Baker Cooks Up Meet Record

Denise Baker

Feb. 18, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State track and field team had another strong performance on Saturday hosting the KSU Open with senior Denise Baker dominating the 60 meter hurdles and setting a new meet record.

Head coach Cliff Rovelto has mentioned the improvement of senior Denise Baker on multiple occasions this season, and Saturday was another opportunity. Baker had set a new personal record in the 60 meter hurdles three weeks in a row heading into this weekend’s action. In the finals on Saturday, Baker did more than just shave one-hundredth off her fastest time. This time Baker shed nearly an entire tenth of a second off her PR clocking in at 8.32 seconds to blow past the field by 0.29 seconds.

Baker was not the only Wildcat to post a PR on Saturday. Mercedes Perry won the women’s 400 meters crossing the finish line in 1:00.77. In total eight Wildcats tallied PRs on Saturday, and a handful more had season-highs in their respective events.

Four additional Wildcats won their events with two claiming victory in running events and two in the field. Ben Love won the men’s 400 meters with his time of 49.29. Jeffrey Julmis defeated the field in the men’s 60 meter hurdles running 7.83 seconds, recovering from a poor start out of the blocks. In the women’s long jump, Kim Haberman won with her leap of 18-07.25.

In the women’s weight throw, Chelsie Bonds led the way for a pack of Wildcats. Bonds had a season-high throw of 58-08.50 to post the win. K-State had the top three finishers in the women’s event as well with Ali Pistora tying her personal best of 58-07.50 for the second straight week. Jessica Carter made her Wildcat debut finishing third with her throw of 57-05.00. Ammina AgBoga also finished fifth for K-State. For the men, Tomaz Bogivic had his best throw of the season finishing third at 60-02.50 to rank ninth in school history.

K-State also saw success from a group of pole vaulters with three finishing in the top five. Isaac Mallory posted a new PR at 16-00.75 adding more than five inches to his previous best. Dezso Szabo posted the same height for his best vault of the season. Freshman Kyle Wait finished fifth with a strong showing of 15-07.00.

The Wildcats will return to action next week when they take on the rest of the conference at the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships in Lincoln, Neb. The meet is set to start Friday from the Devaney Center with two days full of action.