Brady, Kregers Highlight K-State's Final Day in CA

April 5, 2014

Results: Sam Adams Multi | Stanford Invitational  K-State AthleticsMANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field concluded its California road trip with a final day of competition in Stanford for the Stanford Invitational and in Westmont for the Sam Adams Multi. Tommy Brady, Reinis Kregers and Joslyn Barnes all put in notable performances for the Wildcats. In all, K-State had eight top-20 performances in Stanford, while every Wildcat decathlete and heptathlete tied or set at least one personal best at the Multi.

Brady Takes First in Collegiate Pole Vault

Tommy Brady continued his impressive start to the outdoor season with a victory in the pole vault at the Stanford Invitational. Already setting an outdoor personal best in the event at this year’s TCU Invitational, Brady’s victory today marked his third career win in the pole vault overall. The junior pole vaulter cleared a height of 4.81m/15-09.25 amidst swirling winds at Cobb Track and Angell Field.

For Brady, it’s his first win in the pole vault since he finished first at the 2013 ESU Spring Open.  

Kregers Falls Just Short in Impressive Comeback Effort

Reinis Kregers started the second day at the Sam Adams Decathlon in seventh-place and proceeded to finish the multi-event in a close second. The sophomore put in a spectacular performance that saw him set personal bests in four of the final six events.

Sitting in fourth after the pole vault, Kregers recorded a career-best, and event best, throw of 57.89m/189-11.00 to jump into second with only the 1500 meter remaining. The Vecumnieki, Latvia, native put in a strong effort, posting another personal best on the track, but fell just short of defeating Chico State’s Patrick J. Smith.

For Kregers, his score of 7,304 was less than 50 points behind Smith’s winning score of 7,351 points. He set career bests in not only the javelin and 1500 meter, but also the 400 meter and 110 meter hurdles. His javelin throw, in particular, vaulted him to No. 5 all-time in the K-State decathlon top-10. It was an impressive effort for Kregers, who finished last outdoor season as the runner-up at the Big 12 Championships in the multi-event.  

Also competing for the Wildcats in the decathlon was Adam Deterding. The freshman from Hays, Kan., in his first-career decathlon, placed seventh overall in the multi-event with a score of 6,495 points.

Barnes Sets PR at Sam Adams Multi

Joslyn Barnes closed out her first heptathlon of the 2014 season with a bang, setting a new personal best of 5,161 points and finishing ninth-overall in Westmont, Calif. Her total score bested her previous career best of 5,023 points registered at last season’s Jim Click Shootout. The junior had a solid performance that included personal bests in both the high jump and javelin throw.

In all, the Wildcat heptathletes had a strong showing as each athlete set or tied a personal best in at least one event.

Erica Twiss led the K-State pack with a sixth-place finish that included top-five performances in both the long jump and 800-meter run. Her final score of 5,340 points was only eight points away from her career-best mark of 5,348.

Rounding out the top-10 finishes for K-State in the heptathlon were Merryl Mbeng and Sarah Kolmer. Mbeng, who set personal bests in Friday’s shot put and 200 meter, finished the multi-event in eighth-place with a score of 5,170 points, while Kolmer placed 10th with a score 5,087 points, including tying a personal best in Friday’s high jump.

Odds n’ Ends

•    The men’s 4x100 team finished fourth against a field 14 schools. The squad, consisting of Magnus Scott, Jr., Carlos Rodriguez, Tyris Jefferson and Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, finished the relay in a time of 40.85, only one-tenth of a second behind third-place finisher Cornell.

•    Sonia Gaskin concluded a busy weekend with a 12th-place finish in the 800 meter run in a time of 2:07.380. It was a tightly-contested race that saw the third-place and 14th-place finishers separated by only a little over a second and a half.

The St. George, Barbados, native finished her day running the 4x400 relay with Tia' Gamble, Angela Hart and Jordan Matthews. Running as a group for the first time this season, the foursome placed fifth in a time of 3:38.33. Gaskin and Gamble led the way, each running 54 second splits, while Hart and Matthews clocked in at 54.8 and 55.4, respectively.  

