K-State Notches Multiple PR Efforts in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – K-State Track and Field saw multiple athletes record personal bests against a crop of tough Division I competition at the New Mexico Team Invitational. Held in the Albuquerque Convention Center, the Wildcat women finished fourth (79.50) and the men placed fifth (59) in a scored meet that pitted 10 Division I schools against each other.

In the Field…

Dani Winters PRed in the shot put for a fourth-consecutive meet, this time marking 16.73m/54-10.75 to place second overall. Winters hit her personal best on her second to last throw of the afternoon, finishing runner-up to UCLA’s Torie Owers (16.83m/55-02.75). The junior thrower’s latest effort moved her closer to overtaking the No. 3 spot in school history, as she is now only .01m away from Pinkie Suggs’ mark of 16.74m/54-11.25. Her mark also currently ranks as the seventh-best mark in Division I.

• The Wildcats swept the high jump with Alyx Treasure tying a personal indoor best to take the top spot for the women and Nate Gipson at least seven feet for the second time this season to come out victorious on the men’s side. Treasure, who competed in her second meet so far this season, cleared 1.83m/6-00 on her second attempt of the afternoon at the height to narrowly defeat UCLA’s Zibby Boyer, who also cleared 1.83m, but placed second as she registered seven failed clears to Treasure’s six. The returning All-American has now cleared the height three different times during her K-State indoor career and is the 11th women’s high jumper to clear at six feet this season in Division I. Also of note was Kim Williamson, who cleared a season-best 1.79m/5-10.50 to finish third overall in the event.

On the men’s side, the freshman Gipson continued to impress, clearing 2.16m/7-01 and go three-for-three in attempts at his first three heights to claim the victory over Alabama’s Justin Fondren and Arizona State’s Bryan McBride. Gipson, who holds a season best mark of 2.19m/7-02.25, entered today’s meet as the No. 4 high jumper in the Big 12

Alyssa Kelly nabbed a personal best in the triple jump for a second-consecutive meet, hitting 12.57m/41-03 to place fifth overall. The junior reached the result in her second-to-last jump of the afternoon, improving upon her previous PR of 12.46m/40-10.50 set at this season’s Triangular. She now holds the seventh-best mark in school history, with her performance the best by a Wildcat to date since TiAra Walpool marked 12.98m/42-07 at Big 12s in 2009.

• In the pole vault, both Tommy Brady and Megan Vanderpool improved upon their top-10 program marks. For Brady, the senior cleared 5.12m/16-09.50 on his first try at the height to take third overall. The mark improved upon his previous personal best of 5.07m/16-07.50 set at this season’s Triangular, as well as moved him to the No. 6-spot in program history. Vanderpool, meanwhile, cleared 3.58m/11-09 in the women’s pole vault to tie for ninth. The freshman bested her previous best of 3.56m/11-08 to remain holding the No. 8-spot in program history.  

• Elsewhere in top-five finishes in the field, Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye leaped 7.43m/24-04.50 in his long jump season debut to finish third, while Sara Savatovic took fourth in the women’s weight throw with a final throw of 19.21m/63-00.25.

On the Track…

• Freshman Terrell Smith shined in the sprints for K-State, notching a third-place finish in the men’s 200m and eighth-place finish in the 60m final. Running at altitude, Smith improved his season-bests in both events while also tying an at altitude school record in the process. In the 60m, Smith clocked 6.75 to qualifying for the event final. He went onto finish eighth in the final against some of the top sprinters in the country, registering a time of 6.69 seconds – tying him with teammate Carlos Rodriguez, who accomplished the feat in 2013, for the fastest time in school history by a Wildcat sprinter at altitude in the event.  

Smith followed that performance by placing third in the 200m, clocking 21.13 seconds. Rodriguez and Dane Steen also ran the event, with the former finishing seventh in 21.44 and latter placing 18th in 22.10.

Sonia Gaskin snagged a victory in the women’s 600-meter, defeating a field of five competitors by nearly four seconds. The junior clocked 1:29.92 with 200m splits of 27.492-30.105-32.33 to earn the victory. Gaskin went onto join a 4x400 relay squad that included Erica Twiss, A'Keyla Mitchell and Tia' Gamble. The foursome, who set the school record in the event earlier this year, finished the relay in 3:35.62, behind only Arizona State – the Sun Devils’ time of 3:35.43 got them the first-place finish by less than a half-second. 

