Wildcats Excel in Ames

Jan. 31, 2014

ResultsK-State AthleticsAMES, Iowa. – K-State Track and Field concluded its second day at the Bill Bergan Invitational with strong performances from both the men’s and women’s squads. On the day, 13 total Wildcats competed, combining for four first-place finishes, several personal best marks, a meet record and a clinic in the long jump.  

Headlining today’s action were Devin Dick and Sara Savatovic with excellent performances in their respective events, the men’s heptathlon and women’s weight throw.  

Dick picked up his first career heptathlon victory with a score of 5,505 points. The Outdoor All-American in the event last season, Dick, along with five other competitors, kicked off the Bill Bergan Invitational yesterday with four of the seven total events in the heptathlon. After day one, Dick led the pack and did not relinquish his lead despite tight competition with Iowa State’s Taylor Sanderson (5,245 points).

The Hutchinson, Kan., native was buoyed by a career-best performance in the shot put. His mark of 13.72m/45-00.25 bested his previous high of 13.61m/44-08.00 set at last season’s Bill Bergan Invitational and ranks sixth-best by a heptathlete in school history. As a whole, Dick won four of the seven events – long jump, shot put, high jump and pole vault – including three of the four events competed in on day one of competition.  He finished in the top three of the other three events as well – 60 meter, 60 meter hurdles and 1000 meter.

Savatovic, who has yet to lose in the weight throw this season, destroyed the competition with a throw of 20.59m/67-06.75. The mark was good enough for yet another personal best, her third time setting one this season, and set a new Bill Bergan Invitational meet record.

Only a sophomore, Savatovic has flown up the K-State top-10 list, now sitting at third-best in school history. She has held the top Big 12 mark in the event all season and her latest effort puts her at tied for 10th-best in Division I.

In the long jump, the Wildcats simply dominated the overall event.

Alyssa Kelly, who set a personal best at last weekend’s K-State Invitational, defeated the field with a mark of 5.62m/18-05.25. For the sophomore, it’s her first win at the Bill Bergan Invitational after finishing third in the event at last season’s meet. Also competing in the event was freshman Zanri van der Merwe, who in only her third meet as a Wildcat, finished third with a mark of 5.38m/17-08.00.

In the men’s long jump, the Wildcats deployed Jharyl Bowry, Devin Field, Tyris Jefferson and Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye. Field led the pack with a personal best mark of 7.53m/24-08.50, while Bowry, Jefferson and Otuonye finished 2-3-4 in the event, respectively, in a field of thirteen. It was a dominant performance for a foursome that has abused competition this indoor season, as with Field’s effort today, each athlete now holds a top-7 mark in the Big 12.  

In the women’s pentathlon, Erica Twiss set a personal best score. Falling just short of winning the event, Twiss’ score of 4,023 points was less than 100 points behind the winning score of 4,117 points by Wisconsin’s Deanna Latham. Despite the loss, Twiss’ mark still ranks seventh-best in school history and destroyed her previous best, set at this season’s Carol Robinson Pentathlon, of 3,905 points. Also competing for the Wildcats in the pentathlon were Sarah Kolmer, who finished fourth with a personal best score of 3,718, and Joslyn Barnes, who finished sixth with a score of 3,666 points.

Rounding a strong day for the Wildcats were two personal best performances in the weight throw. Sophomore Dani Winters set another personal best in the women’s weight throw with a mark of 18.11m/59-05.00, while, on the men’s side, Alex Roe chucked a personal best 18.09m/59-04.25 – good for fourth place.

The rest of the track and field events continue tomorrow in the final day of action at the Bill Bergan Invitational. Festivities are expected to get started at 10 a.m. with the women’s 3000 meter. Live results can be found under the meet’s tab on K-State Track and Field’s schedule page.

Bill Bergan Invitational
Lied Recreation Center
Ames, Iowa

K-State Results

Men’s Heptathlon
1: Devin Dick, 5505 pts
60m: 7.27 – 789 pts
LJ: 7.01m/23-00.00 – 816 pts
SP: 13.72m/45-00.25 – 711 pts – Personal best and 6th-best in school heptathlon history
HJ: 1.98m/6-06.00 – 785 pts
60H: 8.39 – 886 pts
PV: 4.60M/15-01.00
1000m: 2:53.65 – 728 pts

Women’s Pentathlon
2: Erica Twiss, 4023 pts – Personal best and 7th-best in school history
60H: 8.34 – 1,052 pts
HJ: 1.71m/5-07.25 – 867 pts
SP: 9.89m/32-05.50 – 522 pts
LJ: 5.36m/17-07.00 – 660 pts
800m: 2:12.95 – 922 pts

4: Sarah Kolmer, 3718 pts – Personal best
60H: 9.17 – 875 pts
HJ: 1.50m/4-11.00 – 621 pts
SP: 12.53m/41-01.50 – 696 pts
LJ: 5.45m/17-10.75 – 686 pts
800m: 2:18.79 – 840 pts

6: Joslyn Barnes, 3666 pts
60H: 9.58 – 792 pts
HJ: 1.77m/5-09.75 – 941 pts
SP: 10.38m/34-00.75 – 554 pts
LJ: 5.15m/16-10.75 – 601 pts
800m: 2:23.37 – 778 pts

Long Jump
1: Devin Field, 7.53m/24-08.50 – Personal best and 10th-best in school history
2: Jharyl Bowry, 7.41m/24-03.75
3: Tyris Jefferson, 7.27m/23-10.75
4: Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, 7.24m/23-09.00

1: Alyssa Kelly, 5.62m/18-05.25
3: Zanri van der Merwe, 5.38m/17-08.00

Weight Throw
4: Alex Roe, 18.09m/59-04.25 – Personal best

1: Sara Savatovic, 20.59m/67-06.75 – Personal best, meet record and 3rd-best in school history
3: Dani Winters, 18.11m/59-05.00 – Personal best