Combined Events Prove Strong for Wildcats

Erica Twiss

April 5, 2013

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Kansas State track and field sent the majority of its combined events group to the Jim Click Shootout hoping to post strong marks in the first heptathlon and decathlon of the season. The Wildcats got more than that as four of the six in action on Friday tallied personal best scores and another was just barely off the pace to again show K-State’s quality of depth in the mutli-events.

Senior Tomas Kirielius was among the leaders the entire way over the two days of action in the decathlon and came away in second place behind post-collegiate athlete Patrick Arbour. Kirielius scored a total of 7,505 points over the 10 events, just three points shy of his personal best. He was closely by freshman Reinis Kregers in third place with a new personal best of 7,343 points. Tony Granillo was also in action for the men after redshirting last outdoor season and finished eighth with a score of 6,652 points.

For the women, Erica Twiss was stellar throughout the competition as she posted a total of four marks that rank among the top 10 in school history in a heptathlon. Her final score of 5,348 points was a new PR and holds her place at sixth in school history. She was not the only female to post a PR in the heptathlon for the Wildcats as sophomores Sarah Kolmer and Joslyn Barnes both had their best two-day performances as well. Kolmer finished eighth with a score of 5,105 points to crack the top 10 list at K-State, and Barnes was right behind her in ninth with a total of 5,023 points.

Kirielius found himself in first place after the first day of the decathlon Thursday and he held that spot for most of the day Friday before losing ground in the javelin and 1,500 meters. He posted a new PR in the discus as he had a throw of 46.70 meters (153-02), which ranks second in school history in a decathlon. Kregers also had a strong throw as his toss of 42.00 meters (137-09) is seventh for a decathlon.

Twiss started the day strong in the long jump with a leap of 6.04 meters (19-09.75), which was a new PR and now only ranked third in school history for a heptathlon but also ranks ninth in school history overall. Perhaps most impressive of the jump for Twiss was that it came into a strong headwind and was an improvement of more than six inches on her previous PR.

Back on the men’s side, Kirielius had a PR in the pole vault but was off the mark in the javelin and 1,500 meters. Kregers had a throw of 55.72 meters (182-10) to rank seventh in school history for a decathlon. Granillo opened the day strong with a PR in the 110 meter hurdles, clocking in at 15.77 seconds.

Barnes had a PR in the javelin during the heptathlon, and Kolmer closed the competition with a PR in the 800 meters. Barnes had a slight improvement on her overall score besting last year’s score of 5,021 points at this meet with her total of 5,023. Kolmer had a significant improvement in her score surpassing 5,100 points when she did not reach the 5,000-point mark last year.

K-State Head Coach Cliff Rovelto was pleased with how his Wildcats performed in the combined events on Thursday and Friday and was glad to see them all have personal best scores or not be far off the pace this early in the second as it shows signs of improvement in nearly every event for them.

“For an early season meet, it went very well,” Rovelto said. “Tomas was right on his PR and Reinis had one, which was nice. Erica, Sarah and Joslyn all had PRs, and it was a solid meet for all of them. Hopefully, the rest of the weekend goes well for us.”

Two others with K-State ties were in action as volunteer assistant coach Bettie Wade won the heptathlon with a score of 5,867 points. Former Wildcat and current graduate research assistant Ryann Krais was also in action finishing in third. Krais had a two-day total of 5,781 points.

The Wildcats will have a full slate of events on Saturday at the Jim Click Shootout with the meet welcoming some of the top teams in the nation. K-State will be up against a top 10 team in Texas’ men, and the Arizona women in a team scored meet. The majority of the teams at the meet are currently ranked in the Top 25 by the USTFCCCA. Action starts at 9 a.m. Pacific with a live events link available at and Updates will also be provided on the Twitter handle @kstate_gameday.