Wildcats Post Strong Numbers at Two Meets

Feb. 4, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State track and field team split up this weekend for two highly competitive meets, and the Wildcats posted impressive numbers at both the Sevigne Husker Invitational and the New Mexico Collegiate Classic with high jumper Erik Kynard highlighting the weekend with the top jump in the nation this season again.

Friday night at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic, Kynard battled with professional jumper Jamie Nieto and got the win as he cleared 2.31 meters (7-07.00) for the second time this season. Kynard cleared the bar on his first attempt at the height. He then missed his attempts at 2.35m (7-08.50) trying to set the new Albuquerque Convention Center facility record.

High jump was a strong event for the Wildcats at New Mexico as freshman Alyx Treasure finished third in a strong field with her jump of 1.82m (5-11.50). It also was her second time to clear that height this season as she currently ranks seventh in the NCAA.

The women's combined events athletes dominated the 60 meter hurdles again at the New Mexico Classic with the Wildcats finishing 1-2-3 with all three of them running new personal best times. Senior transfer Mairead Murphy left the field behind her as she crossed the line in 8.44 seconds for the victory. Her previous best this season was 8.65. Redshirt freshman Erica Twiss finished second with her fastest time of 8.50 seconds. Richelle Farley took third with her time of 8.56. Murphy's time moves her to third in school history. Twiss moves into fourth, and Farley is now tied for fifth. Senior Ryann Krais also ran well for the Wildcats running in 8.62 seconds to finish seventh.

On the men's side in New Mexico, senior Jeffrey Julmis ran a solid time of 7.76 seconds to post another win for the Wildcats. Multi-event specialist Mantas Silkauskas finished fourth with his time of 7.87, and newcomer Tarique Hill took sixth in 8.22 seconds. Carlos Rodriguez claimed second in the 60 meter dash running in 6.79 seconds in just his second indoor competition. Samantha McKnight has been running fast for the women this season, and she was one-hundredth of a second off her personal best clocking in at 7.63 seconds to finish fifth.

The women's multis then joined forces with freshman Sophia Alonso for the 4x400 relay and took home first place. Freshman multi-eventer Sarah Kolmer ran the first leg with Twiss, Alonso and Krais finishing it out. K-State clocked in at 3:42.75 for its fastest time of the season. The time also ranks third in school history.

On Friday night in the long jump, Twiss posted a new personal best mark leaping 19-01.50 to finish third. The mark was 7.50 inches better than her previous best as a Wildcat. Murphy took 11th with her leap of 17-08.25. Mantas Silkauskas finished fifth for the men jumping 23-06.75.

"I thought all the sprints were solid in New Mexico," said K-State Head Coach Cliff Rovelto. "The multis are doing a good job. Alyx and Erik jumped well Friday night, and the women's 4x4 ran really well. The freshmen were very impressive."

The shining performances were not limited to New Mexico as mid-distance runner Boglarka Bozzay continued her senior campaign going strong with another victory in the 800 meters at the Husker Invitational. She clocked in at an impressive 2:06.00 to win the women's special invitational 800 and narrowly miss out on her goal of breaking the school record. Bozzay was less than half a second off the pace to now rank second in school history.

K-State's distance runners saw success in Nebraska with a number of Wildcats improving on their fastest times of the season. Laura Lee Baird finished sixth in the mile clocking in at 5:07.08 cutting more than two seconds off her time last week at Iowa State. Ryan Hershner took fourth for the men in the event with his time of 4:12.70 to take nearly two seconds off his best time of the season as well. Armando Del Valle led a group of Wildcats in the men's 800 clocking in at 1:52.63 to tie for third with Rice's Dan Sloat.

Laura Galvan ran 10:02.87 while finishing second in the 3,000 meters to keep the strong numbers coming in for the distance runners. Her time was nearly 14 seconds faster than her finish at Iowa State last week. Avery Clifton also shined for the Wildcats in the event coming in fourth with her time of 10:07.02.

Assistant Coach Michael Smith said it was a good meet for the Wildcats, especially in his event area as he coaches the distance runners.

"We had some nice improvements from people we expect to contribute at the Big 12 meet three weeks from now," Smith said. "I thought Boglarka rean very well today. I was happy with her time but more impressed with her competitive fire. She is running to win her races and has been able to win from the front and with a kick. She is developing skills that will serve her well at the Big 12 and NCAA level."

Ryan Hershberger finished eighth in the shot put on Saturday with his mark of 56-01.00. The distance was short of his personal best set last week at Iowa State, but Smith praised his performance as Hershberger has been putting up consistent marks as the season has progressed toward the indoor championship meets.

On Friday night at the Husker Invitational, K-State's throwers and pole vaulters were in action along with a group of sprinters. Chelsie Bonds claimed third in the women's weight throw with her best mark of the season at 18.72 meters (61-05.00). Jessica Carter took sixth and was just 2.75 inches shy of her personal best at 59-05.00.

Sophomore Kyle Wait finished sixth in the pole vault with his clearance of 16-02.75. He has cleared that height or higher in all four meets he has competed in this season now. Freshman Cameron Savage took 11th place.

In the sprints, Angela Hart ran her fastest time of the season at 9.03 in the 60 meter hurdles. Martynas Jurgilas was the only other sprinter in action Friday as he ran 7.09 seconds in the 60 meter dash.

The Wildcats split up again next week when a group will head back to the Lied Recreation Center for the Iowa State Classic. Another group of Wildcats will go to Arkansas for the Tyson Invitational in what is traditionally one of the biggest meets of the year.