Krais Claims Second in Heptathlon at Texas Relays

Ryann Krais

April 7, 2011


AUSTIN, Texas – Kansas State’s Ryann Krais put on an impressive show over the first two days of action at the 84th Texas Relays with the junior finishing second in the women’s heptathlon at the prestigious meet with a new personal best score. Krais found herself in second place throughout most of the competition and came away with a point total of 5,848 points to also rank second in school history.

Krais opened the competition with the second-fastest time in the 100 meter hurdles clocking in at 13.67 seconds on Wednesday. She followed that with a strong high jump of 5-07.00. Krais also had the No. 2 mark in the shot put as she posted her first personal best of the meet with her launch of 39-10.00. She closed the first day with her time of 24.85 seconds in the 200 meters to post 3,452 points through the first four events.

On Thursday, Krais came out firing again as she leapt 19 feet even in the long jump to open the day just four inches shy of her PR in the event. The mark solidified her spot at No. 2 on the leaderboard as it was again the second-best mark in the field for the event. She then followed that with a throw of 127-04 in the javelin to move closer to the lead as the leader was nearly 25 feet behind Krais in the event.

Going into the final event, Krais needed to defeat West Virginia’s Chelsea Carrier by a large margin in the 800 meters to surpass her for the win. Krais made a run for it similar to her charge in the final event at the NCAA Indoor Championship last month clocking in at an impressive 2:09.90 for a new PR in that event as well. Carrier ran approximately nine seconds slower than Krais to hold off the charge and win the heptathlon with her point total of 5,927 points.

K-State Director of Track and Field Cliff Rovelto said he was impressed with Krais’ performance this early in the outdoor season, especially considering some of the disciplines have not been practiced as much as others at this point in her training.

“Obviously, Ryann did a great job going out and getting a PR in her first heptathlon of the year,” Rovelto said. “She had some quality marks and did some good things in events we are working to make changes in. She also did well in some events that we have not had the opportunity to work on outdoors much. All in all it was a very encouraging outing.”

There will be a small group of Wildcats in action over the remainder of the Texas Relays on Friday and Saturday. Live results will be available at along with video coverage. The rest of the Wildcats are set to compete in the Emporia State Relays on Saturday.

Ryann Krais Heptathlon Results
100 Hurdles: 13.67, 1026 pts – fastest heptathlon time in school history
High Jump: 1.70m/5-07.00, 855 pts
Shot Put: 12.14m/39-10.00 PR, 670 pts
200M: 24.85, 901 pts
Day 1 Total: 3452 points – 2nd place

Day 2
Long Jump: 5.79m/19-00.00, 786 pts
Javelin: 38.81m/127-04, 644 pts
800M: 2:09.90 PR, 966 pts – fastest heptathlon time in school history
Total: 5848 pts PR, 2nd place – 2nd school history