Winters Sets School Record at Husker Invite

LINCOLN, Neb. - Junior Dani Winters highlighted K-State Track and Field's showing at the 40th annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, registering a personal best and school record performance in the women's shot put. Winters, who took first in the event, was one of 10 Wildcats to record top-10 finishes in their respective events at the two-day road meet in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Winters' Dominance in Shot Put Continues

Dani Winters continued a dominant stretch of performances in the shot put with her best one yet, notching a personal best and K-State Track and Field program record mark of 17.45m/57-03 to take first in the event. Winters, who had PRed in four-consecutive meets prior to Saturday's action, hit the record throw on her fourth attempt to move past former Wildcat Rebekah Green in the K-State record books - Green set the previous school record in 2003 at 17.28m/56-08.50. Also her second win in the event this season, Winters was the only competitor in a field of 21 to mark over 16 meters.

Head coach Cliff Rovelto said the junior thrower's latest effort was well-deserved.

"Obviously it is a tremendous mark," Rovelto said. "Dani and [throws coach Greg Watson] have done a tremendous job working together. It is well-deserved that is her performance, she has worked hard."

With her first-place finish, Winters was named the meet's most outstanding female performer. Her marked bested her previous PR of 16.73m/54-10.75 and is currently the top mark in the Big 12, second-best in Division I and 14th-overall in the world. 

The Rest in Notable Performances...

Megan Vanderpool notched a pole vault season-best in day one action on Friday, clearing 3.62m/11-10.50 to take 15th. The height cleared marked the third-straight meet Vanderpool has eclipsed a previous season-high, as well as moved her to No. 6 in the K-State top-10. It was the best performance by a Wildcat pole vaulter indoors since Nancy Harrington cleared 3.85m/12-07.50 in 2008 at the Air Force Open.

• On the track, Laura Galvan clocked a career-best 9:46.00 in the special invitational women's 3000m to finish third in a field of 13 runners. The senior Wildcat bested her previous fastest time of 9:48.72 set at the 2012 Big 12 Indoors by well over two seconds. Also of note, in the non-special invite 3000m, Morgan Wedekind (10:00.95) placed fourth and Jeff Bachman (8:42.30) seventh in their respective races.

Sara Savatovic and Janee' Kassanavoid both notched top-10 finishes in the women's weight throw. Savatovic, who took fourth overall, marked 19.25m/63-02 on her third throw of the day to earn the top-five finish. Kassanavoid, on the other hand, nearly eclipsed her previous personal best of 18.72m/61-05 with a final mark of 18.59m/61-00 to finish seventh overall.

• Seniors Carlos Rodriguez and Logan Smith competed in the 200m and 800m, respectively. Rodriguez finished 17th out 45 runners, clocking 21.79 seconds in the process to narrowly finish outside of the event's top-15 - 15th-place finisher Jaishawn Thompson of Colby Community College had a time of 21.78. Smith, on the other hand, finished seventh in the special invitational 800m. His time of 1:53.20 was his second-fastest in the event this season.

Colton Donahue, Kayla Doll and Marija Stambolic all recorded top-10 finishes in the mile run. For the men, Donahue clocked 4:20.82 to place 10th out of 19 competitors, while Doll (5:10.36) and Stambolic (5:12.55) finished seventh and ninth, respectively, on the women's side.

• Friday's action also saw multiple notable performances on the track. In the women's 5K, Wildcat Jenny McCarty led the way, placing 12th in 18:05.98. Teammate Mady Nestor joined McCarty in the event top-15 with a 15th-place finish in 18:49.15. Keiteyana Parks, meanwhile, ran a season-best 56.92 seconds in the 400m to finish 17th overall, while teammate Jordan Matthews finished 33rd in 58.85 seconds. On the men's side, Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye in his first 400m of the season placed 25th in 49.27.

What's Next?

K-State finishes up its regular season road slate with a trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas next weekend for the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 13-14. The Wildcats have only two more meets, including the K-State Open at home on Feb. 20, before Big 12s at the end of the month. For more information on K-State's upcoming schedule, visit www.k-statesports.com.


Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational
Bob Devaney Sports Center
Lincoln, Nebraska

K-State Results

Saturday (2/7/15)
200m
Men
17: Carlos Rodriguez, 21.79

800m (Special)
Men
7: Logan Smith, 1:53.20

Mile
Men
10: Colton Donahue, 4:20.82
--: Lukas Koch, DQ

Women
7: Kayla Doll, 5:10.36
9: Marija Stambolic, 5:12.55

3000m (Special)
Women
3: Laura Galvan, 9:46.00 - Personal best
11: Erika Schiller, 10:12.53

3000m
Men
8: Jeff Bachman, 8:42.30
14: Blake Goodin, 8:51.05

Women
4: Morgan Wedekind, 10:00.95

Pole Vault
Men
14: Tommy Brady, 5.01m/16-05.25

Shot Put
Men
23: Jason Coon, 14.72m/48-03.50

Women
1: Dani Winters, 17.45m/57-03 - Personal best & school record

Friday (2/6/15)
60m (Prelims)
Men
31: Dane Steen, 6.98

400m
Men
25: Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, 49.27
45: Kaneil Harrison, 50.46

Women
17: Keiteyana Parks, 56.92
33: Jordan Matthews, 58.85

5000m
Women
12: Jenny McCarty, 18:05.98
15: Mady Nestor, 18:49.15

Pole Vault
Women
15: Megan Vanderpool, 3.62m/11-10.50 - 6th-best in school history
19: Kristen Petry, 3.32m/10-10.75

Weight Throw
Men
21: Kyle Smith, 15.41m/50-06.75

Women
4: Sara Savatovic, 19.25m/63-02
7: Janee' Kassanavoid, 18.59m/61-00