Krais, Messick Tally Wins in Big 12-SEC Challenge

Ryann Krais

Jan. 28, 2011

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Kansas State track and field teams started the first day of the Big 12-SEC Challenge with two wins to help the Big 12 women take the early lead in the two-day competition. K-State has joined forces with host Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Oklahoma to take on Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss and South Carolina in a conference versus conference meet.

Senior Sydney Messick notched the first win of the night for the Wildcats blowing past the field in the women's 5,000 meters. Messick dominated the race winning by more than 40 seconds clocking in at 17:22.78 with her nearest competitor finishing in 18:05.08. Messick's time was a new personal best and ranks her ninth in school history.

A host of Wildcats were in action in the women's pentathlon with Ryann Krais leading the way to win with 4,021 points and contributing 10 points to the Big 12's effort against the SEC. Krais remained near the top of the field throughout the competition and then left the field behind her in the final event to claim the win. Krais ran the 800 meters to best the competition by nearly 11 seconds and earn valuable points toward her win. Her total of 4,021 points rank fifth in K-State history and was just 20 points behind her personal best score from her two years at UCLA before transferring to K-State this fall.

Freshman Julia Zeiner also nearly surpassed her personal best in the pentathlon scoring 3,469 points to finish fifth and earn four points for the Big 12. Zeiner posted personal bests in the shot put and 800 meters and was just two inches shy of another in the long jump.

Sophomore Lauren Garrott finished ninth for K-State with her total of 3,379 points, less than 10 points off her best score. Sophomore Cenarda Jackson claimed 12th in the pentathlon with 3,191 points.

Prior to the 5,000 meters, the tandem of Boglarka Bozzay, Mercedes Perry, Meghan Heuer and Martina Tresch clocked in at 11:41.88 in the distance medley relay to rank sixth in school history and finish fourth.

In the men's heptathlon senior Moritz Cleve finished the first day of action with 2,924 points to stand in sixth place with the field trailing Florida's Gray Horn. Sophomore Tomas Kirielius finds himself in ninth place with 2,774 points after the first four events of the heptathlon.

K-State and its Big 12 compatriots will conclude the Big 12-SEC Challenge on Saturday beginning with the final three events of the heptathlon. The running events are slated to start at 12:30 p.m. from the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium with the women's 60 meter hurdles. Field events begin at 1:30 p.m. with the triple jump for a full day of action.

K-State Results
Pentathlon
1: Ryann Krais, 4,021 points, 5th school history (60H: 8.80, 952 pts; HJ: 5-07.00, 855 pts; SP: 35-02.00, 577 pts; LJ: 18-01.75, 709 pts; 800M: 2:12.55, 928 pts)
5: Julia Zeiner, 3,469 points (60H: 9.37, 834 pts; HJ: 5-04.50, 783 pts; SP: 27-03.25, 419 pts; LJ: 18-05.00, 732 pts; 800M: 2:29.35, 701 pts)
9: Lauren Garrott, 3,379 points (60H: 9.08, 893 pts; HJ: 5-02.25, 712 pts; SP: 35-05.00, 581 pts; LJ: 15-06.75, 490 pts; 800M: 2:29.17, 703 pts)
12: Cenarda Jackson, 3,191 points (60H: 9.90, 731 pts; HJ: 5-02.25, 712 pts; SP: 37-00.25, 614 pts; LJ: 17-04.25, 640 pts; 800M: 2:47.07, 494 pts)

Heptathlon Day 1
6: Moritz Cleve, 2,924 points (60M: 7.28, 785 pts; LJ: 21-11.50, 741 pts; SP: 44-00.75, 693 pts; HJ: 6-02.25, 705 pts)
9: Tomas Kirielius, 2,774 points (60M: 7.46, 726 pts; LJ: 21-02.00, 686 pts; SP: 43-06.00, 683; HJ: 6-01.25, 679 pts)

Distance Medley Relay
Women
4: Bozzay-Perry-Heuer-Tresch, 11:41.88 (6th school history)

5000M
Women
1: Sydney Messick, 17:22.78 PR (9th school history)