Wait Headlines K-State's Final Day at NCAAs

March 16, 2014

ResultsK-State AthleticsALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – K-State Track and Field closed out the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships today, with Kyle Wait highlighting the individual efforts by earning First Team All-American in the pole vault. The Wildcats leave Albuquerque, N.M., with one first teamer in Wait and three second team All-Americans in Devin Dick, Alyx Treasure, and Erica Twiss.

Wait Makes it Three-Time

In his final indoor championship meet, Kyle Wait turned in yet another All-American performance, as he tied for eighth-place in the men’s pole vault. The senior, along with five other vaulters, finished with a height cleared of 5.40m/17-08.50, but it was Wait along with Washington’s Jax Thoirs, who got the All-American nods due to both athletes having the lowest amount of missed attempts.

Wait started the event clearing three-straight bars with only two total missed attempts. After clearing 5.40m, he decided to pass on 5.45m/10-00.50 to go for a personal-best and school record height of 5.50m/18-00.50. The record was not meant to be though, as Wait was unable to clear the bar in three consecutive tries.

The missed attempts didn’t mean Wait didn’t make history, as he became the second pole vaulter in K-State history to earn two-time All-American status indoors and is now a three-time All-American overall. He will attempt to tie K-State great pole vaulter Doug Lytle’s four-time All-American status during this outdoor season.

Despite the slow start to Wait’s season, for his standards, his recent stretch of performances that includes a Big 12 title, and now a first team All-American nod, are more in line with what head coach Cliff Rovelto expected of the senior pole vaulter.

“I don’t think it’s surprising. How [Kyle] has performed here lately is very indicative of what he is,” Rovelto said. “Whereas earlier was not so much.”

For Wait, he closes out his indoor career as a two-time All-American, as well as the reigning Big 12 Champion in the pole vault. He also holds the school record indoors with a mark of 5.45m, a height in which he has cleared twice.

Twiss Closes With Personal Best Effort

Junior Erica Twiss closed out the indoor season in the pentathlon just as she had begun it, with a personal best. Scoring a total of 4,151 points, Twiss made it four-straight personal bests set in the pentathlon this season, as she placed 10th among a deep field that included the top-two finishers breaking the previous NCAA meet record of 4,540 points.

For Twiss, she continued her strong performance in the 60 meter hurdles and the long jump, as well as posting a career-best effort in the high jump.

She opened the pentathlon with the second-best overall time in the hurdles of 8.26 seconds, which was then followed up by her best performance in the high jump to date.

The Carrollton, Texas, native broke her personal best of 1.72m/5-07.75 not once, but twice, as she cleared 1.73m/5-08.00 first before finishing at a career-high 1.76m/5-09.25. It was a dominant performance that saw her fail to clear a height only four total times, as she placed first in her respective flight.

After a setback in the shot put dropped Twiss all the way from fifth to 15th-place, she rebounded well in the long jump. Leaping a career pentathlon-best 6.00m/19-08.25, the junior improved her spot to 12th-place as well as moved her up the K-State pentathlon long jump top-10 to third.

In the pentathlon’s final event, the 800 meter, Twiss closed out the multi-event running a time of 2:20.50 and finishing the day’s action in 10th-place overall. Along with being a new personal best, her final point total of 4,151 points improved her standing in the K-State top-10 from seventh to fourth all-time.

Rovelto said Twiss competed hard, but felt she was more than capable of cracking the top-eight.

“Erica had, all in all, some really good stuff with the PR score for her,” Rovelto said. “The [60H] time was faster than what I had written down and her high jump was significantly better than anything she had done before. She did well in the long jump, 6.00m is a good jump for her in a combined events competition, but the unfortunate thing is that her last jump was huge and was just a hair foul.

“She jumped much better than what she displayed.”

Rovelto added the 800 meter was decisive in her placing 10th overall.

