Devin Dick Places Fourth in Mt. SAC Relays Decathlon

April 17, 2014

Results: Kansas Relays | Cal State LA Twilight OpenK-State AthleticsMANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field had a busy Thursday, competing at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., the Cal State LA Twilight Open in Los Angeles and the Kansas Relays in Lawrence. Devin Dick, in his second day of competition in the Mt. SAC Relays decathlon, finished the multi-event in fourth, while the Wildcats racked up 11 top-five finishes in Los Angeles.

Devin Dick Narrowly Misses Out on Top-Three Finish

In his first decathlon of the 2014 outdoor season, Devin Dick competed against some of the top competition in the country, holding a lead after day one and eventually finishing fourth in a field of 17.

The senior All-American opened up the multi-event this past Wednesday with an eighth-place overall finish in the 100 meter dash. Dick’s wind-aided time of 11.07 was fifth in a tightly-contested third section that saw less than five-tenths of a second separate second- and fifth-place. It would be the lowest finish of day one for Dick, as he would place in the top-five of the next three events, the long jump, shot put and high jump.

In the shot put, Dick registered a personal outdoor best of 14.35m/47-01.00 to finish third in the event. He followed up that performance by clearing a height of 2.02m/6-07.50 for first-place in the high jump. It was an impressive start for the Hutchinson, Kan., native, as Dick closed out day one in first-place with a score of 4,052 points – tops in a field that included fellow 2014 NCAA Indoor heptathlon competitors in Buffalo’s Mike Morgan, Akron’s Alex McCune and UCLA’s Marcus Nilsson.

The second day started off promising, as Dick set a personal best in the 400 meter of 50.65 seconds – good enough third in the event. Despite strong scoring performances in both the 110 meter hurdles and pole vault that kept him within the decathlon top-three, the senior ran into some trouble in both the discus and javelin throws. Placing outside the top-10 in both events, he fell to fourth-place overall in the multi-event. Dick would close out strong though in the decathlon’s final event, the 1500 meter, placing seventh and narrowly missing out on a top-three finish.

His final score of 7,138 points was a mere four points behind tying Akron’s Bryan Jones score of 7,142.

Head coach Cliff Rovelto said the senior performed well in his first decathlon of the season.

“He had some really good marks,” Rovelto said. “Really the only sub-par events were the discus and javelin. He did a good job otherwise. I was pleased with how he ran tough in the 1500 knowing his overall score was a little less than what it should have been.

“He will be fine.”

‘Cats Strong Under the Lights in LA

The Wildcats had a field day in Los Angeles, registering several top-five performances in Cal State LA’s Twilight Open.

• On the track…

o Fresh off a Big 12 Athlete of the Week performance at the Jim Click Shootout, Carlos Rodriguez picked up his second-straight win in the 200 meter. Finishing in a time of 21.33 seconds, Rodriguez defeated a field of 28 by over a half of second. The time is the fastest for a K-State sprinter this year, minus wind-aided marks. Also putting impressive efforts were Christopher Campbell and Kaneil Harrison, who finished third and 10th, respectively. Campbell’s time of 21.99 seconds, in particular, is his best finish in the event since he ran a time of 21.73 at the Sun Angel Track Classic in 2012.  

o Registering the other winning performances for K-State at Jesse Owens Stadium were Marija Stambolic and Kain Ellis, who swept the men’s and women’s 800 meter runs for the Wildcats. In the women’s 800, Stambolic defeated a field of 21 in a time of 2:12.26, a new season best for the Belgrade, Serbia, native.

For Ellis, he finished first out of a field of 26. His first victory in the event this outdoor season didn’t come easy though, as Ellis held off Western Washington’s Ryan McArthur to win the event. Finishing in a time of 1:54.34, Ellis’ time was less than two-tenths of a second ahead of McArthur’s time of 1:54.66.

o In the 100 meter, Dane Steen took third in a wind-aided time of 10.71 seconds, while Magnus Scott, Jr., finished the event in sixth. On the women’s side, Erica Twiss competed in her second-straight 100, this time placing fourth in a wind-aided time of 11.86 seconds. Twiss’ race, in particular, was tightly-contested as first- through fourth-place were separated by two-tenths of a second.

o Rounding out a slew of top-five performances on the track were Tia’ Gamble, Angela Hart and Laura Galvan in their respective events. Gamble, competing in her second 400 meter this season, placed second with a personal best time of 55.38 seconds.

