Bozzay Wins at Drake Relays

Boglarka Bozzay

April 27, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa – On a cold and windy day in Iowa, senior Boglarka Bozzay came away with the best result for the Kansas State Wildcats at the 103rd Drake Relays as she crossed the line first in the women’s 800 meters. Bozzay ran a solid final 200 meters of the race to put the win in the bag for K-State on a day with winds up to 40 miles per hour.

“It was a tactical race in the cold, windy conditions,” said K-State Assistant Coach Michael Smith. “Bogey got caught in a group but she worked her way out of it and there was no doubt she was going to win over the last 200 meters. She ran a really good race at the end.”

Despite the conditions some other Wildcats were able to perform well on Friday at the Drake Relays. Sophomore pole vaulter Kyle Wait finished in a tie for eighth as he cleared the opening height of 16-04.75 (5.00m) on his first attempt. He was only one of four competitors to clear the first bar on their opening attempt. A total of 11 athletes failed to clear a bar, posting no-height, as the conditions were difficult to handle for the entire field.

Jacquelyne Leffler was in action in two throwing events Friday and came away with one of the best performances in school history. After fouling her three attempts in the shot put to open her day, Leffler rebounded with an impressive throw in the women’s discus with a strong cross wind. Leffler finished 13th overall with her toss of 164-08 (50.19m). The throw moves her into 10th in school history.

A pair of men’s throwers were also in action Friday beginning with senior Cory Boulanger. He opened the day for the Wildcats with an eighth-place finish in the javelin. Boulanger had a throw of 196-08 (59.95m) to claim third in the first flight and qualify for the final. He did not improve on his next three throws to take eighth overall.

Sophomore Ryan Hershberger was the final thrower competing for the Wildcats and he came away in 12th place in the men’s shot put. He had a throw of 53-08.25 to improve on his mark from a week ago at the Kansas Relays.

In the men’s 110 meter hurdles, Junior Tarique Hill battled the wind with all four heats run into a headwind on Friday afternoon. He crossed the line in 14.46 seconds to take second in his heat. It was not enough to qualify for Saturday’s final, however.

The Wildcats closed the night with one of the more exciting relays offered to the competition at Drake Relays, the 4x800. Last year, K-State won the women’s 4x800 and broke the school record in the process. This year the men fielded a 4x800 tandem of Kyle Hanson, Logan Smith, Jacob Davies and Armando Del Valle finished 10th. The team clocked in at 7:33.95.

K-State also is competing at another one of the nation’s most prestigious and longest running meets this weekend with a small group from the women’s team at the Penn Relays. It also was a homecoming for senior Ryann Krais, who hails from Eagleville, Pa., and first competed at this meet as a seventh grader.

Krais finished fourth in the 400m hurdles championship on Thursday afternoon with her time of 58.97 as she was up against some of the top hurdlers on the college scene. On Friday she helped team up with Richelle Farley, Mairead Murphy and Erica Twiss to finish third in the shuttle hurdles Championship of America. The Wildcats clocked in at 55.47 seconds just off their school-record time of 55.29 set last week at Mt. SAC Relays.

Murphy, Krais and Farley ran in the open 100 hurdles as well with Murphy posting a time of 13.86 seconds. Her time was just off her fastest time of the season from last week, finishing 16th overall and second among athletes from Big 12 schools in the event. Krais and Farley finished 23rd and 24th, respectively.

A pair of senior jumpers took on strong competition at Penn as well with the meet attracting some of the best talent again. TiAra Walpool was in the college women’s triple jump championship with seven of the best in the event invited. Walpool came away in fifth place as she leapt 39-10.50 (12.15m). Kim Haberman finished seventh in the long jump at 19-07.50 (5.98m). It marked her longest jump of the season that was not wind-aided and was just one centimeter off her personal best all-time.

K-State fielded a number of other relay teams in addition to the shuttle hurdles as Penn Relays brings in the top competition for those events every year. The Wildcats finished 22nd in the 4x200 crossing in 1:40.33. In the 4x100 on Thursday afternoon, K-State claimed 23rd place, and 25th in the 4x400. The final relay of the meet for the Wildcats was the exciting sprint medley. K-State crossed the line in 4:05.51 to finish 26th with the tandem of Farley, Twiss, Sarah Kolmer and Krais running.

Head Coach Cliff Rovelto was in Philadelphia with the women’s group competing at Penn Relays. He said despite none the relays not qualifying for the finals on Saturday the weekend had some impressive performances, particularly one senior.

“I thought Kim had a solid long jump, the real positive being that she only fouled once. She has had some long jumps that were not measured throughout her career. I’m confident that if she can be consistent on the board she will jump far the conference meet,” Rovelto said. “The shuttle hurdle relay ran well under less favorable conditions.

“We only brought seven girls and they ran a lot of races. It was a good weekend of quality work. Hopefully, the last two weeks will pay off in two weeks when we host the Big 12 Championship.”

The Wildcats will close an exciting weekend of action at these two legendary meets on Saturday with six events at Drake. None of K-State’s relay teams or hurdlers qualified for Saturday’s finals at Penn. There is live video coverage online available at

K-State Results
Drake Relays
Men’s 110m Hurdles
13: Tarique Hill, 14.46

Women’s 800m
1: Boglarka Bozzay, 2:07.48

Men’s Javelin
8: Cory Boulanger, 59.95m/196-08

Men’s Pole Vault
T-8: Kyle Wait, 5.00m/16-04.75

Women’s Shot Put
Jacquelyne Leffler, Foul

Men’s Shot Put
12: Ryan Hershberger, 16.60m/53-08.25

Women’s Discus
13: Jacquelyne Leffler, 50.19m/164-08 – 10th school history

Men’s 4x800 Relay
10: 7:33.95 – Hanson, Smith, Davies, Del Valle

Penn Relays
22: 1:40.33 – Twiss, Walpool, Murphy, Haberman

Shuttle Hurdles
3: 55.47 – Farley, Murphy, Krais, Twiss

100m Hurdles
23: Ryann Krais, 14.21
24: Richelle Farley, 14.22

Triple Jump – Championship
5: TiAra Walpool, 12.15m/39-10.50 wind-aided

Sprint Medley
26: 4:05.51 – Farley, Twiss, Kolmer, Krais

23: 46.86 – Haberman, Farley, Walpool, Twiss

400m Hurdles
4: Ryann Krais, 58.97

Long Jump - College
7: Kim Haberman, 5.98m/19-07.50

25: 3:43.89 – Kolmer, Twiss, Krais, Walpool