Freshmen Shine at Jim Click Shootout

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Kansas State track and field team concluded the Jim Click Shootout on Saturday with the men's team finishing fourth and the women's team claiming fifth. The Wildcats had a number of impressive performances, including a pair from freshmen.

Freshman Martina Tresch finished second in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:28.87, which also ranks second in school history. Fellow freshman Erik Kynard, Jr. made his outdoor debut this weekend winning the men's high jump with a leap of 7-04.50 - fifth in K-State history.

It was not just the freshman class that shined for K-State at the Shootout, however. Building off her impressive school-record jump during indoor season, Nina Kokot won the long jump with a leap of 20-10.75 to tie for second in school history just half an inch shy of the record.

Junior college transfer Jeffrey Julmis won the men's 110 meter hurdles with his time of 13.86 seconds to also rank fifth in school history. Newcomer Balazs Baji finished third in the hurdles clocking in at 14.11 seconds and cracking the top 10. His time ranks eighth.

K-State also continued to be strong in the throwing events with Jacquelyne Leffler finishing third in the hammer throw with her mark of 178-06. Leffleer finished fourth in the shot put as well. Ali Pistora won the women's javelin as well with her throw of 155-00, and Cory Boulanger finished second in the men's javelin, throwing 200-10. Eric Thomas claimed third in the discus throwing 170-05.

The Wildcats are scheduled to compete at the annual Kansas Relays in two weeks in Lawrence for their next competition.

Team Standings
Men
1: Nebraska 227
2: Minnesota 130
3: California 77.50
4: Kansas State 74.50
5: Arizona 60

Women
1: Arizona 155
2: Minnesota 136
3: California 113
4: Nebraska 110
5: Kansas State 67

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