Walpool's Win Highlights Day 3 at Texas Relays

TiAra Walpool

April 8, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas – The Kansas State Wildcats continued to put together strong performances at the 84th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Friday with a small group competing well on the track and in the field. The day’s performances were led by a pair of Wildcats in the men’s 110 meter hurdles along with TiAra Walpool in the triple jump.

The tandem of Mantas Silkauskas, Jeffrey Julmis, Jason Coniglio and J.J. Marshall opened the day for K-State running in the men’s 4x100 relay and finishing 15th with their time of 41 seconds flat. The team missed out on advancing to Saturday’s final with some of the nation’s top 4x100 squads competing in Austin this week. All nine of the teams advancing to the final are ranked in the top 20 in the event.

Nina Kokot and Walpool performed in their respective jumping events with Kokot taking on one of the deepest fields in the competition in the women’s long jump.

A total of eight athletes from the NCAA Indoor Championship last month, including Kokot, were in the field in the long jump. Kokot leapt a season-best 20-08.00 to finish sixth.

Walpool closed out the day’s action for K-State with a win as she was in her first triple jump competition since the outdoor opener at San Diego State three weeks ago. Walpool won the event by 2.5 inches with her leap of 42-01.25. She found herself in sixth place heading into her final jump after posting 40-11.50 on her fifth attempt. The big jump came on her final attempt as she was able to launch herself all the way to the top.

“TiAra actually struggled throughout but she gradually got better and put it together on her last jump,” said K-State coach Cliff Rovelto. “I think Nina did a nice job of jumping as well.”

Silkauskas and Julmis each competed in the men’s 110 meter hurdles shortly after the relay with both advancing to Saturday’s final. Silkauskas posted the sixth-best time in the preliminaries clocking in at 13.67 seconds in his first hurdles competition of the outdoor season. Julmis also ran his first hurdles race of the season crossing the line in 13.73 seconds to finish seventh in the prelims and advance to the final.

Denise Baker ran her fastest time of the season so far in the women’s 100 meter hurdles as she finished in 13.80 seconds but did not advance to the final finishing 25th overall.

K-State had a pair of Wildcats running in the men’s 100 meters led by Marshall’s time of 10.58 seconds to finish 28th. The time would qualify for a new personal record but all times in the prelims were wind-aided with high winds on Friday morning. Jason Coniglio clocked in at 10.65 seconds for another time that would have been a personal best if not for the wind.

Rovelto said he was pleased with how his sprinters all performed in the windy conditions and without one of the key legs on the 4x100 relay not competing.

“I think Jeffrey and Mantas ran very well considering the strong winds. The wind actually made it tougher for them. Denise ran fine and was well ahead of last year at this point,” Rovelto said. “The 4x1 was very good in terms of foot speed. We used a different order and didn’t have Martynas Jurgilas. Our handoffs were not good and we still ran 41 flat.”

The Wildcats will be back in action for a full day from two meets with Julmis and Silkauskas running in the hurdles final along with Erik Kynard competing in the high jump in Texas. K-State will also have a large group competing at the Emporia State Relays all day.

K-State Results
Clyde Little Field Men’s University 4x100 Relay Prelims
 15th: Silkauskas-Julmis-Jurgilas-Marshall: 41.00

100H Prelims
25th: Denise Baker, 13.80 (w 2.1) wind-aided

110H Prelims
Mantas Silkauskas, 13.67 (w 4.3) wind-aided, advance
Jeffrey Julmis, 13.73 (w 4.6) wind-aided, advance

100M Prelims
28th: J.J Marshall, 10.58 (w 4.6) wind-aided
38th: Jason Coniglio, 10.65 (w 4.6) wind-aided

Women’s Long Jump
6th: Nina Kokot, 20-08.00 (w 1.8)

Women’s Triple Jump
1st: TiAra Walpool, 42-01.25 (w 2.7) wind-aided