Wildcats Have Themselves a Day at Jim Click

April 12, 2014

ResultsK-State AthleticsTUCSON, Ariz. – K-State Track and Field put in a solid performance in blustery conditions at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcat men’s and women’s squads finished second and fourth in the team scored meet, respectively, combining for 20 top-three finishes, including eight first-place efforts.

Head coach Cliff Rovelto was pleased with several individual efforts in K-State’s first action this outdoor season competing as a full squad.

“In general, I thought we had a solid meet,” Rovelto said. “The throwers did well; Danie [Plank] had a big PR, as did Alex Roe, while Dani [Winters] threw well in the shot put and discus. Erica Twiss had a great meet with some very solid marks and Carlos [Rodriguez] also opened very well in the 100 meter and 200 meter.

“The relays both ran as well as those groups are capable of running at this point. Devin Dick and Alyx Treasure both looked good too.”

Individually, K-State athletes set several personal bests and five top-10 K-State marks.

Plank Leads Throws Group

Freshman Danie Plank, in only her second meet of the entire year, registered one of the best javelin throw performances in K-State history. Hitting a mark of 51.00m/167-04.00, Plank placed first among a field of seven and put herself at No. 4 all-time in the event’s top-10. It was a dominant display for the Gardner, Kan., native, as she was the only thrower to clear 50 meters, finishing ahead of second-place finisher Kelsie Taylor, of Washington State, who hit 43.79m/143-08.00.

Plank’s mark is the best by a Wildcat since Ali Pistora registered the No. 2 mark in school history of 52.09m/170-11.00 at the Kansas Relays in 2011.

Elsewhere in the throws events, Dani Winters set two personal bests, placing second in both the shot put and discus. In the shot put, Winters hit a career outdoor best of 15.75m/51-08.25, besting a previous outdoor high of 15.61m/51-02.75 set at last season’s K.T. Woodman Classic. Lastly, in her first discus action this season, Winters placed second with a career-best mark of 48.71m/159-10.00. She led the Wildcat women in the field with 16 total points.

Alex Roe also posted a personal best performance in the men’s hammer throw. Already with a PR in the event at this season’s TCU Invitational, Roe bested his previous high of 58.95m/193-05.00 with a throw of 59.43m/195-00.00 today. His latest effort puts him at 4th-best all-time in school history.  

Rounding out the point-scoring performances for the throws group were Sara Savatovic, Ryan Hershberger and Ivan Hartung. Savatovic finished second in the hammer throw, while Hershberger scored 10 total points between the shot put and discus and Hartung took fifth in the javelin. The threesome combined for 22 total points, giving the throws group an overall scoring total of 56 points.

Twiss Shines on Track and in the Field

Erica Twiss had herself quite a day on both the track and in the field. The senior Carrollton, Texas, native registered two first-place finishes, including a first-place finish in the 100 meter hurdles, as well two top-three finishes in the 100 meter dash and 4x100 relay.

In the hurdles, Twiss scorched a field of 13 competitors, finishing the event in a wind-aided time of 13.44 seconds – nearly a half of second better than the second-place finisher, Arizona’s Traci Hicks. The senior’s other first-place performance came in the long jump, where Twiss defeated a field of 13, with a jump of 5.99m/19-08.00. The effort marked the second-straight week Twiss has finished at the top of the pack in the event.

Rounding out her performances on the track, Twiss, along with Tia' Gamble, Jordan Matthews and Angela Hart, placed third in the 4x100 meter relay.  She would go onto finish her day competing individually in her first career 100 meter dash, placing a close second behind Arizona’s Germe Poston in a wind-aided time of 11.56 seconds – good for fifth-best all-time in school history for wind-aided marks.

In all, Twiss helped account for 34 of the Wildcat women’s 98 points.

Treasure Clears a New PR

Alyx Treasure made like it was 2012 and cleared a new personal best in the high jump. Placing first in the event with a height cleared of 1.85m/6-00.75, Treasure secured No. 7 in school history. The height cleared bested her previous career high of 1.84m/6-00.50 set at the Texas Relays in 2012 and was the best mark by a Wildcat since Morgan High cleared 1.86m/6-01.50 at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in 2004.

Also putting in scoring performances for K-State in the high jump were Joslyn Barnes, Rachel Proteau and Zack Riley. Barnes, coming off a career performance of her own at last weekend’s Sam Adams Multi, placed third, while Proteau tied for fourth in the event. On the men’s side, Riley finished third with a height cleared of 2.15m/7-00.50 – his highest mark in outdoor competition since joining the Wildcats.  

Rodriguez Goes Three-for-Three

Carlos Rodriguez looked back to his dominant self, finishing first in the 100 meter, 200 meter, as well as helping the 4x100 squad to its first top-finish of the outdoor season.

The senior, who had considerable success at least season’s Shootout that included a school record mark in the 200 meter and a PR in the 100 meter, registered another K-State top-10 mark in the 100 meter. Finishing first in a wind-aided time of 10.38 seconds, Rodriguez’s time was good for third-best all-time in wind-aided marks.

Rodriguez made do with the windy conditions in the 200 meter as well, placing first in a time of 20.83 seconds – second-best all-time in school history for wind-aided marks. Rounding out his stellar performance on the track, Rodriguez, along with Tyris Jefferson, Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye and Magnus Scott, Jr., finished first in the 4x100 in a time of 40.47 seconds.    

