Meet Records Highlight Effort at ESU Spring Open

EMPORIA, Kan. - K-State Track and Field put in a solid showing at the ESU Spring Open in Emporia, Kansas, nabbing multiple meet records en route to five first-place finishes. Held in Emporia State's Fran Welch Stadium, the Wildcat men's and women's squads combined for 16 top-five finishes.

On the Track...

Sonia Gaskin sped her way to a meet record in the 400-meter dash. Competing in her first meet of the outdoor season, Gaskin clocked 54.93 to defeat a field of 29 by nearly two seconds. The All-American's time shattered the previous meet record of 57.15 seconds by Nebraska-Kearney's Stephanie Hutsell.

• In the 3000-meter steeplechase, sophomore Morgan Wedekind took first in 11:00.91, breaking her previous meet record of 11:05.82 in the process. Wedekind cruised to the victory, finishing ahead of second-place finisher Callie Matthews (11:20.30) of Northern Iowa by nearly 20 seconds. On the men's side, Jeff Bachman took second for the Wildcats, finishing the event in 9:50.34.

• Both the men's and women's teams registered solid performances in the relays. For the women, Sonia Gaskin, Sarah Kolmer, Joslyn Barnes and Jordan Matthews teamed up to set a new meet record en route to a first-place finish over a field of seven. The Wildcats' time of 3:51.72 just bested the previous record of 3:51.93 set by Northern Iowa. The foursome of Dane Steen, Terrell Smith, Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye and Adam Deterding for the men meanwhile placed second in the 4x100, finishing the relay in 41.25 seconds.

Kain Ellis notched a win on the track, taking first in the 1500-meter in 3:58.94. The winning effort continued what has been an impressive sophomore campaign, as Ellis, in his first time running the event, was the lone runner out of a field of 52 runners to run a sub-four minute time. His teammates Colton Donahue and Brett Bachman also had notable finishes, taking third (4:01.30) and sixth (4:04.62), respectively, in the race.

Terrell Smith, Dane Steen and Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye all notched top-five finishes in the sprints. Smith and Steen clocked 10.55 and 10.79, respectively, to take third and fourth in the 100-meter. Smith's time in particular tied him for 10th-fastest in school history, as the freshman tied with former Wildcat Avantae Arrington, who ran 10.55 at the Nebraska Invitational in 2005. Otuonye, meanwhile, clocked 21.83 to take fourth-overall, and first in his heat, in the 200-meter dash.

• Rounding out the slew of top-five finishes for the Wildcats on the track were Marija Stambolic in the 800-meter, Adam Deterding and Sarah Kolmer in the hurdles and Daniel Worthington in the 5K. In the 800-meter, Stambolic placed second in 2:13.14, finishing less than a second behind Marissa Bongers of Nebraska-Kearney (2:12.36). Deterding and Kolmer both took fifth in their respective hurdles races, with Deterding in particular setting a personal best in 14.86 seconds. Lastly, Worthington in his first outdoor action with the Wildcats, clocked 15:54.19 for a fifth-place finish - the junior from Raytown, Missouri was one of five runners to run sub-16 minutes.

In the Field...

Danie Plank nabbed her second-straight first-place finish in the javelin. Plank, who opened the season taking first at the TCU Invitational with a chuck of 44.76m/146-10, earned victory number two with a throw of 49.70m/163-10. The sophomore's winning throw came on her first attempt of the afternoon, marking an improvement of well over 10 feet on her previous season-best.

On the men's side, junior-transfer Dwight Davidson set a personal best in the event for a second-consecutive meet en route to a fifth-place finish. Davidson, who previously competed at Cloud County Community College, marked 61.81m/202-09.75 on his first attempt of the afternoon. It was the first time in his career he had thrown over 60 meters in the event. Also of note, Lucas Moeder made his Wildcat debut in the javelin. A freshman from LaCrosse, Kansas, Moeder took seventh with a throw of 60.11m/197-02.25.

• Lastly in notable performances in the field, sophomore Kyle Smith notched a personal best in the men's hammer throw. Smith hit 53.90m/176-10.25 in his sixth attempt of the afternoon to earn a sixth-place finish. Along with besting his previous PR of 51.83m/170-00, the mark was a season-best performance by a Wildcat men's thrower in the event.

What's Next?

K-State travels to Waco, Texas for the Baylor Invitational next Friday, April 3. One of nine schools invited by the Bears, it will be the last trip to Texas for the Wildcats until May 28-30 for the NCAA West Prelims in Austin.

ESU Spring Open
Fran Welch Stadium
Emporia, Kansas

K-State Results

3: Terrell Smith, 10.55 (0.0) - T-10th-fastest in school history
4: Dane Steen, 10.79 (0.8)

4: Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, 21.83 (1.4)

1: Sonia Gaskin, 54.93 - Meet record

--: Jay-J Parks, DNF

2: Marija Stambolic, 2:13.14

1: Kain Ellis, 3:58.94
3: Colton Donahue, 4:01.30
6: Brett Bachman, 4:04.62

11: Erika Schiller, 4:54.00
18: Paige Kochuyt, 5:00.14
19: Jenny McCarty, 5:01.15
23: Mady Nestor, 5:02.69

5: Daniel Worthington, 15:54.19

5: Adam Deterding, 14.86 (1.4) - Personal best

5: Sarah Kolmer, 15.07 (1.8)
6: Joslyn Barnes, 15.34 (1.8)

6: Avery Loyd, 1:04.98

3000m Steeplechase
2: Jeff Bachman, 9:50.34

1: Morgan Wedekind, 11:00.91 - Meet record

2: Steen-T. Smith-Otuonye-Deterding, 41.25

--: Van der Merwe-Parks-Collier-Kelly, DNF

1: Gaskin-Kolmer-Barnes-Matthews, 3:51.72 - Meet record

High Jump
9: Shannon Parr, 1.50m/4-11

11: Megan Vanderpool, 3.35m/10-11.75
--: Kristen Petry, NH

Long Jump
15: Adam Deterding, 6.57m/21-06.75 (0.6)

6: Sarah Kolmer, 5.37m/17-07.50 (0.0)
7: Joslyn Barnes, 5.34m/17-06.25 (1.2)

Shot Put
8: Jason Coon, 15.01m/49-03

5: Dwight Davidson, 61.81m.202-09.25 - Personal best
7: Lucas Moeder, 60.11m/197-02.75

1: Danie Plank, 49.70m/163-01

6: Kyle Smith, 53.90m/176-10.25 - Personal best
12: Kale Mueller, 45.82m/150-04.25