Wildcats Shine in First Day of Action in California

April 4, 2014K-State AthleticsMANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field closed out its first day of competition in California with several superb performances. Competing in the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, the Sam Adams Multi and the Stanford Invitational, the Wildcats had multiple top-five finishes as well as four athletes register top-10 school history marks.

Twiss and Barnes Set Personal Bests at Sam Adams Multi

In Westmont, Erica Twiss and Joslyn Barnes put in exceptional individual performances in their first heptathlon action of the season.

For Twiss, she continued to build upon an impressive 2014 campaign, setting personal bests in the 100 meter hurdles and 200 meter dash. The Carrollton, Texas, native opened up the day’s competition with a time of 13.58 seconds in the hurdles, finishing second to only Olympian Brianne Theisen-Eaton. The time easily bested her previous career high of 13.74 set at last weekend’s Emporia State Open and moved her to fourth all-time in K-State history, as well as second all-time in K-State heptathlon history.  It was the fastest 100H time ran by an athlete on the women’s team since Richelle Farley clocked in at 13.45 seconds in 2012 at the NCAA West Preliminaries.  

Twiss followed up that effort with another PR in her final event of the day, the 200 meter dash. Finishing in a time of 24.60, Twiss finished sixth-overall in the event. The time was good enough for 4th-best in K-State heptathlon history. The senior All-American finished day one of the heptathlon in eighth-place with a score of 3,259 points – a little over 100 points out of the multi’s top-five.

In the heptathlon high jump, Barnes registered a dominant performance. The junior set an indoor and outdoor personal best with an impressive jump of 1.81m/5-11.25. The height cleared was the top mark in the event and bested her previous overall best of 1.78m/5-10.00 set during the 2013 indoor season. Along with the new PR, Barnes moved into eighth-place in the event’s history and tied for second overall in K-State heptathlon history. Barnes finished the day in 10th-place with a score of 3,141 points.

Also competing in Westmont were Merryl Mbeng and Sarah Kolmer in the heptathlon and Reinis Kregers and Adam Deterding in the decathlon. Mbeng and Kolmer currently sit in 11th and 12th-place, while Kregers and Deterding closed out the first day of decathlon action in seventh and ninth-place, respectively.  

Wedekind, Donnelly and Schiller Run Wild in San Francisco

Competing in the largest Distance Carnival to date, the Wildcats only had three runners compete, but they all certainly made quite a splash.

Headlining K-State’s effort in the Bay Area was Morgan Wedekind, who excelled in the 3000 meter steeplechase for the second-straight week. Coming off a meet record performance at the ESU Spring Open, Wedekind one-upped it, finishing third out of a field of 31 competitors. The freshman finished in a time of 10:46.28, nearly 10 seconds ahead of fourth-place. Wedekind’s time moved her into third all-time in K-State history in the event and was the fastest time run by a Wildcat since Martina Tresch ran a time of 9:51.96 in 2011.

In the mid-distance events, Mary Frances Donnelly continued to perform well in her first outdoor season with the Wildcats. The freshman finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 1500 and 800 meter runs. Her top-10 performances were extremely impressive as the 800 meter had a registered field of 69 runners; while the 1500 meter had a whopping 116 athletes compete.

Rounding out a bevy of top-10 performances for the Wildcats was Erika Schiller in the 10K. Competing against a field of 32 runners, Schiller placed fifth in a time of 36:10.77. It was the junior’s first career 10K, as she narrowly missed out on cracking the K-State top-10 – finishing less than a minute behind Trisha Culbertson’s No. 10 all-time mark of 35:22.09.

Wildcats Battle in Stanford

Last, but not least, for K-State Track and Field were several notable performances in day one of the Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track and Angell Field.

On the men’s side, Jharyl Bowry and Carlos Rodriguez registered top-five performances in their respective events. Competing in the Long Jump Invitational, Bowry placed third with a leap of 7.56m/24-09.75 and was one of only three competitors to register a jump above 7.50m. In the 400 meter, Rodriguez placed fourth in a time of 47.16 against a field of 37 runners.

