Jones, Kregers Dominate at Jayhawk Classic

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Akela Jones and Reinis Kregers had banner days for K-State Track and Field in day two of the Jayhawk Classic, both notching personal bests en route to victories in the pentathlon and heptathlon, respectively. Kregers, who led the multi after day one, cruised to victory in day two action, while Jones won four of five events in the pentathlon to secure the multi victory in her Wildcat debut in the event.

Joining Kregers and Jones in action were fellow multis Adam Deterding, Max Estill, Sarah Kolmer and Joslyn Barnes with both Deterding and Kolmer notably finishing second on their respective sides.

Jones Continues Dominant Start to K-State Career

Akela Jones has had an exceptional start to her career, to say the least. The junior-transfer from Oklahoma Baptist already has made her way into the K-State top-10 in three separate events, including a school-record 60H time of 8.17, and holds top-10 DI marks in both the hurdles and long jump. Her latest victory, coming in her Wildcat debut in the pentathlon only added to her long list of accolades.

Jones scored 4,402 points in the five event multi, securing not only a personal best, but setting the Anschutz Sports Pavilion facility record and second-best program mark in the process. She once again made her way into the K-State record books, notching school pentathlon records in the 60-meter hurdles (8.21), long jump (6.38m/20-11.25) and top-10 program marks in the multi as well in the high jump (1.82m/5-11.50) – 3rd) and shot put (12.78m/41-11.25 – 6th). Her long jump mark, in particular, established a new personal indoor best and is currently the fifth-best mark in all of Division I.

Head coach Cliff Rovelto said even with the impressive mark, Jones has room to grow and be even better down the road.

“She really did a pretty nice job throughout,” Rovelto said. “She didn’t have the warm-up she would have liked to have had in the hurdles, the timing and so forth, so even though she ran pretty fast, I know she is capable of running at least a tenth-of-a-second faster. The high jump, the end result was good, but she took a lot of jumps to get there and the shot put, it’s a decent number, but she threw a meter farther last week [13.99m/45-10.75] so there’s definitely more there obviously. And with the long jump, her best jump wasn’t even on the board, which was probably in the 6.60m range.

“So through four events, I think she can compete with anybody in the country. What we got to do is get significantly better in the 800, I don’t think that’s so much a physical thing as it is mental.”

Aside from former Wildcat All-American and Olympian Austra Skujyte, who holds the school record mark of 4,439 points, no K-State athlete has had such a dominant effort in the pentathlon. Jones nearly eclipsed Skujyte’s mark, falling three seconds short in the 1000m to tally the necessary score, but still set a personal best in the event of 2:34.75

Jones is one of only three multis in Division I to have eclipsed 4,400 points.

Kregers Cruises to Victory with PR Effort

On the men’s side, Reinis Kregers was just as dominant in the heptathlon, securing first-place finishes in six of the multi’s seven events. His final tally of 5,777 points easily bested his previous high 5,534 points set at last year’s Big 12, while also moving him to No. 4 in the K-State top-10.

Said Rovelto, “I think Reinis had a great meet. Over a 200-point personal best, had a number of PRs, even the events that weren’t PRs were basically right at his [personal best]. He did a great job, I really felt there wasn’t anything he did that I didn’t think he was ready to do so I am not at all surprised. But having said that, going out and doing it is a different story so I thought he did a really, really nice job handling everything.”

A returning All-American in the decathlon, Kregers opened competition at a scorching pace setting personal bests in the 60m (7.11 – T-9th) and long jump for indoors (7.08m/23-02.75 – 7th) with both marks, along with his shot put mark (14.26m/46-09.50 – 5th), ranking within the program heptathlon top-10. He held a commanding lead, scoring 3,252 pts in the first day of competition.

In day two, Kregers cruised to victories in both the 60-meter hurdles and pole vault, setting a personal best in the latter event by clearing 4.75m/15-07 – also tied for second-best in school heptathlon history. Kregers nearly secured seven wins in seven events, but narrowly lost to teammate Adam Deterding, who clocked 2:45.18 to Kregers’ 2:45.46, still a personal best, in the 1000m.

With his latest effort, Kregers vaulted himself in the Division I top-five in the multi-event.

#KStateTF Notables…

• Competing alongside Kregers were Adam Deterding and Max Estill. Deterding placed second behind Kregers with 4,945 points, besting his previous high in the multi of 4,898 set at last year’s Big 12s. For the sophomore, he notched personal bests in the 60m (7.27), shot put (12.60m/41-04.25) and 1000m (2:45.18). His time in the 1000m was good enough for eighth-fastest in school heptathlon history.

