Wildcats Cut Competition at Woodman Classic

Martynas Jurgilas

April 16, 2011


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WICHITA, Kan. – After weather forced a change in the schedule at the K.T. Woodman Classic, the Kansas State Wildcats had a day full of exciting track and field action on Saturday at Cessna Stadium. The Wildcats won a total of 11 events and 18 posted new personal records on the day.

The runner events started off with a bang for K-State in the 4x100 relay. The tandem of Cenarda Jackson, TiAra Walpool, Kim Haberman and Erica Twiss tallied the victory with a time of 46.92 seconds.

Denise Baker kept the trend going for the women in the next running event claiming the win in the 100 meter hurdles. Baker clocked in at 13.83 for her fastest time this season that was not wind-aided. She was not alone at the top either as Ryann Krais, Twiss and Jackson also finished in the top six. Krais crossed the finish line in 13.87 seconds to finish second while Twiss ran 14.46 to finish fourth and Jackson finished sixth. Krais’ time also ranks fifth in school history.

K-State also pulled the 1-2 punch in the men’s hurdles with Jeffrey Julmis winning the 110 meter hurdles in 13.87 seconds. Mantas Silkauskas was right behind him in second with his time of 13.94 seconds. Silkauskas’ time was a new personal best and moves him closer to surpassing No. 7 on the K-State list as he still stands in eighth. Moritz Cleve also ran his way to sixth in the hurdles on Saturday.

Krais kept K-State hot in the hurdle events winning the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 57.60 seconds. The time cuts one-tenth off her fastest time this season and moves her a bit closer to the top spot in school history. K-State went 1-2 in the men’s 400 hurdles as well with Franciso Colomar running the fastest time of the day at 52.61 seconds for a new personal best while at K-State. It also puts him 10th in school history. Luke Hibbeler was close behind finishing second in 53.56 seconds also for a new PR.

Martynas Jurgilas notched another K-State victory crossing the finish line in 10.53 seconds to win the men’s 100 meter dash. Jurgilas also won the 200 meter dash clocking in at 20.89 seconds to now rank third in school history.

Boglarka Bozzay continued the streak of success among the mid-distance runners winning the women’s 800 meters. Bozzay crossed the finish line in 2:07.35 for a new personal best to rank seventh in school history. Sara Stoakes finished close behind in second at 2:10.16. Meghan Heuer kept the mid-distance runners going strong with a win in the 1,500 meters clocking in at 4:31.91 for another personal best. Laura Lee Baird finished in second to give K-State another 1-2 finish clocking in at 4:35.08 for another PR as well for the Wildcats.

Former Wildcat and current volunteer assistant Christian Smith won the men’s 800 meters while Sam James finished second. Adam Porter finished second in the men’s 1,500 meters. Keeping strong in the distance events, Mitch Loring won the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase clocking in at 9:48.39.

The women also claimed a win in the 4x400 relay clocking in at 3:43.90. The men’s team also won the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:14.64. K-State also saw success in the hurdle shuttle relay race winning the women’s competition at 56.48.

In field events, Kim Haberman won the women’s long jump with her leap of 18-10.00 with Julia Zeiner finishing in fourth. Freshman Brooke Sharp had a strong performance as she leapt 5-05.00 in the high jump to finish second and improve her PR. Ryan Hershberger finished second in the men’s shot put, and Meriel Harwood claimed third in the women’s pole vault.

K-State again saw more success in the throwing events as Jessica Carter tallied a win in the women’s discus at 158-11.

A pair of former Wildcats ran late into the night Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays as Beverly Ramos claimed 16th in the women’s 5,000 meter Invitational Elite race. Amy Mortimer finished 21st in the race as well.

Also competing Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays was sophomore Martina Tresch fresh off her ninth place finish on Thursday in the 3,000 meter steeplechase Invitational Elite race. Tresch claimed 11th out of 126 runners in the 1,500 meters with a new personal best time of 4:24.48. She shaved nearly a full second of her previous best and still remains 10th in school history.

The Wildcats will be back in action next week for the Kansas Relays hosted by in-state rival Kansas Jayhawks. The Kansas Relays is one of the longest running track and field meets in the United States and regularly brings in strong competition. This year, the men’s shot put will have five of the top 10 shot putters in the world and will be contested in downtown Lawrence on Wednesday night. Downtown also will be home to the long jump on Thursday night. The meet runs Wednesday through Saturday with the downtown events free of charge. For tickets to the other events at Memorial Stadium, contact the KU Ticket Office.