Wildcats Continue Running Strong

Samantha McKnight

April 8, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – It was another successful weekend of split action for the Kansas State track and field team as the Wildcats posted a handful of wins and personal records that rank among the best marks in school history. The Wildcats came away with one win at the Sun Angel Track Classic hosted by Arizona State and notched three victories at the Emporia State Relays.

Two weeks ago K-State split its squad to compete at meets hosted by the same schools and performed well. It was a similar story this weekend.

Senior Sydney Messick opened the Sun Angel Classic under the lights Friday night in Tempe and posted a new personal record in the 5,000 meters while finishing third. She crossed the line in 16:50.11 to improve her time from last year’s Aztec Invitational.

The fast times continued to come in on Saturday under the lights at the Sun Angel Classic. Freshman Sarah Kolmer won her first 400 meters in her career at K-State as she crossed the line in 54.94 seconds. She was able to hold off Arizona State’s Brierra Winfrey by just .15 of a second for the win.

The day started with a pair of third-place finishes for the Wildcats in the hurdles with Richelle Farley finishing in 13.85 seconds in the women’s 100 meter hurdles and Mantas Silkauskas crossing in 14.05 in the men’s 110 meter hurdles. Later in the day, senior Ryann Krais also took third in the women’s 400 meter hurdles. She finished in 58.23 seconds in her first 400 hurdles of the season.

Relays were another strong point for K-State in the desert with the men’s and women’s 4x100 teams taking second. Samantha McKnight, Farley, TiAra Walpool and Erica Twiss teamed up to run 45.91 seconds, the fastest relay of the season for the women. On the men’s side, Silkauskas, Carlos Rodriguez, Grant Loescher and Martynas Jurgilas also ran the fastest relay of the outdoor season at 39.86. The men’s time also ranks fourth in school history.

Wildcats who ran the relay also performed well in their open event with McKnight running 11.96 seconds for a new PR as she cracked the 12-second mark for the first time and finished fourth. Loescher also ran a PR for the men finishing seventh in 10.94 seconds. Farley finished second in the women’s 200 meters as well.

K-State’s distance runners went to Arizona State this weekend and ran well with two cracking the school’s top 10 list. Fernando Ramon finished third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with his time of 9:09.69. Ramon now ranks eighth in school history. Jacob Davies took on some of the nation’s best in the 800 meters competing in a premier heat and finished eighth. Davies posted a new PR with his time of 1:50.22. Senior Boglarka Bozzay also ran in a premier heat in the women’s 1,500 and improved on her PR from two weeks ago. Bozzay finished fifth in 4:20.28 to rank seventh in school history. In the open 800, Logan Smith finished second for the men.

The lone field event K-State competed in at the Sun Angel Classic was one of the highlights for the Wildcats as well. Sophomore Kyle Wait finished third in the pole vault getting over the bar at 17-01.00 (5.21 meters). He becomes only the second Wildcat to clear 17 feet as he trails only Doug Lytle’s mark of 18-08.75 at the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials.

“In general, most of our athletes performed well in Tempe,” said K-State Head Coach Cliff Rovelto. “Both the 4x1’s were good, and we had a few who had not run outdoors yet this season open well for us.”

At the ESU Relays, the Wildcats performed well with the throwers highlighting the action. Jacquelyne Leffler posted one win and a second-place finish on the day as she claimed the women’s discus with her throw of 146-08 (44.71m). She took second in the hammer throw at 178-06 (54.42m). The Wildcats also took third and fourth in the women’s hammer throw as Jessica Carter and Chelsie Bonds followed Leffler.

For the men, Ryan Hershberger was the top performer as he also took first in one event and second in another. The sophomore claimed the title in the men’s discus at 164-02 (16.95m) and took second in the shot put at 55-07.50 (16.95m). Alex Roe also shined for the Wildcats in the discus, finishing third. In the hammer throw, Tomaz Bogovic continued his impressive campaign throwing 196-02 (59.79m) to finish second.

In the javelin, K-State saw Cory Boulanger and Ivan Hartung throw deep again. Boulanger finished second with his toss of 206-09, breaking the 200-foot mark two meets in a row. Hartung took fourth at 196-07.

On the track, high winds made for fast times in the sprints. Dane Steen cracked 11 seconds for the first time this season in the 100 meters as he crossed the line in 10.82 seconds with a strong wind at his back to finish sixth. In the women’s 100, Kim Haberman ran 11.94 seconds to take fourth as she ran under 12 seconds for her first time. Both times were not eligible as PR’s because of the strong winds.

Haberman performed well in all her events as she won the long jump with an impressive leap of 20-05.25 (6.23m). The jump would have ranked seventh in school history but due to the high winds was not eligible. Her best legal jump is 19-08.00 and she previously jumped a wind-aided 19-08.75.

The Wildcats will again split up next weekend when one group will head south to Wichita to compete at the K.T. Woodman Classic. Another group will travel to the Texas for the UTEP Invitational.