-State this season from Wichita State after battling some injuries and he scored 5,440 points in his first heptathlon as a Wildcat. That score is enough to stand in 10th in school history and Rovelto praised him for his ability to come out of the gates strong.

"Devin is amazing," Rovelto said. "After the health issues to come back and destroy his PR in his first competitive multi in over a year is unbelievable. He is going to be very good."

Also very good for the Wildcats was redshirt freshman Erica Twiss. She finished third behind Murphy with her new personal best score of 3,826 to rank eighth.  

"Erica got to show what she is capable off after a stress fracture last year," Rovelto said. "Mairead was super. She hasn't competed in multis in years and had a huge PR just missing her national record."

A group of freshmen also performed well for the women. Joslyn Barnes used a big high jump mark to climb the standings and she ended up in fourth place with her score of 3,697 points. Sarah Kolmer was competing in her first-ever pentathlon and she finished fifth with a total of 3,592 points. Sophomore Julia Zeiner rounded out the field for K-State as she came in seventh out of the 13 athletes in the field.

In addition to Silkauskas and Dick for the men, junior Tomas Kirielius was not too far off his personal best score as he finished third with 5,042 points. Newcomer Tony Granillo finished fourth with his total of 5.041 to give K-State the top four finishers.

Saturday will be a full day of action at the Bill Bergan Invitational hosted by Iowa State. The Wildcats will be in action against a number of teams from the region in a team scored meet. Fans can follow the action online with live results available at cyclones.com. Updates will also be posted on Twitter via the handle @kstate_gameday.

K-State Heptathlon Results
1: Mantas Silkauskas, 5,780
2: Devin Dick, 5,440 - PR, 10th school history
3: Tomas Kirielius, 5,042
4: Tony Granillo, 5,041

K-State Pentathlon Results
1: Ryann Krais, 4,074
2: Mairead Murphy, 3,898 - PR, 7th school history
3: Erica Twiss, 3,826 - PR, 8th school history
4: Joslyn Barnes, 3,697
5: Sarah Kolmer, 3,592
6: Julia Zeiner, 3,384