In the 100 meter hurdles, Hart finished third in the 100 meter hurdles. Clocking in at a time of 14.39 seconds, Hart was one of three runners out of a field of 23 to register a sub-14.50 second time.  

Galvan, in her first career 1500 meter with K-State, finished fifth out of 19 runners in a time of 4:49.70. 

• In the field… (including the Kansas Relays)

o K-State only had four athletes total compete in individual field events between the three meets. In the Twilight Open long jump, Tyris Jefferson finished second with a leap of 7.26m/23-10.00, while Alyssa Kelly took third in the triple jump with a mark of 12.09m/39-08.00.

And lastly, Alex Roe placed fourth in the hammer throw at the Kansas Relays. Roe’s chuck of 56.61m/185-08.00 was the only throw out of his six attempts to not end in a foul.

K-State continues competition tomorrow, with a majority of the action taking place at the Mt. SAC Relays. Erica Twiss and company get going in Walnut at 12:30 p.m., while Ivan Hartung will be the lone Wildcat to compete at the Kansas Relays. Competing in the javelin, Hartung is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. More information on today’s action, including full results, can be found by visiting  

K-State Results

Mt. SAC Relays
Cougar Stadium
Walnut, Calif.

4: Devin Dick, K-State, 7,138 pts
100m: 11.07 w(3.1) – 814 pts
LJ: 7.15m/23-05.50 (1.2) – 850 pts
SP: 14.35m/47-01.00 – 750 pts – Personal outdoor best
HJ: 2.02m/6-07.50 – 822 pts
400m: 50.65 – 785 pts – Personal best
110H: 15.14 (0.8) – 833 pts
DT: 26.51m/86-11.00 – 396 pts
PV: 4.70m/15-05.00 – 819 pts
JV: 37.78m/123-11.00 – 410 pts
1500M: 4:48.48

Kansas Relays
Rock Chalk Park
Lawrence, Kan.

800m (Unseeded)
12: Kevin Jantsch, K-State, 1:55.45

18: Marie Taylor, K-State, 2:19.18
21: Sonja Schneider, K-State, 2:30.83

Hammer Throw
4: Alex Roe, K-State, 56.61m/185-08.00
17: Kyle Smith, K-State, 48.65m/159-07.00

Cal State LA Twilight Open
Jesse Owens Stadium
Los Angeles, Calif.

3: Dane Steen, K-State, 10.71 w(2.4)
6: Magnus Scott, Jr., K-State, 10.88 w(2.4)

4: Erica Twiss, K-State, 11.86 w(2.1)
24: Alyssa Kelly, K-State, 12.63 (1.8)

1: Carlos Rodriguez, K-State, 21.33 (0.3)
3: Christopher Campbell, K-State, 21.99 (0.7)
10: Kaneil Harrison, K-State, 22.62 (0.9)

9: Jordan Matthews, K-State, 25.18 (0.6)
17: Merryl Mbeng, K-State, 25.60 (0.7)

2: Tia' Gamble, K-State, 55.38 – Personal best

1: Kain Ellis, K-State, 1:54.34

1: Marija Stambolic, K-State, 2:12.26

5: Laura Galvan, K-State, 4:49.70

3: Angela Hart, K-State, 14.39 (0.8)
16: Sarah Kolmer, K-State, 15.33 (1.1)
17: Joslyn Barnes, K-State, 15.60 (0.9)

Long Jump
2: Tyris Jefferson, K-State, 7.26m/23-10.00 (0.1)

Triple Jump
2: Alyssa Kelly, K-State, 12.09m/39-08.00