• Both Twiss and Gamble registered notable efforts in their individual events on the track as well. In the 60-meter hurdles, Twiss took first overall in the event prelims in a time of 8.28 seconds, before finishing second (8.34) in the hurdles final. Gamble, on the other hand, ran a second 400m dash, finish fifth overall in a time of 55.07. She was joined by teammates Keiteyana Parks, who placed eighth in 56.45, and Jordan Matthews, who finished 16th in a time of 58.38.

• Lastly, on the men’s side, the Wildcats registered four top-five finishes in the 400m, 800m and 4x400. Christopher Campbell led the way in the 400m, placing second overall in 47.48 seconds, while Logan Smith and Kain Ellis finished second (1:52.12) and fourth (1:52.91), respectively, in the mid-distance event. Both Campbell and Smith teamed up with Rodriguez and Otuonye later to take fourth overall in the relay with a final time of 3:11.16 – .01 behind third-place finishing Utah State (3:11.15).

What’s Next?

The Wildcats continue their road trip, stopping in Lincoln, Nebraska next weekend for the Sevigne Husker Invitational on Jan.6-7. For more information on K-State’s 2014-15 indoor campaign to date, visit www.k-statesports.com.

New Mexico Team Invitational
Albuquerque Convention Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico

K-State Results

Team Scores
1: UCLA, 74 | 2: Arizona State, 72 | 3: California, 62 | 4: New Mexico, 60 | 5: K-State, 59 | 6: Alabama, 58
7: Utah State, 55 | 8: TCU, 55 | 9: Air Force, 53 | 10: UTEP, 37

1: UCLA, 93 | 2: New Mexico, 91.50 | 3: Alabama, 80.50 | 4: K-State, 79.50 | 5: Arizona State, 65.50 | 6: UTEP, 64
7: California, 41.50 | 8: Utah State, 29 | 9: TCU, 20 | 10: Air Force, 11.50

60m (Finals)
8: Terrell Smith, 6.69 aa – Ties school record for fastest mark at altitude

60m (Prelims)
8: Terrell Smith, 6.75q aa
19: Dane Steen, 6.95 aa

3: Terrell Smith, 21.13 aa
7: Carlos Rodriguez, 21.44 aa
18: Dane Steen, 22.10 aa

5: Zanri van der Merwe, 24.75 aa

2: Christopher Campbell, 47.48 aa
14: Kaneil Harrison, 49.69 aa

5: Tia' Gamble, 55.07 aa
8: Keiteyana Parks, 56.45 aa
16: Jordan Matthews, 58.38 aa

1: Sonia Gaskin, 1:29.92 aa

2: Logan Smith, 1:52.12 aa
4: Kain Ellis, 1:52.91 aa

60H (Finals)
2: Erica Twiss, 8.34 aa

60H (Prelims)
1: Erica Twiss, 8.28q aa

4: Campbell-Rodriguez-Otuonye-L. Smith, 3:11.46 aa

2: Gaskin-Gamble-Mitchell-Twiss, 3:35.62 aa

High Jump
1: Nate Gipson, 2.16m/7-01
9: Thilina Karunaratne, 2.06m/6-09
11: Miles Bearden, 2.01m/6-07

1: Alyx Treasure, 1.83m/6-00 – Ties personal best & 7th-best in school history
3: Kim Williamson, 1.79m/5-10.50
6: Rhizlane Siba, 1.69m/5-06.50
T7: Rachel Proteau, 1.69m/5-06.50

Pole Vault
3: Tommy Brady, 5.12m/16-09.50 – Personal best & 6th-best in school history

T9: Megan Vanderpool, 3.58m/11-09 – 8th-best in school history

Long Jump
3: Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, 7.43m/24-04.50
7: Tyris Jefferson, 7.22m/23-08.25

7: Zanri van der Merwe, 5.62m/18-05.25
14: Erica Twiss, 5.47m/17-11.50

Triple Jump
5: Alyssa Kelly, 12.57m/41-03 – Personal best & 7th-best in school history

Shot Put
--: Jason Coon, FOUL

2: Dani Winters, 16.73m/54-10.75 – Personal best & 4th-best in school history

Weight Throw
4: Sara Savatovic, 19.21m/63-00.25
6: Dani Winters, 18.01m/59-01.25
7: Janee' Kassanavoid, 17.83m/58-06