PRs Highlight Day One for K-State in Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Morgan Wedekind and Laura Galvan clocked personal best efforts on the track, highlighting a strong first day for K-State Track and Field in Berkeley, California, at the Brutus Hamilton Open. The first of two Brutus Hamilton meets on the weekend, the Wildcat men and women combined for 12 top-five finishes and three program top-10 marks.

On the Track...

· Morgan Wedekind sped her way to yet another victory in the 3000-meter steeplechase, clocking 10:28.61 to easily surpass a field of 14. The victory made it four-out-of-four for the sophomore in the event this season, while the time marked bested her previous PR by nearly 15 seconds -- 10:43.07 set at this season's Baylor Invitational. Also improving upon her already-held No. 3 spot in program history, Wedekind now ranks third in the Big 12 and 21st in the Division I West Region.

Joining Wedekind on the track was freshman Kayla Doll, who recorded a season-best time for the third-straight meet. Doll placed fourth in 10:45.23, improving upon her previous season-high of 10:53.01 by nearly eight seconds. The time moved her to right behind Wedekind in the program top-10 at No. 4.

· Also starring in the distance events was Laura Galvan, who took second in the 5000-meter run in 16:37.94. It was a tightly-contested race, as Galvan finished a little over a second behind first-place finisher, Leanne Jarvis of California (16:36.02). Despite the narrow defeat, Galvan's time was a new personal-best and moved the senior runner to No. 7 in school history.

· Sonia Gaskin snagged the other win on the track for the `Cats, placing first in the 400-meter dash. Competing against a field of 17, Gaskin cruised in 53.62 seconds -- exactly two seconds better than second-place finisher Nijae Jones of California (55.62). Her third time running the event this outdoor season, Gaskin also picked up her second victory and clocked under 54 seconds for the first time this year.

· Lastly in notable efforts, notching fourth-place finishes in the 800-meter run and 1500-meter run were Blake Goodin (1:56.75) and Marija Stambolic (4:32.56), respectively -- season-bests for both. Kain Ellis, meanwhile, took eighth in his first collegiate 400-meter dash in 50.98 and Jeff Bachman set a season-best in the men's portion of the 3000m steeplechase. Clocking 9:27.35 for sixth-place, Bachman's time was a five-plus second improvement from his previous season-high of 9:34.53.

In the Field...

· Keeping hot was Sara Savatovic, who took first in the women's hammer throw with a final throw of 63.42m/208-01. The junior hit her winning mark on her final attempt of the morning, easily dispatching a field of 18 for the victory. Coming off a school record performance in the event last weekend, Savatovic bested the field by nearly 20 feet for the victory. It is also the sixth time in her career she has finished with a throw of 63 meters or better in collegiate competition.

· Finally, Ivan Hartung and Danie Plank capped off day one action for the Wildcats with second-place finishes in the men's and women's portions of the javelin, respectively. For Hartung, the senior marked 65 meters or better for the second-consecutive meet, as he hit 65.11m/213-07 for the runner-up finish. Hartung's effort marked the first time since his freshman year he has recorded consecutive 65-plus meter showings in the event. His teammates, Dwight Davidson (59.70m/195-10) and Lucas Moeder (59.14m/194-00), also placed in the event's top-five, taking third and fifth, respectively.

On the women's side, Plank marked 42.87m/140-08 to finish three feet behind Victoria Smith of Stanford (43.78m/143-08). The runner-up performance was only the second time in five meets this season that Plank has not placed first -- she also took second earlier this April at the Baylor Invitational. Joining Plank in competition was Haley Pitko, who finished a close third with a final throw of 42.61m/139-09.

What's Next?

The rest of the Wildcat squad, as well as some competitors from today's action, will finish up their West Coast trip with the Brutus Hamilton Challenge tomorrow, April 25. Competing in a scored meet that features schools such as California, Stanford, UC Davis and Utah State, K-State will look to close out strong, starting at noon CT with the women's shot put, long jump, high jump and pole vault. For updates on the Wildcats in tomorrow's action, follow @kstate_gameday under #KStateTF.  

Brutus Hamilton Open
Edwards Stadium
Berkeley, California

400m
Men
8: Kain Ellis, 50.98

Women
1: Sonia Gaskin, 53.62

800m
Men
4: Blake Goodin, 1:56.75

1500m
Women
4: Marija Stambolic, 4:32.56

5000m
Women
2: Laura Galvan, 16:37.94 -- Personal best & 7th-fastest in school history
9: Erika Schiller, 17:53.48

3000m Steeplechase
Men
6: Jeff Bachman, 9:27.35
9: Colton Donahue, 9:34.91

Women
1: Morgan Wedekind, 10:28.61 -- Personal best & 3rd-fastest in school history
4: Kayla Doll, 10:45.23 -- 4th-fastest in school history

Javelin
Men
2: Ivan Hartung, 65.11m/213-07
3: Dwight Davidson, 59.70m/195-10
5: Lucas Moeder, 59.14m/194-00

Women
2: Danie Plank, 42.87m/140-08
3: Haley Pitko, 42.61m/139-09

Hammer Throw
Men
10: Kyle Smith, 54.33m/178-03
16: Kale Mueller, 47.04m/154-04

Women
1: Sara Savatovic, 63.42m/208-01