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Ryann Krais

March 30, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – With the women’s multi program on display at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., the Kansas State Wildcats did not disappoint with senior Ryann Krais leading the way with a fourth-place finish and placing higher than any collegiate athlete in the field. Krais scored 5,694 points over the two days of action in the heptathlon to trail only three professional athletes.

K-State’s newcomers all put together strong performances as well for the Wildcats with senior transfer Mairead Murphy claiming sixth place with 5,315 points. Junior college transfer Richelle Farley was not far behind with 5,077 points and a 10th-place finish. Freshman Joslyn Barnes took advantage of her strong jumping abilities to finish 12th with her point total of 5,021 points.

Murphy, Farley and Barnes all cracked the school’s top 10 performance list with Krais already holding the No. 2 spot in K-State history from last season. Murphy’s score ranks fifth in school history as Farley now stands in eighth and Barnes in 10th to make the 5,000-point mark the goal for any Wildcat to make the list.

“This week really went well for our multis,” said K-State Head Coach Cliff Rovelto. “Our actual marks were good, but we were close to some even bigger things. I think a lot more is there. We had some big fouls and big warm-up throws that we have to figure out how to get to happen in the meet. All in all there was a great deal of positive in the heptathlon from our group.”

In addition to the Wildcats who cracked the school’s top 10 list, freshman Sarah Kolmer also scored big with 4,988 points to stand 11th on the list and take 13th place at the meet. Sophomores Erica Twiss and Julia Zeiner took 18th and 19th place, respectively.

While the women’s multis were in Arizona competing a small group of Wildcats took on strong fields during Day 3 of the 85th Annual Texas Relays in Austin. K-State sent some of its sprinters and jumpers to take on the nation’s best this week and while no Wildcats advanced out of the preliminaries on Friday, it was a good day at the track.

Sophomore transfer Carlos Rodriguez ran 10.51 seconds in the 100 meters to finish 14th overall and just miss advancing to Saturday’s final. His time would rank sixth in school history, but with a strong tail wind the time was wind-aided. Freshman Dane Steen also ran under 11 seconds clocking in at 10.99. For the women, Samantha McKnight ran 12.31 in just her second race of the outdoor season. In the men’s 110 meter hurdles, juco transfer Tarique Hill ran 14.72.

The highlight of the day in Austin came in the women’s Section A University triple jump. Fifth-year senior TiAra Walpool finished sixth with her wind-aided leap of 42-10.75. It is her best season-opening jump of her career at K-State. Walpool has qualified for multiple NCAA Championship meets in her career and was up against some of the nation’s top jumpers in Section A of the meet and missed fifth place by just 4.5 inches.

Assistant Coach Kyle Hierholzer is in Austin with the group and said it was a good day for the Wildcats and he anticipates Saturday’s high jump competition to be another strong event for K-State with Erik Kynard and Alyx Treasure jumping.

“Carlos looks like he’s not far away from being able to run really well. He’s just got to sharpen up a few things,” Hierholzer said. “Tomorrow’s high jump should be a good competition. It’s basically a who’s who in collegiate high jump with a few pros mixed in. I’m sure the atmosphere will be rocking so I think Erik and Alyx are looking forward to it.”

The men’s high jump is slated to start at 11 a.m. with the women going at 2 p.m. Live results will be available online at texassports.com and the Longhorn Network will be airing coverage tape delayed at 10 p.m. A large group of Wildcats are also set to compete at the ESU Open at Emporia State with action starting at noon.

K-State Results
Jim Click Shootout
4: Ryann Krais, 5,694 points
6: Mairead Murphy, 5,315 points – 5th school history
10: Richelle Farley, 5,077 points – 8th school history
12: Joslyn Barnes, 5,021 points – 10th school history
13: Sarah Kolmer, 4,988 points – 11th school history
18: Erica Twiss, 4,831 points
19: Julia Zeiner, 4,596 points

Texas Relays
74: Samantha McKnight, 12.31

14: Carlos Rodriguez, 10.51 wind-aided
52: Dane Steen, 10.99 wind-aided

24: Tarique Hill, 14.72