More Records Fall at Drake Relays

Ryann Krais

April 30, 2011

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DES MOINES, Iowa – For the second day in a row at the 102nd Drake Relays the Kansas State Wildcats broke a school record, and for the second day in a row Ryann Krais was in on the action.

The junior transfer broke her own school record in the women’s 400 meter hurdles clocking in at 56.62 seconds winning in a tight race. Krais held off Iowa State’s Kianna Elahi in her heat to get the win as she has been dominating the event all season. Last week, at the Kansas Relays Krais broke the school record at 57.04 seconds and saying afterward she was happy with the record but disappointed because she wanted to run under 57 seconds. She accomplished that goal on Saturday get another win in the grueling event. Krais also was part of the 4x800 meter relay team that shattered the school record on Friday night while winning the race ahead of Minnesota.

It was not just a big day for Krais on Saturday.

Sophomore high jumper Erik Kynard was one of two collegiate athletes invited to compete in the men’s special invitational high jump competition. The Toledo, Ohio, product jumped the highest in the competition but finished second based on attempts as it took him three attempts to clear 7-7.00, while Olympian Dusty Jonas cleared the bar on his first attempt at the height. The jump puts Kynard atop the collegiate list by himself again as Mississippi’s Ricky Robertson was tied with Kynard at 7-5.75. Robertson finished in a tied for third at Drake at that mark. Jones and Kynard were the only two to clear 7-7.00.

Kynard’s leap is another personal best for him at K-State and moves him into a tie for second place with former K-State great Kyle Lancaster.

Another jumper for K-State had an impressive showing on Saturday as Nina Kokot won the women’s long jump with her biggest jump yet. Kokot leaps a strong 21-02.50 to win the competition over some of the best jumpers in the NCAA this season. The jump would be far enough to count for a new school record, but it was wind-aided and is, therefore, not eligible to count toward the record.

Also jumping for K-State was triple jumper TiAra Walpool. She finished 13th in a very competitive field that included a number of the top 10 jumpers in the NCAA. Walpool posted a mark of 40-02.00 for her longest jump of the season.

The Wildcats also took part in a number of the exciting relays offered at the Drake Relays as most meets do not hold competitions for the shuttle hurdles, sprint medley relays or distance medley relays.

K-State’s group of Denise Baker, Krais, Erica Twiss and Julia Zeiner finished sixth in the women’s shuttle hurdles with their time of 59.52 seconds. It is just off their time earlier this season at Wichita State. The Wildcats field both a men’s and women’s sprint medley relay with the men’s squad of Jason Coniglio, Grant Loescher, Blaine Cash and Jacob Davies finishing eighth. The team of Kyle Hanson, Ben Love, Davies and Mitch Loring claimed ninth in the distance medley.

In individual events, Martynas Jurgilas finished fourth in the men’s 100 meter dash clocking in at 10.42 seconds just missing his fastest time of the season. Sam James finished eighth in the men’s 800 meters posting his best time of the season at 1:50.41 also just missing his personal best. Martina Tresch did run a personal best on Saturday as she finished sixth in the women’s 1,500 meters. Her time of 4:22.46 shaving 2.2 seconds off her previous best and moving up to ninth in school history.

The Wildcats will be back in action on Sunday in Lincoln, Neb., as a small group of throwers and combined events specialists are slated to compete at the Nebraska Open. Live results will be available at for fans wanting to follow the action away from the track.