Wildcats Show Strong in Outdoor Opener

Ali Pistora

March 20, 2011

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Kansas State Wildcats closed their first outdoor track and field meet of the season with some impressive performances by both young and old members of the team. Sophomore Martina Tresch won the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase, and K-State won the men’s and women’s 800 meters in the invitational portion of the Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State.

Tresch crossed the finish line in 10:31.10 to get the win for the Wildcats dominating the field. Tresch won the race by more than 17 seconds to start her outdoor season off strong.

Senior Sam James flew to a new personal record in the men’s 800 meters to win the race in 1:50.25 and holding off the field by nearly seven-tenths. Sophomore Sara Stoakes returned to form winning the women’s 800 meters. Her time of 2:07.85 won by just under a full second. She was joined by Boglarka Bozzay with another strong showing in the event as Bozzay posted a new PR finishing third with her 2:09 flat, which moved her into ninth in school history. Adam Porter also put together an impressive showing for the Wildcats in the mid-distance events. Porter finished second in the 1,500 meters at 3:47.71.

In the sprints, Martynas Jurgilas won the men’s 100 meters with his time of 10.55 seconds into a strong headwind. The Wildcats also won the men’s 4x100 relay with their time of 41.10. Jason Coniglio, Mantas Silkauskas, Jeffrey Julmis and JJ Marshall combined for the effort to get the win. In continuing with strong performances in the sprinting events, Moritz Cleve finished third in the 110 meter hurdles clocking in at 14.24 seconds just missing his PR of 14.21.

After finishing third at the NCAA Indoor Championship last week, sophomore high jumper Erik Kynard flew high winning the high jump invitational competition. His jump of 7-05.75 is a new outdoor personal best and ranks fifth in school history. Also showing well in the jumps was senior TiAra Walpool as she finished second in her first outdoor action of the year.

Tresch was not the only long distance runner in action for the Wildcats this weekend as senior Sydney Messick ran to a third-place finish in the 5,000 meters invitational. Her time of 16:50.22 was a new personal record as well.

In competition on Friday, Tomaz Bogovic finished second in the men’s hammer throw invitational held off-site from San Diego State’s campus. Bogovic posted his mark of 192-11 to move himself into third in school history. Also in the throwing events, Cory Boulanger made his season debut in the javelin on Saturday and finished fourth with his throw of 209-05. Jacquelyne Leffler also competed for the first time with her mark of 47-04.50 in the shot put to claim third place.

K-State will remain on the road during spring break visiting the famous San Diego Zoo before heading to Tempe, Ariz., to compete at the Arizona State Invitational next Saturday.