Wildcats Claim 12 Wins at ESU, Texas

Kim Haberman

March 31, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Saturday was another day with big numbers posted at the 85th Annual Texas Relays, and two Kansas State Wildcats were among those performances. After K-State's sprinters just missed out on qualifying for Saturday's finals, the Wildcats again showed why they are considered one of the top high jumping programs in the nation.

Junior Erik Kynard won the men's high jump with his leap of 7-03.00 (2.21 meters). He bested a pair of jumpers from Indiana in Darius King and Derek Drouin. King finished third at the NCAA Indoor Championship, and Drouin swept the 2010 high jump titles and won indoors in 2011 before redshirting outdoor last year and indoor this year. Kynard elected to raise the bar to 7-05.25 (2.27m) but missed all three of his attempts at the height.

For the women, freshman Alyx Treasure was the top collegiate in the field as she finished second to four-time Olympian Amy Acuff. Treasure and Acuff both cleared 6-00.50 (1.84 meters). Acuff went on to jump 6-04.75 to win the competition. Treasure bested Kentucky's Terri-Ann Grant and a group of jumpers from the Texas Longhorns.

Both high jump events featured a number of athletes who competed recently at the NCAA Indoor Championship with Kynard and Treasure each jumping better than their competitors who bested them three weeks ago.

"Erik jumped well and his attempts at 2.27 were good," said K-State Head Coach Cliff Rovelto. "Alyx had a PR so she obviously did well for us. I thought today was the best she's looked all year."

The impressive performances were not limited to the Lonestar State for the Wildcats. A large group from the K-State team took on the competition at the ESU Open hosted by Emporia State and came away with 10 wins and seven runners-up. The Wildcats won 11 of the 17 events they were entered at the ESU Open.

K-State's victories at Emporia were highlighted by a sweep of the 100 meters. Senior Martynas Jurgilas won the men's race with his time of 10.43 seconds in his first race of the outdoor season. Kim Haberman had strong day for the Wildcats as she won the women's 100 meters in 12.17 seconds. She also won the women's long jump with a big leap of 19-02.00 to miss her personal record by six inches in her first jump of the season.

Freshman Sophia Alonso continued to make an impact for the team in her first season wearing purple as she won the 200 meters, clocking in at 24.62 seconds. She also ran the opening leg of the women's 4x100 relay that claimed another victory. Alonso teamed up with Haberman, Edina Brooks and Cenarda Jackson to defeat Emporia State by nearly four-tenths of a second. Jackson was one of the Wildcats to take home second place as she finished close behind Haberman in the 100.

The men crossed the line first in the 4x400 relay with the tandem of Chris Campbell, Franciso Colomar, Ashton Draper and Luke Hibbeler besting ESU by more than three seconds. Colomar also won the 400 meter hurdles with Hibbeler in second. Campbell also took second in the men's 200 meters.

K-State shined in the field events as well on Saturday at the ESU Open with three of the Wildcats' wins coming in the high jump, pole vault and hammer throw. Sophomore Brooke Sharp posted her best jump as a Wildcat clearing 5-05.25 (1.66m) to take the win while freshman Tommy Brady improved on his PR in the pole vault winning at 15-07.00 (4.75m). Tomaz Bogovic continued his strong opening to the outdoor season winning the hammer throw with a toss just shy of 200 feet. He dominated the competition winning by more than 30 feet.

Throwing events were a strong point for the Wildcats again with Bogovic leading the way with his victory in the hammer throw. In addition to his win, K-State posted three runners-up in throwing events. Senior Chelsie Bonds was second in the hammer throw and Ryan Johnson was next behind Bogovic. Sophomore Ryan Hershberger was second in the discus, finishing just ahead of K-State Assistant Coach Steve Fritz, who was competing unattached. Hershberger had a throw of 164-04 (50.10m) and Fritz was at 157-11 (48.13m). Hershberger also won his best event as he took gold in the shot put. He won by 11 inches with his toss of 56-06.75 (17.24m) for a new PR, surpassing his previous best by more than two feet.

The Wildcats will be a split squad again next week when one group heads back to Tempe, Ariz., for the second time this season to compete in the Sun Angel Invitational hosted by Arizona State. Another group of Wildcats will return to Emporia for the ESU Relays.