Twiss Places Third in Drake Relays Heptathlon

April 24, 2014K-State AthleticsDES MOINES, Iowa – Erica Twiss kicked off action for K-State Track and Field at the Drake Relays this past Wednesday in the heptathlon. Competing in her second heptathlon this season, Twiss finished the two-day event in third place with a score of 5,340 points.

Battling rainy conditions for the better part of both days of action, it was an impressive performance for Twiss, as she finished second or better in four of the seven heptathlon events, including first-place finishes in the 100 meter hurdles and long jump.

The Carrollton, Texas, native opened up the multi-event by placing first in the hurdles in a time of 13.66 seconds, over a second faster than second-place finisher Lindsay Lettow. She would go onto finish day one in fourth-place overall with a score of 3,181 points, buoyed by the first-place hurdles performance, as well as a day one-closing second-place finish in the 200 meter.

In day two action, Twiss started competition off with a career-best performance in the long jump. Registering a mark of 6.16m/20-02.50, Twiss finished first overall in the event, as she eclipsed her previous career-high of 6.12m/ 20-01.00 set during the 2014 indoor season at the New Mexico Classic. Along with vaulting Twiss all the way to second-place in the heptathlon, her new personal best put her at eighth all-time in K-State history and third all-time in school decathlon history.

After dropping to third-place following the javelin throw, Twiss finished the heptathlon strong with a second-place finish in the 800 meter run. Clocking in at a time of 2:17.02, the second-place finish ensured Twiss her first top-three placing in the heptathlon since last season’s Big 12 Outdoors.

Head coach Cliff Rovelto was impressed by Twiss’ strong effort.

“Erica did a super job of competing,” Rovelto said. “The conditions were horrible throughout and she was only eight points away from her PR [in the heptathlon of 5,348 points] and had a PR in the long jump. She was also the top collegiate finisher in what was a pretty decent field as well.”

Twiss’ final tally of 5,340 points was identical to her total from early April’s Sam Adams Multi, where she finished sixth. She finished behind only Heather Miller Koch (5,410 points) and Lindsay Lettow (5,619 points), both competing unattached, as the only other collegiate competitor to finish in the top-five was Indiana State’s Kelly Steffen (4,980 points).

Also worth noting was former Wildcat Ryann Krais competed in the multi-event for Nike, placing fourth behind Twiss with a final score of 5,230 points.

Elsewhere on the Track…

Kyle Hanson took fifth in the 800 meter run, clocking in at 1:53.27. It was a tightly-contested race that saw third- through fifth-place separated by less than half a second. For Hanson, it is his third top-five finish in the event this season.

Finishing up day one competition for the Wildcats will be junior Laura Galvan in the 5000 meter run later this evening. The bulk of the Wildcats are set to compete in the next two days, with action on Friday at the Drake Relays opening up with Tia' Gamble and Angela Hart in the 400-meter hurdles, as well as Dani Winters in the shot put, all at noon. For more information on tomorrow’s action, visit

K-State Results

Drake Relays
Drake Stadium
Des Moines, Iowa

3: Erica Twiss, K-State, 5,340 pts
100H: 13.66 (1.2) – 1,027 pts
HJ: 1.63m/5-04.25 – 771 pts
SP: 9.16m/30-00.75 – 475 pts
200m: 24.77 (-2.6) – 908 pts
LJ: 6.16m/20-02.50 (1.5) – 899 pts – Personal best, 8th-best in school history & 3rd-best in school heptathlon history
JT: 25.71m/84-04.00 – 396 pts
800M: 2:17.02 – 864 pts

800m (Unseeded)
5: Kyle Hanson, K-State, 1:53.27