Pistora Posts Big 12 Leading Mark

Ali Pistora

April 22, 2011


LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas State Wildcats shined while sun wasn’t at the 84th Kansas Relays on Friday and continued to after the clouds rolled out of Lawrence. The Wildcats tallied one field event win and advanced a number of athletes to the finals in their respective running events.

It was a great day for thrower Ali Pistora as she posted a personal best in the women’s javelin on her third throw immediately after KU’s thrower moved into first place. Pistora reclaimed the lead and then PR’d again on her next throw moving herself into second all-time in K-State history. Her throw of 170-11 (52.10m) also ranks first in the Big 12 this season and moves her to fifth nationally heading into this weekend’s other competition.

The day started strong for the Wildcats with Denise Baker and Ryann Krais qualifying for Saturday’s final in the women’s 100 meter hurdles. Krais clocked in at 14.03 seconds to win the first heat and automatically advance to the final. Baker won her heat at 14.29. The final was almost completely composed of Nebraska Cornhuskers and K-State Wildcats. Three Huskers advanced to the final, while K-State assistant coaches Bettie Wade and Kasey Hill also made the final. Wichita State’s Tanya Friesen is the odd one out. Jeffrey Julmis won his heat with ease in the men’s 110 meter hurdles to move on to the final. He clocked in at 14.04 winning by more than a full second.

K-State’s next highlight for the day came in the men’s 100 meter dash with Mantas Silkauskas winning his heat to advance to the final. Silkauskas ran 10.77 seconds in his first 100 meters of the season. He advance based on time as the final did not take heat winners automatically but filled the final with the fastest eight times. K-State’s J.J. Marshall just missed out on the final running 10.81 seconds. The eighth spot in the final ran 10.80.

Krais continued her domination in the 400 hurdles this season winning her heat by more than 3.5 seconds to advance to the final. She crossed the line in 57.94 seconds more than two seconds ahead of the next best time on the day to be the favorite heading into the final. Krais has finished second and first in two prior meets this season and currently ranks 12th in the NCAA.

The Wildcats put three runners in the men’s 400 meters and saw one advance to the final. Blaine Cash crossed the finish line in 48.95 seconds to finish third in his heat and advance as one of the fastest non-winners in his respective heat grabbing the final spot in the final.

K-State’s relay teams shined on the day with all three of its teams advancing to finals. The women’s tandem of Cenarda Jackson, TiAra Walpool, Kim Haberman and Baker ran 46.76 seconds in K-State’s first 4x100 of the season. The squad posted the No. 2 time of the day trailing Lincoln University and finishing just ahead of Nebraska. The men’s team of Silkauskas, Julmis, Jason Coniglio and Martynas Jurgilas also won its heat at 40.55 seconds just a tenth of a second off K-State’s fastest 4x100 time of the season. The men also posted the second-fastest time in preliminaries on Friday.

In the 4x400 relays, the men’s group of Marshall, Ben Love, Sam James and Cash finished second in the opening heat of the 4x400 with a time of 3:14.04 finishing second in their heat. It marks the fastest time by a K-State 4x400 this season. K-State was in one of the fastest heats of the day with the Wildcats at No. 3 heading into the final Saturday. Nebraska edged K-State and extended the lead when the Wildcats struggled to make the final handoff for the anchor leg. Cash ran strong through the final turn to make up ground, but it was not enough to surpass the Huskers.

TiAra Walpool competed well considering the stiff head-wind she was jumping into in the women’s triple jump. Walpool finished fifth with her jump of 40-07.00 trailing some faces she will see again in conference foes Andrea Geubelle from Kansas and Mara Griva of Nebraska.

Also competing well for the Wildcats in the field events was freshman Kyle Wait finishing in a tie for eighth in the men’s pole vault. Wait posted a new personal record of 16-06.75. The mark improves his season best by more than a foot and places him in a tie for 10th in school history.

Freshman thrower Ryan Hershberger claimed sixth in the men’s shot put with a toss of 53-07.00 just short of his PR. Cory Boulanger finished seventh for the men in the javelin with his throw of 215-10.

The Wildcats will close the 84th Kansas Relays on Saturday with the finals for those who qualified. Six Wildcats will also be in action in field events. Fans can follow the action online with live results provided by deltatiming.com. Tickets also are available for $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.