Wildcats Improve at Ward Haylett

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State Wildcats took advantage of nice weather on Saturday and put together a strong day of track and field hosting the Ward Haylett Invitational. A total of 25 Wildcats posted new personal records while K-State won 10 events.

In the field event the Wildcats saw a number of impressive showings beginning with the men's high jump. Freshman Erik Kynard Jr. won with his leap of 7-04.25 just off his best this season. He cleared the next height with ease but his foot clipped the bar as he sailed passed on his second attempt. He failed on the third as well. Michael Healey posted a personal best clearing 7-00.25 to finish second.

The men's team continued to see big numbers in the throwing events as Eric Thomas finished second in the discus and fourth in the hammer throw. His throw of 178-07 in the hammer was a new personal record. Cory Boulanger also posted a new PR in the javelin hurling the spear 219-02 to finish second. The women's squad also finished second and third in the women's hammer throw with Chelsie Bonds and Amanda Boor throwing strong. Ali Pistora also finished second in the javelin.

Once the running events began, K-State started to see the improved marks continue to pour in.

Boglarka Bozzay started the string of new PR's in the 1,500 meters with her win at 4:26.16. Kyle Hanson followed with a win and a personal record in the men's race. Bozzay's time also ranks ninth in school history.

In the hurdles, Denise Baker cut more than two-tenths of a second off her fastest time clocking in at 13.72 seconds to finish second in a very tight race with K-State volunteer coach Bettie Wade. Baker's new fastest time moves her into fourth in school history in the 100 meter hurdles. K-State's men shined in the 110 meter hurdles as well with Jeffrey Julmis running 13.77 to finish third. Balazs Baji ran 13.79 to finish fourth for a new PR for him as well. Baji's time also moves him into fourth in K-State history.

A pair of Wildcats also improved in the 400 meter hurdles. Freshmen Luke Hibbeler and Lauren Garrott both ran faster than before while Hibbeler finished second for the men and Garrott took the victory.

The fast times did not stop with the hurdles. Ben Love and Sara Stoakes both ran strong in the 400 meters. Stoakes won the race with her time of 56.40 seconds, and Love improved his best time to 48.86 finishing second. More fast times came in the men's 100 meters with Martynas Jurgilas winning at 10.34 seconds. Jason Coniglio finished third, but their times were not eligible for the record book as they were wind-aided. Every Wildcat who ran in the 200 meters - male or female - improved on their fastest times.

In the 800, K-State ran a full pack in the men's race taking all but one spot first through sixth. Jack Sachse led the way with a win at 1:50.16. Lekesha Pointer-Allen won the women's 800 meters clocking in at 2:14.00.

The Wildcats will be back in action next weekend at the Nebraska Open for their final tune up before heading to the Big 12 Championships hosted by Missouri.

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