Rodriguez Breaks School Record in Arizona

Carlos Rodriguez

April 6, 2013

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Kansas State track and field was up against some of the best teams in the nation this weekend at the Jim Click Shootout and the Wildcats came away with some of the best performances in school history and the NCAA this season. K-State’s men and women both finished third in the team scored meet that had four Top 25 teams competing on the men's side and two women's teams.

Carlos Rodiguez was the top Wildcat on Saturday as he broke the school record in the 200 meters. The sophomore from Puerto Rico clocked in at 20.72 seconds into a strong headwind. The time also is just .01 behind Texas A&M’s Ameer Webb for the No. 1 time in the NCAA this season. His record-breaking performance came after he posted a personal record in the 100 meters early in the day, clocking in at 10.39 seconds to rank fourth in school history and 18th in the nation so far this season.

Sprints was an area that was strong for the Wildcats on Saturday on both sides with freshman Jasmine Gibbs running 11.55 seconds in the 100 meters to just miss breaking the school record. Her time was enough to finish second also ranks 20th in the nation this season. Senior Samantha McKnight ran her fastest time of the second. Dane Steen also ran a PR in the 200 meters for the men as well.

Both relays for the men and women posted fast times that rank among the best in school history as well.

K-State’s group of Magnus Scott, Rodriguez, Jordan Oakry and Ifeanyi Otuonye finished third in the 4x100 relay with a time of 40.18 seconds. It is the fastest time in the event yet for the Wildcats this year and stands 18th in the NCAA. It also ranks 10th in school history. The women’s 4x100 team of McKnight, Richelle Farley, Ashley Williams and Gibbs also finished third, clocking in at 45.01. It was just off the pace for K-State’s fastest time this year, but it does rank seventh in school history and 17th in the nation this year.

The 4x400 relays also performed well. K-State’s men closed the meet with a second-place finish and a time of 3:09.07 to rank 20th in the NCAA. The women finished third, crossing the finish line in 3:38.71 to rank 18th in the nation and fifth in school history.

More fast times came in the hurdles with three Wildcats posting their fastest times of the season. Tarique Hill ran 14.28 to finish fifth for the men in the 110 meter hurdles. In the women’s 400 meter hurdles, Tia Gamble and Angela Hart both ran PR’s Gamble finished fourth with a time of 59.82 seconds and was fast enough for No. 26 in the nation. Junior Angela Hart posted a PR as well finishing in seventh place at 1:02.32.

The Wildcats also were impressive in the field events as the day opened with a runner-up finish for freshman Sara Savatovic in the women’s hammer throw. Ryan Hershberger had a second-place finish as well for the men in the shot put. He had his best toss of the year with a mark of 17.65 meters (57-11.00) to rank in the Top 25 in the nation. Freshman Olivia Housholder improved her best mark in the javelin again as she finished sixth with a toss of 41.60 meters (136-06) and move closer to No. 9 on the K-State list as she already holds the 10th spot.

Long jump was another event that saw the Wildcats post big marks. Newcomer Jharyl Bowry had a leap of 7.53 meters (24-08.50) to crack the Top 10 list in K-State history and stand in the top 15 in the NCAA so far this outdoor season. Gibbs had her best jump of the season at 5.95 meters (19-06.25) to get another win for the Wildcats. Fellow freshman Alyssa Kelly also had her best long jump of the season at 5.59 meters (18-04.25) as she finished sixth. Kelly backed that up with a new PR in the triple jump later in the afternoon when she finished second.

K-State’s distance runners opened the running events with impressive finishes for the afternoon. Sophomore Erika Schiller finished second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 11:13.80, and Fernando Roman posted a victory for the men in the first running event of the meet. Roman clocked in at 9:19.11 for his fastest time of the season.

After their third meet in the state of Arizona this season, the Wildcats will stay close to home next week as they head to the K.T. Woodman Classic hosted by the Wichita State Shockers.