Wildcats Finish Strong in Desert

Ali Pistora

March 27, 2011

Complete Results

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Kansas State Wildcats closed out their spring break trip with solid marks on the track and in the field at the Arizona State Invitational on Saturday night. The Wildcats posted two wins and a more than a dozen personal records. One former Wildcat also made her presence felt on the track.

After Tomaz Bogovic broke the school record in the men’s hammer throw Friday night, it was Ryann Krais who made a push for her own school record in the women’s 400 meter hurdles. Krais finished second in the race with her time of 57.70 seconds to rank second on the K-State list. She is just the second Wildcat to crack the 58-second mark in the event.

Also moving her way up the K-State list was thrower Ali Pistora. Pistora improved her personal best in the hammer throw on Friday by more than five feet and posted another PR in the javelin on Saturday. Pistora won the women’s javelin competition with her throw of 162-02 better her mark by just over two feet. It also moves her up one spot to No. 5 in school history.

The men’s squad put two Wildcats in the top five in the javelin with Cory Boulanger finishing third with his toss of 204-10 and Tomas Kirielius claiming fifth at 202-05. In sticking with the success of the throwers, Jessica Carter had a PR while finishing fourth in the women’s discus at 161-05.

The field events are where K-State notched its only victories of the weekend with Nina Kokot winning the women’s long jump with her leap of 20-03.75 in her first action of the outdoor season.

K-State did have some impressive numbers on the track, however, other than Krais. Moritz Cleve finished second in the men’s 110 meter hurdles with his time of 14.24 seconds. He has ran that time in both outdoor meets so far this season, and it is just three-hundredths off his PR. Martynas Jurgilas finished fourth in the 100 meters with his time of 10.39 seconds making a big improvement from the first outdoor meet this season and moving close to his PR of 10.33. Jurgilas teamed up with three other Wildcats to finish second in the 4x100 relay. The tandem of Jason Coniglio, Mantas Silkauskas, J.J. Marshall and Jurgilas ran 40.45 seconds to rank 14th in the nation so far in outdoor season.

The Wildcats again showed their strength in the distance events this weekend with Martina Tresch finishing second in the women’s 5,000 meters with her time of 16:47.62. She ran with former Wildcat and current volunteer coach Beverly Ramos at the front of the pack as Ramos broke the meet record Tresch set last year clocking in at 16:24.87.

In the mid-distance events, Boglarka Bozzay claimed fourth in the 800 meters and the 1,500 meters. Her time of 4:25.55 was a new personal best and just missed cracking the top 10 in school history. Freshman Adam Porter also ran hard in the men’s 1,500 clocking in at 3:49.53 to finish third.
The Wildcats will take this week off before returning to action for the Emporia State Relays on April 9 and sending some of the team to the prestigious Texas Relays for four days of action in Austin from April 6-9.