“It was not even close to what she was capable of running,” Rovelto said. “You look at her splits, her last 200 was two seconds, a second and a half faster than her first three and, unfortunately, that cost her from being in the top-eight.”

Devin Dick Improves In Second Day of Competition

Battling through injuries for much of his two days in competition, Devin Dick put in a gutsy performance that saw him improve from a first day finish of 12th-place to 11th-place in the heptathlon. The senior All-American finished the day with a score of 5,557 points and an indoor best effort in the pole vault.

After an 8.34 seconds effort in the hurdles kept him in 12th-place to start the day, the senior looked in danger of falling to the bottom of the pack completely in the pole vault as his first two heights cleared both came down to his third and final attempts.

In both cases the Hutchinson, Kan., native was able to prevail though, eventually clearing a new season-best, as well as personal indoor best, height of 4.85m/15-11.00 to make it a total of five bars cleared. The mark was good enough to improve his standing to 11th overall, as well as tied for first in K-State heptathlon history. Dick closed out the heptathlon with a time of 2:59.32 in the 1000 meter to secure an 11th-place finish.

Rovelto thought, all things considered, Dick competed well.

“In the 1000, I don’t think that’s indicative of where he is at, but the wear and tear of the stuff he’s dealing with just was a little too much,” Rovelto said. “But I thought he competed well, he did a pretty solid job.”

The 11th-place finish marked a three-spot improvement for the senior from last season’s NCAA Division I Indoor Championships, where he finished tied for 14th. He closes out his indoor career with a Big 12 title, as well as the 4th-best heptathlon score and top-10 marks in six of the multi’s seven events in K-State history.

Treasure Ties for 10th

Alyx Treasure, in her second career appearance in the national indoors, finished tied for 10th in the women’s high jump, as she, along with five other jumpers, cleared a height of 1.78m/5-10.00.

For Treasure, she opened the competition clearing the opening heights of 1.73m/5-08.00 and 1.78m/5-10.00 in one try each before being stopped in three tries at 1.81m/5-11.25. Despite narrowly missing out on advancing with nine other jumpers to 1.84m/6-00.50, Treasure was able to tie for 10th with Northern Arizona’s Lauren Laszczak  ahead of four other jumpers due to both athletes only failing to clear the bar at 1.81m.

Rovelto said it’s great to see Alyx back in action on the national stage, but he looks forward to seeing how she continues to grow in competition.

“The positive is that she is healthy and back at the national meet after sitting out the year with the surgery and everything,” Rovelto said. “But, again, I don’t necessarily think that is indicative of what she is capable of jumping right now.”

With the indoor season under wraps, the Wildcats will now shift their attention to the opening of the outdoor season next Thursday, as they travel to Forth Worth, Texas, to face off against TCU. For more information on today’s action, as well as the upcoming outdoor season, visit www.k-statesports.com.  

NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships
Albuquerque Convention Center
Albuquerque, N.M.

K-State Results

High Jump
T-10: Alyx Treasure, K-State, 1.78m/5-10.00

Pole Vault
T-8: Kyle Wait, K-State, 5.40m/17-08.50

10: Erica Twiss, K-State, 4,151 pts – Personal best & 4th-best in school history
60H: 8.26 – 1,070 pts
HJ: 1.76m/5-09.25 – 928 pts – Personal best & T-7th in school pentathlon history
SP: 9.33m/30-07.50 – 486 pts
LJ: 6.00m/19-08.25 – 850 pts – 3rd-best in school pentathlon history
800M: 2:20.50 – 817 pts

11: Devin Dick, K-State, 5,557 pts
60M: 7.14 – 833 pts
LJ: 7.14m/23-05.25 – 847 pts
SP: 13.87m/45-06.25 – 720 pts
HJ: 1.91m/6-03.25 – 723 pts
60H: 8.34 – 898 pts
PV: 4.85m/15-11.00 – Personal indoor best & T-1st in school heptathlon history
1000M: 2:59.32 – 671 pts