`Cats Register Well-Rounded Effort in Tempe

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Kim Williamson and Alyx Treasure starred in their outdoor season debuts, while the women's 4x400 sped their way to a first-place finish in what amounted to an impressive showing by K-State Track and Field at the Sun Angel Track Classic. Held in Sun Angel Stadium on Joe Selleh Track, the Wildcats excelled to nine top-five finishes and several top-10 program marks.

In the Field...

· In the high jump, All-Americans Kim Williamson, Alyx Treasure and Nate Gipson all made their outdoor season debut. Williamson and Treasure took first and second, respectively, for the women, while Gipson tied for third on the men's side. Williamson, the Big 12 Indoor champion in the event, cleared 1.81m/5-11.25 on her 1st attempt for the win. Treasure, meanwhile, cleared 1.78m/5-10. Both marks rank within the top-five of the conference this season with Williamson's mark, in particular, tying her for second behind teammate Akela Jones (1.83m/6-00).

A freshman from Mansfield, Texas, Gipson tied for third with a clearance of 2.11m/6-11. His latest effort ended a stretch dating back to the indoor season that saw Gipson have a clearance of seven feet or better in five-straight meets.

· Nija Collier and Zanri Van der Merwe recorded top-five finishes in their respective horizontal jumps. In the triple jump, Collier, Big 12 Indoor runner-up, leapt 12.28m/40-03.50 to tie for third-overall. The freshman's latest effort marked over a foot improvement from her last time out in the event, where she hit 11.95m/39-02.50 for fifth at the Baylor Invitational.

In the long jump premiere, Van der Merwe tied a personal best with a leap of 5.75m/18-10.50 to finish fourth. Entering the meet with an outdoor season best of 5.30m/17-04.75, the sophomore-transfer's PR effort was her best in the event since she marked 5.75m at this indoor season's K-State Open.

· Megan Vanderpool made her way into the program top-10 list with a clearance of 3.55m/11-07.75 in the pole vault. Finishing 15th-overall, Vanderpool's outdoor season-best was good enough for ninth-best in school history. A freshman from Lenexa, Kansas, Vanderpool already has the sixth-best indoor mark (3.62m/11-10.50). Her latest effort is the best performance by a Wildcat women's pole vaulter outdoors since Alexandra Gonzalez and Nancy Harrington cleared 3.95m/12-11.75 and 3.84m/12-07.50, respectively, in 2008.

On the men's side, fellow Wildcat Tommy Brady tied his outdoor season-best with a clearance of 5.05m/16-06.75 for second-place.  

On the Track...

· Sonia Gaskin, Tia' Gamble, A'Keyla Mitchell and Sarah Kolmer notched the Wildcats' final victory on the track, clocking 3:35.12 in the 4x400 premiere for first-place. Running the event as a group for the second time this season, the foursome dominated competition, defeating the field of five by nearly three seconds -- second-place Arizona State finished 3:38.05. Also, with a six second improvement from their time of 3:41.81 at the Baylor Invitational, the winning time ranks as the fifth-fastest in school history.  

· Terrell Smith clocked a blazing 20.92 seconds in the 200-meter premiere, taking ninth in the process. A freshman from Vicksburg, Mississippi, Smith's time was nearly two-tenths of a second faster than his overall season-best of 21.10, set at Big 12 Indoors. It was an impressive effort, as Smith was one of only two collegiate athletes to finish in the top-10 -- Texas A&M's Shavez Hart being the other. Also of note, the season-best time put Smith at fifth-fastest in school history -- the best showing by a Wildcat men's sprinter since Carlos Rodriguez set the school record of 20.72 in 2013.

· In the 800-meter premiere, Sonia Gaskin took fourth in an overall season-best time of 2:05.74. Gaskin, who was a first team outdoor All-American in the event last year, was one of only four runners to clock a sub-2:06 time. Her teammate on the men's side, Kain Ellis, took first in the 800-meter open. A sophomore from Saint Joseph, Missouri, Ellis finished the race in a personal best time of 1:50.05.

· Elsewhere on the track, Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye and Dane Steen both recorded personal bests in the Sun Angel Classic 200-meter open. Taking seventh, Otuonye clocked 21.42 seconds for his best performance in the event since running 21.55 at the Bryan Clay Invitational in 2013. Steen, meanwhile, finished 13th in 21.58 seconds. The PR-effort bested his previous PR of 21.69, set at the Beach Invitational in 2014.

Both Otuonye and Steen would join Smith and Kaneil Harrison on the track to help the men's 4x100 squad to a fifth-place finish in 40.31. The second time this foursome has ran the event this season, their latest effort was over a second improvement from their time of 41.35 at last week's Baylor Invitational.

What's Next?

K-State competes in-state, traveling to Lawrence, Kansas, for the 88th Kansas Relays. Set to run from April 15-18, the Wildcats will partake in the full meet action on April 17-18, including a first-time scored quadrangular that includes Kansas, Purdue and Colorado State.  


Sun Angel Track Classic
Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium
Tempe, Arizona

200m Premiere
Men
9: Terrell Smith, 20.92 (0.0) -- 5th-fastest in school history

200m
Men
7: Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, 21.42 (1.7) -- Personal best
13: Dane Steen, 21.58 (1.7) -- Personal best
20: Kaneil Harrison, 22.27 (0.0)

800m Premiere
Women
4: Sonia Gaskin, 2:05.74

800m
Men
1: Kain Ellis, 1:50.05 -- Personal best

4x100
Men
5: Steen-T. Smith-Harrison-Otuonye, 40.31

4x400 Premiere
Women
1: Gaskin-Mitchell-Gamble-Kolmer, 3:35.12 -- 5th-fastest in school history

High Jump
Men
T3: Nate Gipson, 2.11m/6-11

Women
1: Kim Williamson, 1.81m/5-11.25 -- T-9th-best in school history
2: Alyx Treasure, 1.78m/5-10

Pole Vault
Men
T2: Tommy Brady, 5.05m/16-06.75

Women
15: Megan Vanderpool, 3.55m/11-07.75 -- 9th-best in school history

Long Jump
Women
4: Zanri Van der Merwe, 5.75m/18-10.50 (0.0) -- Ties personal best

Triple Jump
Women
T3: Nija Collier, 12.28m/40-03.50 (-0.8)