Wildcats Finish Strong as Big 12s Loom

Feb. 22, 2014

ResultsK-State AthleticsMANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field finished its indoor home slate with stellar performances from both the men’s and women’s teams at the K-State Open. The late-night affair resulted in nine first-place finishes, several personal bests set as well as a couple athletes moving up the K-State top-10 charts.

Treasure Ties a Personal Best

Battling back from injury for most of the season, junior Alyx Treasure had her best performance to date, as she placed first in the high jump with a mark of 1.83m/6-00.00. For the All-American, her latest effort tied an indoor personal best that ranks seventh-best in K-State history.

Head coach Cliff Rovelto was impressed with not only Treasure’s final result, but her overall performance.

“For Alyx, I think that’s big,” Rovelto said. “She’s looked good in training, but it’s been so long since she’s competed, I think she needed that for her confidence. I’m sure she is really excited about the [1.83], but I’m more excited about the fact that she had three decent attempts at [1.86], which is a PR [personal record].

“She didn’t freak out; they were good, solid attempts so, to me, that was the really positive thing to see.”

Treasure’s mark is the best jump by a K-State women’s high jumper since she, herself, cleared a personal-best 1.84m/6-00.50 on March 31, 2012 at the Texas Relays. The Prince George, B.C., Canada native also now holds the best jump in the Big 12 this season and the mark puts her squarely in competition for a slot to compete in the NCAAs at tied for seventh in Division I.

Gaskin Adds to a Sensational Sophomore Campaign

Sonia Gaskin continued her torrid pace into the K-State top-10s with a meet record performance in the 800 meter run. Her time of 2:08.41 smoked the competition by nearly 25 seconds, as her latest winning performance put her at fourth all-time in the event’s top-10.

Rovelto had plenty of praise for the sophomore’s display in the 800 meter.

“Obviously Sonia ran really well all by herself,” Rovelto said. “That was a great effort.”

Gaskin, this season, has now set meet records in the 800 meter twice, as well as set a new personal best for the second time. She also improved her home record in the event to a spotless 3-0.

Solid Effort for the Combined Events Athletes

K-State saw impressive performances in multiple events from combined events athletes Merryl Mbeng, Joslyn Barnes, Devin Dick and Reinis Kregers.

For the women, Mbeng and Barnes both set or tied personal bests in the 60 meter hurdles. Mbeng’s time of 8.66 seconds tied her previous best set at last season’s Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon, while Barnes passed her previous best of 9.34 with a time of 9.21 seconds. Making their personal best efforts all the more impressive was both Mbeng and Barnes competed in the high jump at the same time of the hurdles, as Barnes finished an impressive second and Mbeng tied for fifth.

Rovelto said both athletes used this “tune-up” meet for the Big 12 Indoor Championships well.

“I thought Joslyn high jumped well and PRed in the hurdles so that was a real positive,” Rovelto said. “Merryl tied a PR in the hurdles and felt comfortable in the high jump.

“Those two accomplished exactly what he had hoped to accomplish.”

On the men’s side, All-American Devin Dick shattered his personal best in the shot put with a mark of 14.75m/48-04.75. The chuck beat his previous high, set at this season’s Carol Robinson, of 13.96m/45-09.75 and placed him fifth overall in the event. Also with a personal best effort was Kregers in the pole vault, as he cleared 4.45m/14-07.25.  

Odds n’ Ends

Jharyl Bowry won his second long jump of the season with a mark of 7.56m/24-09.75. Said Rovelto of the reigning Big 12 Champion’s effort, “Jharyl physically looked pretty good after not competing last week for being a little rundown, tired. He had a couple decent jumps, but you can see that there’s a big one in there, so he should be encouraged going into the conference meet.”

Alyssa Kelly completed the sweep for the ‘Cats in the long jump with a jump of 5.64m/18-06.00, garnering praise from her head coach. “I thought Alyssa looked solid,” Rovelto said. “She certainly looks capable of jumping far enough to put her in the hunt to score in the long jump [at Big 12s].”

• On the track, winning performances came from Dane Steen in the 200 meter, Kain Ellis in the 1000 meter and Audrey Schmitz in the 3000 meter. Rounding out the top-finishes were Zack Riley in the high jump and Cameron Savage in the pole vault, as Riley picked up his first win of the season and Savage his second.

With the final home indoor meet complete for the Wildcats, the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Ames, Iowa, await K-State next week. Scheduled to run from Feb. 28 to March 1, the annual conference championship will mark the third time this season K-State has traveled to Ames to compete. More information on the meet, as well as on tonight’s action, can be found by visiting www.k-statesports.com.

K-State Open
Ahearn Field House
Manhattan, Kan.

K-State Results

3: Dane Steen, 6.97
7: Magnus Scott, Jr., 7.11

60m Hurdles
3: Adam Deterding, 8.31 – Personal best

2: Merryl Mbeng, 8.66 – Ties personal best
T-6: Joslyn Barnes, 9.21 – Personal best

1: Dane Steen, 21.95
3: Carlos Rodriguez, 22.16

1: Sonia Gaskin, 2:08.41 – Personal best, meet record & 4th-best in school history

1: Kain Ellis, 2:30.59
2: Blake Goodin, 2:30.68

1: Audrey Schmitz, 10:48.86

2: Jeff Bachman, 8:56.00

High Jump
1: Zack Riley, 2.10m/6-10.75
3: Miles Bearden, 2.05m/6-08.75

1: Alyx Treasure, 1.83m/6-00.00 – Ties indoor personal best & 7th-best in school history
2: Joslyn Barnes, 1.73m/5-08.00
T-5: Merryl Mbeng, 1.63m/5-04.25

Pole Vault
1: Cameron Savage, 5.20m/17-00.75
4: Tommy Brady, 4.75m/15-07.00
10: Reinis Kregers, 4.45m/14-07.25 – Personal best
--: Kyle Wait, NH

T-6: Kristen Petry, 3.30m/10-10.00

Long Jump
1: Jharyl Bowry, 7.56m/24-09.75
3: Devin Field, 7.05m/23-01.75

1: Alyssa Kelly, 5.64m/18-06.00

Shot Put
3: Jason Coon, 15.53m/50-11.50 (Billy Bugs)
4: Devin Dick, 14.75m/48-04.75 – Personal best
19: Reinis Kregers, 12.01m/39-05.00

Weight Throw
7: Kale Mueller, 14.76m/48-05.25