Wildcats Post Strong Marks in Texas, Emporia

March 30, 2013

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EMPORIA, Kan. – Kansas State track and field competed at two meets this weekend and the Wildcats had shining performances at both. Some marks ranked among the best in school history while others were meet records and one was a significant mark in NCAA history.

The Wildcats sent three men to the 86th Texas Relays to take on some of the strongest fields assembled so far during the outdoor season. Erik Kynard came away in second place with his high jump of 2.27 meters behind Indiana’s Derek Drouin and his jump of 2.30 meters (7-06.50), but it was pole vaulter Kyle Wait that had one of the best marks of the weekend for K-State.

Wait finished sixth in a pole vault field that included nearly every athlete from the NCAA Indoor Championship, and it was statistically the greatest pole vault in NCAA Division I history.

Wait’s vault of 5.51 meters (18-01.00) was a new personal record and moved him closer to the school record, but it was the highest mark in NCAA history to finish in sixth place at a meet. With 5.51 meters being the mark all the way down to ninth place, the men’s pole vault at the Texas Relays was the pole vault field assembled yet.

Jharyl Bowry was the other Wildcat in action at the Texas Relays. He fouled all three of his attempts in the long jump in another highly anticipated event at the meet. K-State coach Cliff Rovelto said Bowry’s attempts were small fouls.

Meanwhile at the ESU Spring Open, K-State had a mixed group of Wildcats competing and two posted marks that rank in the top 10 in school history and two others had meet records.

Ryan Hershberger had a good day for the Wildcats with a win in the shot put. His toss of 17.31 meters (56-09.50) was a season best so far and broke his own meet record set last year at the ESU Spring Open by seven centimeters. He backed that up with another season-best throw in the discus at 49.60 meters (162-09) to finish third.

The throwing events provided some of K-State’s most impressive marks of the meet with Dani Winters shining in the shot put and discus. The redshirt freshman posted PRs in both events, taking third in the shot put with a toss of 14.88 meters (48-10.00) to tie for ninth in school history. Her throw of 48.54 meters (159-03) in the discus placed her fourth. Jessica Carter finished right in front of Winters in the discus with a throw of 50.33 meters (165-09), about a foot short of her PR.

Olivia Housholder made her debut for the Wildcats in the javelin and posted the No. 10 throw in school history. The former K-State rower finished fourth with a throw of 41.53 meters (136-03). Two redshirt freshmen finished right behind Housholder in fifth and sixth place as Celsey Beneda and Blair Nickelson in their career debuts for K-State.

In the hammer throw, Ammina AgBoga took third for the women and Jake Darrington finished third in the javelin for the men to continue posting long throws for the Wildcats.

K-State’s second meet record came in the women’s 400 meter hurdles as Avery Loyd posted a new PR in her victory. The sophomore clocked in at 1:054.74 to win the race by more than two seconds.

The Wildcats posted two more wins on the day in Emporia taking first place in the men’s 100 meters and pole vault.

Jordan Oakry ran well for the Wildcats clocking the fastest time of the prelims in the 100 meters and following it with an even faster time of 10.79 seconds. K-State also took places five through seven in the race. In the 200 meters, Dane Steen posted a second-place finish with his PR of 21.78 seconds.

In the men’s pole vault Tommy Brady tallied a personal best, going over the bar at 4.85 meters (15-11.00), adding four inches to his previous best. Cameron Savage tied for second place behind Brady with his clearance of 4.55 meters (14-11.00). Freshman Hannah Rubin took third for the women in the pole vault as well.

The Wildcats are headed back to Arizona next week where they spent spring break for a pair of meets hosted by the Arizona State Sun Devils. This time it will be for the Jim Click Shootout hosted by the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson.