Jones, Galvan Shine in Arizona

MESA/TUCSON, Ariz. -- Akela Jones and Laura Galvan continued K-State Track and Field's weekend of action in Arizona with solid showings in the Jim Click Shootout and Mesa Classic, respectively. Both athletes recorded top-five finishes in their events, with Jones taking second in the heptathlon and Galvan racing her way to victory and a meet record in the 5,000-meter run.

Jones Places Second in Jim Click Heptathlon

Akela Jones followed up a strong first day in the Jim Click Heptathlon to finish second-overall with a total tally of 6,049 points on day two. For Jones, who was competing in her first career heptathlon, it was an impressive showing that included top-10 program heptathlon marks in five of the multi's seven events.

Jones opened up the second day of action leading senior Salcia Slack of New Mexico Highland, 3,731-to-3,631 and held that lead following a leap of 6.33m/20-09.25 in the long jump. The Big 12 Indoor champion and a first team All-American in the event, Jones' mark was the second-best by a Wildcat multi, while also ranking at sixth-best in school history. Also worth noting, only Kansas' Sydney Conley at 6.50m/21-04 had recorded a better mark in the conference heading into this weekend.

Moving onto the javelin, Jones threw 34.53m/113-03 to add another 740 points onto her total score before ending the multi running a career-best 2:21.62 in the 800-meter. Despite finishing a close second overall to Slack (6,141 points), Jones' 800-meter time shaved nearly 20 seconds off her previous best in the event of 2:39.62.

Head coach Cliff Rovelto had strong praise for the junior-transfer from Oklahoma Baptist, who continued to dazzle in her first season as a Wildcat.

"Akela did a phenomenal job," Rovelto said. "This was literally the first heptathlon she has done in her life and she will be just 20 years old in a couple weeks. For someone her age and experience to score this high is pretty much unheard of. She had a solid meet throughout, but we know there is a lot more there. What I am most proud of is her 800 [meter run]. She has now convinced herself that she can do this event and in my eyes became a true combined-eventer today."

While still early, Jones' showing already has her climbing up the Division I and Big 12 leaderboards. Her heptathlon tally ranks tops on both leaderboards, while her long jump (T-5th) and high jump (1.83m/6-00 -- T-6th) each rank in the top-10 of Division I. Already with the No. 2 mark in program history in the pentathlon, Jones' heptathlon score of 6,049 points ranks her at second all-time behind Wildcat Olympian Austra Skujyte, who set the school record of 6,275 points at the 2002 European Championship.

Galvan Shatters Mesa Classic Meet Record

Laura Galvan capped off a late night of Wildcat track action with a bang, shattering the Mesa Classic meet record en route to a victory in the 5,000-meter run. Clocking 16:40.52, Galvan cruised past a field of 22 runners for her first career victory in the event. The winning time bested the previous meet record of 17:27.03 set by Trina Painter of Quest Club in 2004, as well as put Galvan at eighth on the program's top-10. A senior from Guanajuato, Mexico, Galvan's career-best time was the fastest ran by a Wildcat since former All-Americans Beverly Ramos and Martina Tresch clocked 15:51.82 and 16:33.61, respectively, in 2010.

What's Next?

K-State finishes up its week in Arizona with the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe. One of 20 schools invited, the Wildcats kick off action in the women's high jump at 2 p.m. CT that will include outdoor season debuts from All-Americans Alyx Treasure and Kim Williamson. Competition is expected to go well into the evening, finishing up with the 4x400-meter relays on the track starting with the women at 10:14 p.m. CT. Up-to-the-minute results can be found by visiting the Arizona State Track and Field homepage, while fans can follow K-State at @kstate_gameday under #KStateTF.  

Jim Click Combined Events
Roy P. Drachman Stadium
Tucson, Arizona

2: Akela Jones, 6,049 pts. -- 2nd-best in school history
100H: 13.67 (0.0) -- 1,026 pts -- 4th-best in in school heptathlon & 7th-best in school history
HJ: 1.83m/6-00 -- 1,016 pts. -- 2nd-best in school heptathlon & 9th-best in school history
SP: 12.30m/40-04.25 -- 681 pts. -- 5th-best in school heptathlon history
200m: 23.72 (0.0) -- 1,008 pts. -- Fastest-time in school heptathlon & 5th-best in school history
LJ: 6.33m/20-09.25 (0.9) -- 868 pts. -- 2nd-best in school heptathlon & 6th-best in school history
JT: 34.53m/113-03 -- 740 pts.
800m: 2:21.62 -- 902 pts.

Mesa Classic
Riggs Stadium
Mesa, Arizona

1: Laura Galvan, 16:40.23 -- Meet record & 8th-fastest in school history