K-State Men Take 3rd for Second-Straight Year

March 1, 2014

Results | Photo Gallery  K-State AthleticsAMES, Iowa – K-State Track and Field closed out the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships with a third-place finish from the men and a fifth-place finish from the women. The K-State men’s final point total of 95 was the second most ever scored at the indoor meet and the squad’s first back-to-back top-three finish since they finished third in 2003 and second in 2004.  

Head coach Cliff Rovelto said he could not have been happier with the team’s overall performance.

“In terms of the team placing, we far surpassed really what I thought we would do and, individually, there were a lot of really good performances,” Rovelto said. “It’s really hard for me to find much of anything wrong.

“It was good.”

Rovelto added the key to the team’s impressive performance was how hard the team competed.

“The thing that is neat is to see the kids compete like they did,” Rovelto said. “There were very few examples of people who didn’t compete, or who weren’t willing to step up and put it out there.”

Devin Dick Makes K-State History in the Heptathlon

Devin Dick completed a career-best effort in the heptathlon, placing first with an impressive score of 5,678 points. The total bested last season’s conference championship effort of 5,603 and moved him to fourth-place in school history.

The heptathlon victory, along with Erica Twiss’ pentathlon title, also marked the first time in K-State history that the Wildcats have swept the multi-events at the Big 12 Indoor Championships and the first time in the Big 12 since Nebraska in 2011.

For Dick, his overall performance was dominant, as he won four of the seven events, including setting a personal best in the 60 meter hurdles and tying another personal best in the pole vault in the second day of competition. His time of 8.26 in hurdles put him at sixth-best in K-State’s multi-event history, while his vault of 4.75m/15-07.00 tied him for second all-time.

It was the second career heptathlon victory for Dick, both occurring this season, as he took home the first conference title in the multi-event since Moritz Cleve won in 2009 in College Station, Texas. The Hutchinson, Kan., native now holds the eleventh-best mark in Division I and looks primed to earn his second-straight berth to the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Also putting a career-best performance was Reinis Kregers, who finished second in the heptathlon with a personal best score of 5,534 points. His runner-up effort marked a three-spot improvement from last season’s conference meet finish of 5th-place. The Vecumnieki, Latvia, native’s second day of competition was highlighted by a personal best in the pole vault.

Rovelto said all three athletes, Dick, Kregers and Adam Deterding did a great job.

“All three of the guys in the heptathlon all had PRs, and, actually, really significant PRs,” Rovelto said. “They basically PRed in every event for the most part, so they really all did a good job.”

Top Three Finishes…On the Track

Erica Twiss made it three-for-three in scoring for events competed in, as she took third with a time of 8.42 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles. The top-three finish, along with her win in the pentathlon and eighth-place finish in the long jump, made it 17 points scored total for the senior.

Rovelto had nothing but praise for the Wildcats’ leading scorer, who became the first Wildcat to finish top-three in the event since Lisa Maurer finished third in 2006

“Erica was phenomenal,” Rovelto said. “To get third in hurdles, to score in three events in one of the best conferences in the country…that’s not easy to do.

The event final’s field of eight had a three of the top-15 marks in Division I, with only Baylor’s Tiffani McReynolds (4th-best) and Texas’ Morgan Snow (T-15th-best) finishing above the Wildcat senior.

• The men’s 4x400 team finished third in the final event of the Big 12 Championships, registering a time of 3:10.06. It marked an improvement from last season’s fourth-place finish, as the foursome of Christopher Campbell, Carlos Rodriguez, Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye and Tyris Jefferson picked up six points.

Finishing behind Texas and Baylor, K-State led the relay after the first two legs, but could not hold on.

• K-State got third-place finishes in both the men’s and women’s 600 yard runs from Campbell and Tia’ Gamble, as well as a fifth-place scoring effort from Jordan Matthews.

For Campbell, it marked yet another improvement in an event he had only run once prior to this season. His time of 1:09.79 was nearly a second better from Friday’s qualifying time and put him at fourth all-time in the event on an oversized track in K-State history.

Rovelto praised the junior’s effort.

“I thought Chris, in the 600, when you consider what he ran the first time he ran the event, compared to what he ran today, he’s come a long way,” Rovelto said.

On the women’s side, Gamble took third in a time of 1:20.98. The race was tightly contested as only a half-second separated the top-three finishers. It marked a three-spot improvement for Gamble after finishing sixth in last season’s conference championships.

Matthews tacked on four more points for the Wildcats with her fifth-place finish. The event was Matthews’ first track event competed in at a conference championship meet, as the sophomore’s time of 1:21.50 marked over a two second improvement from her first career 600 at this season’s Bill Bergan Invitational.

