Wildcats Cannot Score at Championship

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Beverly Ramos put together another impressive performance for the Kansas State Wildcats at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships but was just shy of scoring. Ramos finished 10th for the second consecutive day - this time in the 3,000 meters - as she improved her personal best time and narrowly missed her second school record in as many days.

Ramos finished 10th in the 3,000 meters in 9:16.23 almost passing the school record time of 9:09.99 set by Amy Mortimer at the same meet in 2002. Ramos was arguably K-State's top performer at the NCAA Championships finishing 10th in both the 5,000 and 3,000 in two very deep fields.

Also competing for the Wildcats on Saturday was freshman high jumper Erik Kynard, Jr. The Toldeo, Ohio, product jumped 7-00.25 (2.14m) to finish 11th in his first NCAA Championship meet. He came into the meet ranked No. 6 in the nation and competing in a field that was one-third freshman. The young field had three freshman finish in the top eight and score points for their respective teams. Derek Drouin, a sophomore from Indiana, went on to win the event clearing 7-05.75.

Mantas Silkauskas finished Day Two of the heptathlon on Saturday as he began the day in sixth place but fell down the standings as he was unable to keep pace with the pack. Silkauskas opened the second day of competition with a time of 8.04 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles. He then cleared just 13-05.25 in the pole vault - six inches off his personal best set two weeks ago at the Big 12 Championship. He closed with a 2:54.19 in the 1,000 meters as he finished 14th overall with 5,507 points.

The entire heptathlon field was playing catch-up to Oregon's Ashton Eaton throughout the two days of competition, however, as he did something rarely seen on the collegiate level. He set a world record. Eaton scored 6,499 points to put himself atop the world in the heptathlon making him the man to beat.

This marks the second season in a row K-State's women have failed to score at the NCAA Championship meet after going 16 in a row with someone placing in the top eight. The men also did not have any athletes score for the first time since 2000. Florida's men took home the team championship with 57 points while Texas A&M was second with 44 points. Oregon's women won in a commanding fashion with 61 points with a tight grouping behind as Tennessee (36), LSU (35), Florida (33) and Texas A&M (31) all were within five points of each other.

The K-State Wildcats will turn their attention to the outdoor season now with the ASU Invitational the first outdoor meet on the schedule in two weeks.

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