•    In the track events on the men’s side, the Wildcats had a combined four athletes post top-20 times in the 200 meter and 800 meter. Dane Steen headed the group in the 200, registering a 12th-place finish in a time of 21.89, while Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye and Tyris Jefferson finished in 15th and 19th, respectively.

Rounding out the top-20 performances on the track was Kyle Hanson in the 800 meter, who finished 19th out of 83 runners in a time of 1:51.37. Also putting in a notable performance in the 800 was Logan Smith. The junior finished 32nd, recording a personal best time of 1:51.95. It was Smith’s fastest time in the event since he ran 1:52.78 during the 2012 outdoor season at the Nebraska Invitational.

With the first of two trips to the Golden State in the books for K-State, the Wildcats return home before heading to Tucson, Ariz., for the Jim Click Shootout next weekend. Currently scheduled to only compete Saturday, April 12, it will be the first time K-State Track and Field has competed as one squad this outdoor season. For more information on today’s action, as well as the upcoming trip to Arizona, visit
K-State Results

Sam Adams Multi
Westmont Track
Westmont, Calif.

2: Reinis Kregers, K-State, 7,304 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 – Personal best
110H: 15.37 (-2.1) – 805 pts – Personal best
DT: 41.24m/135-04.00 – 690 pts
PV: 4.20m/13-09.25 – 673 pts
JV: 57.89m/189-11.00 – 706 pts – Personal best & 5th-best in school decathlon history
1500M: 4:40.67 – 676 pts – Personal best

7: Adam Deterding, K-State, 6,495 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
110H: 15.39w (3.0) – 803 pts
DT: 39.81m/130-07.00 – 661 pts
PV: 3.00m/9-10.00 – 357 pts
JV: 39.70/130-03.00 – 438 pts
1500M: 4:46.16 – 642 pts

6: Erica Twiss, K-State, 5,340 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
LJ: 5.84m/19-02.00 (-0.7) – 801 pts
JT: 26.67m/87-06.00 – 414 pts
800M: 2:16.94 – 866 pts

8: Merryl Mbeng, K-State, 5,170 pts
100H: 14.21 (0.2) – 949 pts
HJ: 1.60m/5-03.00 – 736 pts
SP: 11.07m/36-04.00 – 600 pts – Personal best
200m: 25.47 (1.2) – 844 pts – Personal best
LJ: 5.73m/18-09.75 (1.1) – 768 pts
JT: 28.95m/95-00.00 – 457 pts
800M: 2:20.58 – 816 pts

9: Joslyn Barnes, K-State, 5,161 pts – Personal best
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
LJ: 5.23m/17-02.00 (-3.3) – 623 pts
JT: 36.75m/120-07.00 – 605 pts – Personal best
800M: 2:22.35 – 792 pts

10: Sarah Kolmer, K-State, 5,087 pts
100H: 15.18 (0.2) – 818 pts
HJ: 1.57m/5-01.75 – 701 pts – Ties a personal best
SP: 12.12m/39-09.25 – 669 pts
200m: 25.26 (1.2) – 863 pts
LJ: 5.46m/17-11.00 (2.3) – 688 pts
JT: 32.75m/107.50 – 529 pts
800M: 2:20.34 – 819 pts

Stanford Invitational
Cobb Track and Angell Field
Stanford, Calif.

12: Dane Steen, K-State, 21.89 (-0.7)
15: Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, K-State, 21.895 (-0.7)
19: Tyris Jefferson, K-State, 21.01 (-0.5)
28: Christopher Campbell, K-State, 22.25 (0.3)
33: Magnus Scott, Jr., K-State, 22.432 (-3.1)

29: Jordan Matthews, K-State, 25.37 (1.2)

19: Kyle Hanson, K-State, 1:51.37
32: Logan Smith, K-State, 1:51.95 – Personal best
42: Kain Ellis, K-State, 1:53.14
46: Ryan Hershner, K-State, 1:53.42

12: Sonia Gaskin, K-State, 2:07.380
43: Marija Stambolic, K-State, 2:12.53

4: Scott, Jr.-Rodriguez-Jefferson-Otuonye, K-State, 40.85

--: K-State ‘A,’ FS

5: Gaskin-Gamble-Hart-Matthews, K-State, 3:38.33

Pole Vault
1: Tommy Brady, K-State, 4.81m/15-09.25