The Rest of the Top-3s…

• On the track, Sarah Kolmer and Sonia Gaskin both finished third in the 400 meter and 800 meter, respectively. For Kolmer, it was only the second 400m of her career, as she finished less than a tenth of a second behind second-place finisher Bree Winfrey of Washington State.

In the 800 meter, Gaskin finished in the top-three for the second time this season, clocking in at a time of 2:09.20. It was a tightly-contested race that saw less than two-tenths of a second separate the top-three finishers.

• In the field, Kyle Wait and Devin Dick both registered top-three performances. For Wait, he cleared 5.05m/16-06.75 to finish third in the pole vault. Dick, in his outdoor season debut, set a personal best in the long jump of 7.47m/24-06.25 on his way to a third-place finish.

The Wildcats now shift their attention to the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan., and Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. Returning to split-squad action for the final time this season, K-State will be back in action next week from April 17-19. For more information on today’s action, as well as the upcoming meets, visit www.k-statesports.com.

K-State Results

Jim Click Shootout
Roy P. Drachman Stadium
Tucson, Ariz.

Team Results
1: Washington State, 158 | 2. K-State, 134 | 3. Arizona, 132 | T4. Air Force, 67 |T4. New Mexico, 67

1. Washington State, 193 | 2. Arizona, 115 | 3. Air Force, 99 | 4. K-State, 98 | 5. New Mexico, 76

1: Carlos Rodriguez, K-State, 10.38w (2.3) – 3rd-best wind-aided mark in school history
4: Dane Steen, K-State, 10.69w (2.3)
7: Magnus Scott, Jr., K-State, 10.80w (2.3)

2: Erica Twiss, K-State, 11.56w (3.7) – 5th-best wind-aided mark in school history

1: Carlos Rodriguez, K-State, 20.83w (2.3) – 2nd best wind-aided mark in school history
8: Dane Steen, K-State, 21.60w (2.1)

7: Jordan Matthews, K-State, 24.73 (1.8)

9: Adam Deterding, K-State, 51.52

3: Sarah Kolmer, K-State, 55.39
6: Jordan Matthews, K-State, 56.33

4: Kyle Hanson, K-State, 1:51.17
8: Logan Smith, K-State, 1:53.37

3: Sonia Gaskin, K-State, 2:09.20
6: Marija Stambolic, K-State, 2:13.52

12: Ryan Hershner, K-State, 4:06.71
13: Blake Goodin, K-State, 4:09.30

4: Mary Frances Donnelly, K-State, 4:32.53

1: Erica Twiss, K-State, 13.44w (4.0)
4: Merryl Mbeng, K-State, 14.12w (4.0)
7: Angela Hart, K-State, 14.48w (4.00)
11: Joslyn Barnes, K-State, 15.10 w (2.7)

4: Devin Dick, K-State, 14.61w (3.8)
7: Adam Deterding, K-State, 15.04w (3.4)
8: Reinis Kregers, K-State, 15.35w (3.4)

4: Tia’ Gamble, K-State, 1:00.84
6: Angela Hart, K-State, 1:03.69

1: Scott, Jr.-Rodriguez-Jefferson-Otuonye, K-State, 40.47

3: Twiss-Gamble-Matthews-Hart, K-State, 45.74

4: Jefferson-Otuonye-Harrison-Hanson, K-State, 3:15.17

1: Gaskin-Gamble-Mbeng-Kolmer, K-State, 3:39.32

High Jump
3: Zack Riley, K-State, 2.15m/7-00.50
9: Miles Bearden, K-State, 1.95m/6-04.75

1: Alyx Treasure, K-State, 1.85m/6-00.75 – Personal best & 7th-best in K-State history
3: Joslyn Barnes, K-State, 1.70m/5-07.00
T4: Rachel Proteau, K-State, 1.70m/5-07.00

Pole Vault
3: Kyle Wait, K-State, 5.05m/16-06.75
6: Tommy Brady, K-State, 4.75m/15-07.00

Long Jump
3: Devin Dick, K-State, 7.47m/24-06.25 (1.0) – Personal best
4: Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, K-State, 7.43m/24-04.50
5: Tyris Jefferson, K-State, 7.25m/23-09.50w (2.4)

1: Erica Twiss, K-State, 5.99m/19-08.00 (0.4)
4: Merryl Mbeng, K-State, 5.78m/18-11.75 (0.5)
7: Alyssa Kelly, K-State, 5.60m/18-04.50 (1.9)

Triple Jump
4: Alyssa Kelly, K-State, 11.72m/38-05.50 (0.8)

Shot Put
4: Ryan Hershberger, K-State, 17.69m/58-00.50
10: Devin Dick, K-State, 14.33m/47-00.25

2: Dani Winters, K-State, 15.75m/51-08.25 – Personal outdoor best

4: Ryan Hershberger, K-State, 50.92m/167-01
7: Reinis Kregers, K-State, 44.45m/145-10

2: Dani Winters, K-State, 48.71m/159-10 – Personal best

5: Ivan Hartung, K-State, 60.94m/199-11

1: Danie Plank, K-State, 51.00m/167-04 – 4th-best in K-State history

Hammer Throw
2: Alex Roe, K-State, 59.43m/195-00 – Personal best & 4th-best in school history

2: Sara Savatovic, K-State, 59.27m/194-05