Wildcats Post Fast Times at Multiple Meets

Martynas Jurgilas

April 20, 2012

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Thursday started a week that will see the Kansas State track and field team spread across the country and compete in four different meets. The Wildcats saw strong numbers posted in the distance events at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays while another group performed well at the 85th Kansas Relays with more action to come.

Friday’s action started with the pair of sophomores Julia Zeiner and Angela competing in the women’s 100 meter hurdles. Neither was able to advance to Saturday’s final with Zeiner running 16.11 seconds in the abnormally cool conditions. Hart ran 14.87 seconds in her first 100 hurdles event of the season after running only 400 meter hurdle events thus far. For the men, Tarique Hill finished second in his heat and advanced to the final with his time of 14.41 seconds. The time was his fastest of the season with a legal wind surpassing his previous best of 14.54 in his outdoor debut for K-State at the ASU Invitational.

Hart also ran the 400 hurdles and finished with a time of 1:03.53 to finish third in her heat and 11th overall and just miss Saturday’s final by approximately half a second. Franciso Colomar tripped over the fifth hurdle in the men’s 400 hurdles but manage to keep from falling. The stumble slowed his time to 54.87 seconds and he also failed to make the final. Luke Hibbeler ran 54.56 in his heat to just miss a season-best time for him. His time did not qualify for the final either.

Freshman Chris Campbell was one of K-State's top runners at Kansas Relays on Friday as he finished third in his heat and posted the seventh-fastest time of the day to advance to Saturday's final in the 400 meters. He clocked in at 48.37 seconds and will run again a 3 p.m. Saturday.

In field events, sophomore Kyle Wait kept his impressive campaign going as he took fifth place and posted a mark of 16-10.75 (5.15m). He finished third among collegiate competitors with a number of post-collegiate athletes in the field Friday afternoon. He missed his three attempts at what would have been a new PR at 17-02.75 competing with the largest pole he has used in his career.

Jacquelyne Leffler claimed eighth place for the Wildcats in the women’s shot put Friday as she had a toss of 48-01.25 (14.66m). The mark was approximately one foot behind her best of the season, and in the men’s shot, sophomore Ryan Hershberger took 11th in the men’s shot put.

Senior Cory Boulanger had the best performance of all K-State’s throwers on Friday as he posted his best mark of the year in the javelin. His toss of 216 feet (65.84m) placed him seventh and fourth among collegiate competitors as a strong field of professionals and post-collegiates competing. Boulanger’s throw was an improvement by nearly eight feet. Freshman Ivan Hartung came in 12th place with a throw of 211-06 (64.48m).

During the Kansas Relays Distance Carnival on Thursday night, sophomore Sarah Swenson posted the best performance as she finished second place in the women’s 10,000 meters. Swenson posted a time of 38:27.30 for a new personal best. She finished just behind Cecilia Burley of Friends University to narrowly miss out on the win for the Wildcats. Freshman Logan Smith finished seventh in the unseeded men’s 800 meters clocking in at 1:54.50. Newcomer Annelle Chestnut finished fourth in her heat of the unseeded 1,500 meters and 33rd overall as she posted a new season-best time of 5:08.87.

Continuing in action Thursday night’s Distance Carnival, Phillip Banowetz claimed ran just off his fastest time of the season in the 5,000 meters. He crossed the line in 16:01.12 to finish 28th. The Wildcats also took on the field in the hammer throw on Thursday afternoon with senior Tomaz Bogovic taking second place.

In California at the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday, the Wildcats saw the multi event group run fast in the 100 meter hurdles led by juco transfer Richelle Murphy. She took seventh overall with her time of 13.68 seconds to also rank fifth in school history. Senior transfer Mairead Murphy also had her fastest time of the season at 13.75 to move into seventh on the K-State list and claim 12th at the meet. Sophomore Erica Twiss ran 14.20 seconds just off her best time this year as well and finished 22nd. That trio teamed up with Ryann Krais to run 55.29 in the shuttle hurdles race and take second place.

Martynas Jurgilas kept the fast times coming in the sprints at Mt. SAC for K-State as he took eighth place in the men’s 200 meters posting his fastest time of the season at 21.06 seconds. Results for the men’s and women’s 800 meters were not known at press time.

K-State’s women’s 4x400 team posted its fastest time of the season and nearly cracked the school’s top 10 list finishing in third on Friday afternoon at Mt. SAC. Sophia Alonso, TiAra Walpool, Twiss and Krais teamed up to run 3:40.64 to finish third overall. The time was just .34 of a second from making the list of best performances in school history.

Thursday night, freshman Erika Schiller ran a new personal record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and finished 14th. Fernando Ramon ran 9:19.16 in the men’s steeplechase as he finished 17th in his heat

Senior Boglarka Bozzay struggled in the open 1,500 meters at Mt. SAC as she crossed the line in 4:32.98 well off her PR set two weeks ago at the Sun Angel Track Classic. For the men in the 1,500, Armando Del Valle ran 3:49.84 and Kyle Hanson crossed in 3:51.29 with each finishing just off the pace of their top times this season.

Fifth-year senior Sydney Messick ran her first 10,000 meters of the season after competing in the 5,000 twice. She was in the invitational elite race and came away in 16th place, clocking in at 35:04.22.

Some former Wildcats are also taking on the highly competitive fields in the Mt. SAC Relays. Olympian Korene Hinds won the invitational elite women’s steeplechase with her time of 9:42.27 as she looks to make the Jamaican Olympic team again. Results for Beverly Ramos in the women’s Olympic Development Elite 5,000 meters were not known at press time. Christian Smith will run in the Olympic Development Elite 800 meters on Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats were in action at another meet in California on Thursday as well with a small group of sprinters and jumpers at the Cal State LA Twilight Open. The women’s 4x100 relay team of Samantha McKnight, Richelle Farley, TiAra Walpool and Erica Twiss came away with the victory as they finished in 45.97 seconds. They were just off pace of their fastest time this season of 45.91 at the Sun Angel Track Classic.

Continuing the strong marks in the sprint events, sophomore transfer Carlos Rodriguez ran 10.53 seconds in the 100 meters to claim second place. Senior Martynas Jurgilas was on his heels in third place at 10.58. Freshman Dane Steen clocked in at 11.06 seconds. Rodriguez’s time is his fastest wind-legal time this season and moves him into a tie for seventh in school history. Rodriguez went on to win the men’s 200 meters with a legal time of 20.87 seconds to stand fourth in school history.

The women’s team also posted fast times in the 100, led by Samantha McKnight and her 12.06. Senior Kim Haberman was close behind in 12.26 seconds.

Senior Ryann Krais won the women’s 400  meter hurdles as she ran 59.42 seconds for her first victory in the event this season.

In the field events, the Wildcats had a number of their multi event women in the long jump joining Haberman in her main event. Haberman finished sixth overall with a head wind affecting the results. She leapt 18-01.75, and Twiss tied for eighth at 18-01.00.

Freshman heptathlete Sarah Kolmer was entered in javelin to prepare for her next heptathlon and posted a new PR as she finished 10th. She had a toss of 112-04 (34.23m), which was more than 14 feet better than her previous best.

The Wildcats will be back in action at the Kansas Relays on Saturday in the finals they qualified for as well as the long jump and discus. It will also be the final day of the Mt. SAC Relays, and a group will be headed to the Long Beach Invitational hosted by Cerritos College in California.

Live video streaming from the Kansas Relays and Mt. SAC Relays will be available online. Links to the online coverage can be found at flotrack.org. Tickets to the Kansas Relays are on sale for just $10. Youth/Senior tickets are only $5, and a family pack with two adult and two youth tickets is $20.