Top Three Finishes…In the Field

Alyx Treasure took second in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.75m/5-08.75. Her final mark was tied with four other jumpers, but Treasure reached the mark in fewer attempts. In fact, Treasure did not miss until the bar was raised to the event-winning height of 1.80m/5-10.75. Freshman Rachel Proteau also picked up a point in the event for the ‘Cats with a seventh-place finish.

Devin Field and Jharyl Bowry made their second visit to the top-five at this season’s championship, as the duo finished third and fifth, respectively, in the triple jump. Field’s final mark of 15.01m/49-03.00 was a new personal best, while Bowry made it 14 total points total at the conference meet.

Points! – The Rest in Today’s Scoring Performances

• In the shot put, Ryan Hershberger and Dani Winters both picked up points, finishing fourth and sixth, respectively. For Hershberger, he reached a new personal best with his mark of 18.48m/60-07.75 and his fourth-place finish was a career-high in the conference tournament.

Winters made it six points total scored for the sophomore, as she improved seven spots from last season’s conference meet finish of 13th-place.

• On the track, Logan Smith, Kyle Hanson, Marija Stambolic, Sonia Gaskin and the women’s 4x400 women’s team all recorded points for the Wildcats.

Hanson notched a fourth-place finish in the 800 meter, while Smith placed seventh. For Hanson, it marked a second-straight scoring performance in the event.

In the 1000 meter, Stambolic finished seventh in a time of 2:52.26, closing out a solid freshman year for the Belgrade, Serbia native, who didn’t join the team until December.

Gaskin rounded out the scoring performances on the track with a sixth place finish in the 800 meter and then as a member of the fifth-place 4x400 team that included Gamble, Matthews and Sarah Kolmer.

• Lastly, in the field, Zack Riley recorded a season-best jump of 2.16m/7-01.00 to finish fourth and Alyssa Kelly scored in the triple jump with a seventh-place finish.

The Wildcats now shift their attention to the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., in two weeks. Currently, K-State has four athletes ranked in the qualifying top-16 – Treasure (T-8th) in the high jump, Twiss in the pentathlon (10th), Dick (11th) in the heptathlon and Wait (T-11th) in the pole vault. For more information on today’s action, visit www.k-statesports.com.

Big 12 Track and Field Indoor Championships
Lied Recreational Center
Ames, Iowa

K-State Results

Team Scores
3: K-State, 95

5: K-State, 77

60m Hurdles
3: Erica Twiss, 8.42

3: Christopher Campbell, K-State, 1:09.79 (o) – 4th-best on oversized track

3: Tia' Gamble, K-State, 1:20.98 (o)
5: Jordan Matthews, K-State, 1:21.50 (o)


6: Sonia Gaskin, K-State, 2:08.96 (o)

4: Kyle Hanson, K-State, 1:51.61 (o)
6: Logan Smith, K-State, 1:52.84 (o)

7: Marija Stambolic, K-State, 2:56.26 (o)

10: Martina Tresch, K-State, 9:39.18 (o)
23: Morgan Wedekind, K-State, 9:51.98 (o)    
33: Mary Frances Donnelly, K-State, 10:09.80 (o)

3: Campbell-Rodriguez-Otuonye-Jefferson, K-State, 3:10.06 (o)

4: Gaskin-Gamble-Matthews-Kolmer, K-State, 3:40.20

High Jump
4: Zack Riley, K-State, 2.16m/7-01.00

2: Alyx Treasure, K-State, 1.75m/5-08.75
7: Rachel Proteau, K-State, 1.70m/5-07.00
10: Joslyn Barnes, K-State, 1.70m/5-07.00

Triple Jump
3: Devin Field, K-State, 15.01m/49-03.00 – Personal best
5: Jharyl Bowry, K-State, 14.59m/47-10.50

7: Alyssa Kelly, K-State, 11.94m/39-02.25

Shot Put
4: Ryan Hershberger, K-State, 18.48m/60-07.75 – Personal best & 7th-best in school history

6: Dani Winters, K-State, 15.55m/51-00.25

Heptathlon (Day Two)
1: Devin Dick, K-State, 5,678 pts – Personal best & 4th-best in school history
60H: 8.26 – 917 pts – Personal best & 6th-best in school heptathlon history
PV: 4.75m/15-07.00 – 834 pts – Ties a personal best and tied for 2nd-best in school heptathlon history
1000m: 2:50.24 (o) – 763 pts

2: Reinis Kregers, K-State, 5,534 pts – Personal best & 9th-best in school history
60H: 8.75 – 802 pts
PV: 4.55m/14-11.00 – 775pts – Personal best
1000m: 2:43.88 (o) – 831 pts

4: Adam Deterding, K-State, 4,898 pts
60H: 8.33 – 900 pts – tied for 8th-best in school heptathlon history
PV: 3.05m/10-00.00
1000m: 2:48.76 (o) – 779 pts