Wildcats Post More Strong Marks at Beach Invite

TiAra Walpool

April 22, 2012

Beach Invite Results

WALNUT, Calif. – Kansas State was up against a strong field at the Beach Invitational on Saturday and a number of the Wildcats came up with their best performances of the season as the team is building toward the Big 12 Championship in three weeks.

Sophomore transfer Carlos Rodriguez cracked the school’s top 10 list earlier in the weekend at another meet, and on Saturday at the Beach Invite he moved further up that list. Rodriguez crossed the finish line in 10.47 seconds with a legal wind to move into fourth in school history. For his effort he took home sixth place from the meet. Freshman Dane Steen run under 11 seconds for the fifth time this season but this time with a legal wind making his time a new personal best of 10.95 seconds.

K-State’s multi event group was in action in a number of events to prepare for the heptathlon at the Big 12 Championship and the group came up with some impressive numbers in the events. Senior Mairead Murphy cleared 5-03.25 in the high jump. She went on to run 24.62 seconds in the 200 meters for her fastest time of the season. Fellow combined event athlete Richelle Farley ran 24.34 in the200 and finished 15th. Senior triple jumper TiAra Walpool ran 24.32 and took 13th place. Sprinter Samantha McKnight also ran the 200 and came in 22nd with her time of 24.75 seconds.

Sophomore heptathlete Erica Twiss had a busy weekend competing at multiple meets and on Saturday at the Beach Invite she debuted in the 400 meter hurdles. Twiss finished fourth with her time of 59.90 seconds. Her time also ranks fifth in school history. Senior Ryann Krais also ran the 400 hurdles on Saturday but at the Mt. SAC Relays. Krais was in the Invitational Elite competition with some of the best collegiate and professional athletes in the event going up against each other. Krais ran 58.63 seconds and finished eighth.

“I think we accomplished a great deal this weekend,” said K-State Head Coach Cliff Rovelto. “Our heptathletes did a lot of competing over three days, and it was quality training for them. There were a number of personal bests and solid performances. Richelle and Erica’s 100 hurdles at Mt. SAC on Friday were good and Erica ran well in her first 400 hurdles race.”

Freshman Erika Schiller ran a new personal best in the 3,000 meter steeplechase as she finished seventh in 10:57.21. She shaved just more than a second off her time from Thursday night at the Mt. SAC Relays. Fernando Ramon ran in the 1,500 for the men’s team and he crossed the line in 3:55.55 in his first competition in the event this season. His time was good enough for 47th place and

McKnight has been running hot lately for the Wildcats and that trend continued at the Beach Invite as she cracked the 12-second mark again in the 100 meters. McKnight crossed the line in 11.97 seconds to finish seventh place. The time was just one-hundredth of a second off her personal best.

Senior Kim Haberman competed in her second triple jump of the season and posted a mark of 37-09.50 to take 12th place. Fellow senior Jacob Davies was the only member of the men’s team running at the Beach Invite and he finished the 800 meters in 1:56.03.

K-State will again split up for an exciting weekend of action next week as the Wildcats will compete at two of the longest running and most prestigious meets in the nation. Some Wildcats will head north to compete at the 103rd Drake Relays while another will head east to Philadelphia for the Penn Relays.