For the women, Angela Hart led the Wildcats with an eighth-place finish in the 400 meter hurdles. Finishing the event in a time 1:01.05, Hart just missed out on beating her PR of 1:00.14. Also putting in top-10 performances was Tia’ Gamble, Martina Tresch and Marija Stambolic. Tresch and Stambolic finished ninth and 10th in their sections of their respective events, the 3000m steeplechase and 1500 meter run, while Gamble placed 10th-overall in the 400 meter out of a field of 46 competitors.

K-State will close out its California road trip tomorrow with athletes continuing to compete at the Sam Adams Multi and Stanford Invitational. The Wildcat multis get started in Westmont tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., CT with the decathlon 110 meter hurdles, while action for K-State in Stanford starts at 3:18 p.m., CT with the men’s 4x100. For more information visit www.k-statesports.com.

K-State Results

SF St. Distance Carnival
Cox Stadium
San Francisco, Calif.

6: Mary Frances Donnelly, K-State, 2:13.66

5: Mary Frances Donnelly, K-State, 4:34.74

3000m Steeplechase
3: Morgan Wedekind, K-State, 10:46.28 – 3rd-best in school history

10K Meter Run
5: Erika Schiller, K-State, 36:10.77

Sam Adams Multi
Westmont Track
Westmont, Calif.

Decathlon (Day One)
7: Reinis Kregers, K-State, 3,754 pts
100m: 11.35 – 784 pts
LJ: 6.95m/22-09.75 (1.5) – 802 pts
SP: 12.79m/41-11.50 – 654 pts
HJ: 1.93m/6-04.00 – 740 pts
400m: 50.90 – 774 pts

9: Adam Deterding, K-State, 3,594 pts
100m: 11.42 – 776 pts
LJ: 6.72m/22-00.75w (4.9) – 748 pts
SP: 12.05m/39-06.50 – 609 pts
HJ: 1.93m/6-04.00 – 740 pts
400m: 51.92 – 728 pts

Heptathlon (Day One)
8: Erica Twiss, K-State, 3,259 pts
100H: 13.58 (1.3) – 1,039 pts – Personal best, 2nd-best in school heptathlon history & 4th-best in school history
HJ: 1.69m/5-06.50 – 842 pts.
SP: 8.85m/33-11.25 – 454 pts
200m: 24.60 (1.7) – 924 pts – Personal best & 4th-best in school heptathlon history

10: Joslyn Barnes, K-State, 3,141 pts
100H: 15.35 (0.2) – 796 pts
HJ: 1.81m/5-11.25m – 991 pts – Personal best, T-2nd-best in school heptathlon history & 8th-best in school history
SP: 10.34m/38-08.25 – 552 pts
200m: 25.94 (1.2) – 802 pts

11: Merryl Mbeng, K-State, 3,129 pts
100H: 14.21 (0.2) – 949 pts
HJ: 1.60m/5-03.00 – 736 pts
SP: 11.07m/36-04.00 – 600 pts
200m: 25.47 (1.2) – 844 pts

12: Sarah Kolmer, K-State, 3,051 pts
100H: 15.18 (0.2) – 818 pts
HJ: 1.57m/5-01.75 – 701 pts
SP: 12.12m/39-09.25 – 669 pts
200m: 25.26 (1.2) – 863 pts

Stanford Invitational
Cobb Track and Angell Field
Stanford, Calif.

100m (Prelims)
22: Jharyl Bowry, K-State, 11.06w (3.3)
23: Fernando Roman, K-State, 11.09 (-0.8)

12: Angela Hart, K-State, 14.48 (1.3)
30: Tia' Gamble, K-State, 17.87 (1.3)

4: Carlos Rodriguez, K-State, 47.16

10: Sonia Gaskin, K-State, 55.45
11: Tiia' Gamble, K-State, 55.48

Women (Section VIII)
10: Marija Stambolic, K-State, 4:42.90

3000m Steeplechase
Men (Section III)
17: Fernando Roman, K-State, 9:22.49

Women (Section I)
9: Martina Tresch, K-State, 10:16.08

8: Angela Hart, K-State, 1:01.05

Long Jump
3: Jharyl Bowry, K-State, 7.56m/24-09.75 (1.8)