Estill, a freshman from Richardson, Texas, competed in his first ever heptathlon, taking sixth overall. His best performance of the multi came on day one, where he cleared 1.94m/6-04.25 in the high jump to take third overall.

• For the women, Sarah Kolmer and Joslyn Barnes both competed in their second pentathlon of the season. Kolmer was the runner-up to Jones, using strong efforts in the 60H (9.19) and 800m (2:21.60) to score a season-best 3,680 points. Barnes’ day, meanwhile, was highlighted by a personal best throw in the shot put of 11.35m/37-03.

What’s Next?

K-State continues action this week with the rest of the Wildcats taking on nine Division I schools at the New Mexico Team Invitational tomorrow, Jan. 31, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Action is expected to begin at 9:30 a.m. For up-to-the-minute K-State Track and Field updates, follow @kstate_gameday under #KStateTF.

 
Jayhawk Classic
Anschutz Sports Pavilion
Lawrence, Kansas

K-State Results

January, 30, 2015
Heptathlon (Day Two)
1: Reinis Kregers, 5,777 pts – Personal best & 4th-best in school history
60M: 7.11 – 844 pts – Personal best & T-9th-best in school heptathlon history
LJ:  7.08m/23-02.75 – 833 pts – Indoor personal best & 7th-best in school heptathlon history
SP: 14.26m/46-09.50 – 744 pts – 5th-best in school heptathlon history
HJ: 2.03m/6-08 – 831 pts
60H: 8.43 – 877 pts
PV: 4.75m/15-07 – 834 pts – Personal best & T-2nd in school heptathlon history
1000M: 2:45.46 – 814 pts – Personal best & 9th-best in school heptathlon history

2: Adam Deterding, 4,945 pts – Personal best
60M: 7.27 – 789 pts – Personal best
LJ: 6.40m/21-00 – 675 pts
SP: 12.60m/41-04.25 – 643 pts – Personal best
HJ: 1.85m/6-00.75 – 670 pts
60H: 8.52 – 855 pts
PV: 3.55m/11-07.75 – 496 pts
1000M: 2:45.18 – 817 pts – Personal best & 8th-best in school heptathlon history

6: Max Estill, 4,292 pts
60M: 7.37 – 755 pts
LJ: 6.21m/20-04.50 – 632 pts
SP: 8.87m/29-01.25 – 418 pts
HJ: 1.94m/6-04.25 – 749 pts
60H: 9.54 – 631 pts
PV: 3.45m/11-03.75 – 469 pts
1000M: 3:02.66 – 638 pts

Pentathlon
1: Akela Jones, 4,402 pts – Personal best, 2nd-best in school history & Anschutz facility record
60H: 8.21 – 1,082 pts – School pentathlon record & Anschutz facility record
HJ: 1.82m/5-11.50 – 1,003 pts - T-8th-best in school & 3rd-best in school pentathlon history
SP: 12.78m/41-11.25 – 713 pts – 6th-best in school pentathlon history
LJ: 6.38m/20-11.25 – 969 pts – Personal indoor best, 2nd-best in school history & school pentathlon record
800M: 2:34.75 – 635 pts – Personal best

2: Sarah Kolmer, 3,680 pts
60H: 9.19 – 871 pts
HJ: 1.52m/4-11.75 – 644 pts
SP: 12.38m/40-07.50 – 686 pts
LJ: 5.42m/17-09.50 – 677 pts
800M: 2:21.60 – 802 pts

--: Joslyn Barnes, DNF
60H: 9.37 – 834 pts
HJ: 1.64m/5-04.50 – 783 pts
SP: 11.35m/37-03 – 618 pts – Personal best
LJ: 5.02m/16-05.75 – 565 pts
800M: DNS

January 29, 2015
Heptathlon (Day One)
1: Reinis Kregers, 3,252 pts
60M: 7.11 – 844 pts – Personal best & T-9th-best in school heptathlon history
LJ:  7.08m/23-02.75 – 833 pts – Indoor personal best & 7th-best in school heptathlon history
SP: 14.26m/46-09.50 – 744 pts – 5th-best in school heptathlon history
HJ: 2.03m/6-08 – 831 pts

2: Adam Deterding, 2,777 pts
60M: 7.27 – 789 pts – Personal best
LJ: 6.40m/21-00 – 675 pts
SP: 12.60m/41-04.25 – 643 pts – Personal best
HJ: 1.85m/6-00.75 – 670 pts

4: Max Estill, 2,554 pts
60M: 7.37 – 755 pts
LJ: 6.21m/20-04.50 – 632 pts
SP: 8.87m/29-01.25 – 418 pts
HJ: 1.94m/6-04.25 – 749 pts