Records Fall in Arkansas

Mantas Silkauskas

Feb. 11, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Mantas Silkauskas broke the school record in the 60 meter hurdles for the second time this season crossing the finish line in a blazing 7.74 seconds at the Tyson Invitational on Friday. Silkauskas set the record in the semifinals of the meet and later ran 7.88 seconds in the final to finish fourth overall.

It was a successful day for the Wildcats on the track in Arkansas at the Tyson Invitational with two school records falling. Nina Kokot jumped 21-01.25 to finish fourth in the women’s long jump special invitational surpassing her own record by 3.25 inches. She was the highest finishing collegian in the field and the leap is good enough to rank her third in the NCAA at this point.

Also competing at the Tyson Invitational, Denise Baker posted a personal record for the third straight week in the 60 meter hurdles advancing to the finals and finishing eighth in the deep and talented field. Baker ran 8.41 seconds in the final. Baker ran consistently all day tying her previous PR of 8.42 seconds in the semifinals. She also ran 8.48 in the preliminaries.

Head Coach Cliff Rovelto said it was a great day for the Wildcats in Arkansas and he was very pleased with his athletes competing in the Tyson Invitational.

“Mantas was great,” Rovelto exclaimed. “Nina was very good and I think could have been even better. Denise was great as well. I’m very proud of her improvements over the last couple of years.”

Jeffrey Julmis also ran the 60 meter hurdles for the men in Arkansas and advanced to the semifinals by clocking in at 7.95 seconds in the prelims. He ran 8.00 in the semis to miss out on the final. Martynas Jurgilas ran the 60 meter dash for the Wildcats finishing 16th overall by running 6.87 seconds in the consolation race. He clocked in at 6.75 seconds in the semifinals and ran 6.72 in the preliminaries as well.

The Wildcats also saw a number of good performances at the Iowa State Classic from a group of distance runners and combined events specialists. Sarah Swenson made her debut for the Wildcats finishing 15th in the women’s 5,000 meters. Phillip Banowetz followed by finishing sixth in the men’s 5,000 meters to start the day for K-State in Ames.

Two women posted personal records for K-State in the 200 meters. Sophomore pentathletes Cenarda Jackson and Lauren Garrott each improved on their fastest time with Jackson crossing the finish line in 25.73 seconds cutting more than two-tenths off her PR. Garrott ran 26.32 shaving a few hundredths off her fastest time as well.

Heptathletes Isaac Mallory and Tomas Kirielius each competed in the long jump on Friday with Mallory posting a PR. Mallory jumped 22-07.25 to finish 16th in the meet. Kirielius was just short of his best jump leaping 21-07.50. Each will compete in the 60 meter hurdles on Saturday in preparation for the heptathlon at the Big 12 Championships in two weeks.

Also, K-State assistant coach Kasey Hill competed in the pentathlon on Thursday winning the event handily. Hill finished first in all five events for a total score of 4,218 points.

The Wildcats will continue action at both meets on Saturday. The ISU Classic will have a large group competing for K-State with a full day’s action along with a handful of Wildcats at the Tyson Invitational.