Day I Recap: N.M. Classic and Husker Invite

Feb. 7, 2014

Results: New Mexico Classic | Sevigne Husker Invitational K-State AthleticsManhattan, Kan. - K-State Track and Field had a busy Friday with athletes competing in both Albuquerque, N.M., for the New Mexico Classic and Lincoln, Neb., for the Sevigne Husker Invitational. In all, the Wildcat athletes combined for five first-place finishes, five personal bests set and several marks in K-State top-10.

Jumpers Make Noise in Albuquerque

The talented foursome of Jharyl Bowry, Devin Field, Tyris Jefferson and Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye has been a consistent source of success for the Wildcats, as all but one of the four has placed first in the long jump at some point this season. In tonight's action, it was once again Field's turn to take over for K-State in the event. Fresh off a career best showing at last weekend's Bill Bergan Invitational, Field one upped that performance with a new personal best mark and second-straight first place finish. The sophomore's jump of 7.69m/25-02.75 shattered his previous best of 7.53m/24-08.50, as well as placed him firmly within the K-State top-10 at No. 6. Field's latest winning effort was also an overall season-best for the Wildcats in the long jump and he now holds both the best mark in the Big 12 and No. 8 in Division I.

Keeping with the long jump theme, sophomore Tyris Jefferson and senior Erica Twiss also put in stellar performances in the event. For Jefferson, his jump of 7.40m/24-03.50 was not only good enough for third-place in the event, but also marked the second time this season he has set a personal best. In the women's long jump, Twiss kept the streak of setting a personal best in every meet this season alive. Her jump of 6.12m/20-01.00 easily beat her previous best of 5.94m/19-06.00 set at this season's Wildcat Invitational, while also placing her at No. 6 in K-State history.

Another dominant storyline to the 2014 season kept true, as sophomore Sara Savatovic won yet again in the women's weight throw. The Crvenka, Serbia native is now a perfect 6-0 on the season in the event as her throw of 19.67m/64-06.50 easily dispatched the field by well over a meter. Also competing in the event was Dani Winters, who set a personal best for the second straight week and finished third with a mark of 18.32m/60-01.25.

On the track, Carlos Rodriguez flew past a field of 39 total competitors to take first in the 200 meter. Racing at altitude, Rodriguez finished with a time 21.06 seconds, only .05 seconds off his career best altitude time of 21.01 set at last season's Don Kirby Open. Rounding out the winning performances for the `Cats were Tia Gamble and Angela Hart, who had a heat to themselves in the 400 meter hurdles, as the two finished first and second overall, respectively, in the event.

Action tomorrow in Albuquerque is set to start early with the women's shot put at 10:45 a.m. Live results will be made available and can be found by visiting K-State Track and Field's schedule page and clicking on the meet's tab.

Tresch Stars in Lincoln

There wasn't nearly as much as action going on for K-State at the Husker Invitational, as only four total athletes competed, but senior Martina Tresch had a noteworthy performance nonetheless.

Competing in the 5000 meter for the first time this season, Tresch outpaced a field of 13 for a first-place finish and new personal indoor best in the event. Winning in a time of 16:42.53, Tresch not only set a personal best, but also put herself at No. 4 all-time in K-State history. It was no doubt an impressive performance for the Rueti, Switzerland native, who now holds the top time in the Big 12 and the 16th-best mark in Division I.

Tresch, along with the several of K-State's men's and women's distance runners, will keep busy tomorrow in the final day of competition at the Husker Invitational. Action is set to start at 10 a.m., with the final men's heptathlon events and live results can be found by visiting  

New Mexico Classic
Albuquerque Convention Center
Albuquerque, N.M.

K-State Results

60 meter
1: Carlos Rodriguez, 21.06
7: Dane Steen, 21.74

400 meter hurdles
1: Tia Gamble, 1:00.63
2: Angela Hart: 1:01.15

Long Jump
1: Devin Field, 7.69m/25-02.75 - Personal best & 6th-best in school history
3: Tyris Jefferson, 7.40m/24-03.50 - Personal best
7: Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, 7.18m/23-06.75

4: Erica Twiss, 6.12m/20-01.00 - Personal best & 6th-best in school history
8: Merryl Mbeng, 5.74m/18-10.00
T12: Alyssa Kelly, 5.48m/17-11.75
T12: Zanri van der Merwe, 5.48m/17-11.75

High Jump
4: Zach Riley, 2.13m/6-11.75

4: Alyx Treasure, 1.73m/5-08.00
6: Rachel Proteau, 1.68m/5-06.00

Pole Vault
7: Kyle Wait, 5.20m/17-00.75
13: Cameron Savage, 4.90m/16-00.75

Weight Throw
2: Alex Roe, 18.01m/59-01.25

1: Sara Savatovic, 19.67m/64-06.50
3: Dani Winters, 18.32m/60-01.25 - Personal best

Sevigne Husker Invitational
Devaney Center Indoor Track
Lincoln, Neb.

K-State Results

18: Fernando Roman, 15:43.34

1: Martina Tresch, 16:42.53 - ID Personal Best  & 4th best in school history

Weight Throw
10: Kale Mueller, 14.91m/48-11.00
12: Kyle Smith, 14.18m/46-06.25