Kirielius, Kregers Lead After Day 1 at Arizona

Tomas Kirielius

April 4, 2013

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TUCSON, Ariz. – In their first combined events competition of the outdoor season, the Kansas State Wildcats are shinning at the Jim Click Shootout. After the first day of the decathlon senior Tomas Kirielius leads the decathlon with freshman Reinis Kregers right behind in second place. Erica Twiss posted three top marks in school history for a heptathlon and stands in fourth place through the first four events.

Kirielius had two personal bests on the day as he finished third in the shot put portion of the decathlon at 14.27 meters (46-10.00). He also had his best mark in the 400 meters to close the day with a time of 49.62. His mark in the shot put was the No. 3 toss in school history in a decathlon. He also tied with Kregers for first in the high jump at 2.02 meters (6-07.50) to score 822 points and add to his lead heading into the 400 meters.

Kregers made an impact on the meet with two marks that rank among the best in school history in a decathlon. The freshman from Latvia had a strong mark in the shot put at 13.71 meters (44-11.75) to rank seventh in school history. He followed that with the high jump that was tops for the competition and ranks ninth for a decathlon as Kirielius already has a higher mark in a decathlon from last season. He closed the day with a new personal best in the 400 meters clocking in at 51.57 seconds.

The pair stood in first and second place through the first five events of the decathlon with Kirielius atop the standings at 3,939 points. Kregers was not too far behind with 3,833 points. Two more Wildcats were in action with Tony Granillo standing in 12th through the first day with 3,452 points. Devin Dick had a new PR in the shot put, but withdrew from the competition during the high jump.

“Tomas and Reinis had very solid days today,” said K-State Head Coach Cliff Rovelto. “They both can have significant PR scores with another solid day on Friday.”

On the women’s side Twiss had a very strong performance with her two new PRs and three top 10 marks in school history for a heptathlon. But she was not the only Wildcat to have a good day for the Wildcats as sophomores Sarah Kolmer and Joslyn Barnes each had three PRs to open the heptathlon.

Twiss opened the day with a time of 13.97 in the 100 meter hurdles, which ranks fifth in school history for a heptathlon. Kolmer and Barnes both PR’d in the event as well. The trio also posted career bests in the high jump with Barnes tying for second and tying her PR of 1.73 meters (5-08.00). Twiss jumped 1.70 meters (5-07.00), a significant improvement of four inches to also rank ninth in school history for a heptathlon. Kolmer improved her PR by half an inch.

Barnes and Kolmer backed up their high jumps with a new PR in the shot put as well, then Twiss ran her fastest time yet in the 200 meters. Twiss crossed the line in 24.67 seconds to now rank fifth for a heptathlon in school history.

Twiss ended the day with 3,236 points to stand in fourth place and the No. 2 collegian in the field as Arizona State’s Keia Pinnick stood in second place. Kolmer is in ninth place with 3,084 points and Barnes is right behind her in 10th with 3,031 points.

Former Wildcat Ryann Krais and volunteer assistant coach Bettie Wade were both in action as well looking to open the outdoor season with strong performances with their sights set toward larger meets down the road at USA Championships where they will look to qualify for the IAAF World Championships.

Wade is currently in the lead through the first four events with a total score of 3,688 points. She posted more than 1,000 points in the 100 meter hurdles and high jump to start the competition strong. Krais is in third place with 3,404 points.

“Erica and Sarah had really solid performances as well as Joslyn. All three should have significant overall PR scores,” Rovelto said. “Bettie and Ryann were pretty good for an early meet and not really prepping for this heptathlon.”

Action for day two of the heptathlon and decathlon begins at 10 a.m. Pacific from Drachman Stadium. Live results will be available at and The Wildcats will be up against a number of Top 25 teams at the Jim Click Shootout with a full slate of events on Saturday in a team scored meet that will count the heptathlon and decathlon in the standings.