K-State Excels in Windy Conditions at Rock Chalk Classic

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- K-State Track and Field notched solid efforts on both the track and in the field for a strong overall performance at the Rock Chalk Classic in Lawrence, Kansas. Taking advantage of blustery conditions at the Jayhawks' Rock Chalk Park on Saturday, the Wildcats combined for 29 top-five finishes, including eight victories and three top-10 program marks.

In the Field...

· Dani Winters eclipsed the 17-meter mark in the shot put for the first time in her career outdoors en route to defeating the field by over seven feet for first-overall on Saturday. Marking 17.21m/56-05.75, Winters bested her previous outdoor PR of 16.64m/54-07.25 by nearly two feet, while also moving to No. 2 in school history -- only Rebekah Green at 17.24m/56-06.75 ranks ahead of the junior thrower. Winters, who already broke the indoor shot put record this year, has now won in all three meets competed in this season and currently sits at No. 6 in Division I with her latest effort.

· In the high jump, the men's portion saw the trio of Nate Gipson, Zack Riley and Christoff Bryan take on former Wildcat great Erik Kynard, while, on the women's side, Alyx Treasure cleared six-plus feet for the second-consecutive meet. For the men, Gipson led the way for K-State, clearing an overall season-best 2.23m/7-03.75 to finish a close second behind Kynard, who marked 2.26m/7-05. A freshman from Mansfield, Texas, Gipson's clearance tied him for eighth-best in school history, eclipsing his previous season-high of 2.22m/7-03.25 set at this year's Big 12 Indoors.

Treasure, meanwhile, cleared 1.84m/6-00.50 to outlast the current Big 12 leader and Jayhawk Colleen O'Brien (1.81m/5-11.25) for the first-place finish. The senior All-American's latest performance marked the second-straight meet in where she has both finished first and cleared 1.84m. With Big 12s in less than two weeks, Treasure also appears to be rounding into form, clearing six feet or better in consecutive meets for the second time in her career -- she accomplished this same feat last outdoor season in a three-week stretch that saw her take second at NCAAs and nab titles in both the Canadian and NACAC U23 Athletics Championships.

· Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye and Nija Collier picked up victories in the long jump and triple jump, respectively. For Otuonye, the junior leaped a monster wind-assisted 7.98m/26-02.25w (2.7) to cruise past a field of 17 by nearly three feet for his second victory in the event this season. Barely missing the wind-aided cutoff at 2.0, Otuonye's mark was still impressive, as only one other competitor in the top-five had a reading below 3.0 on his final mark -- Kyle Gartrell of Air Force, who finished fifth at 2.8 (6.81m/22-04.25).

In the triple jump, Collier took advantage of the windy conditions, leaping a season-best 12.77m/41-10.75w (6.2) to finish first ahead of Wichita State's Shanice Andrews (12.50m/41-00.25w (5.2)). The winning effort marked the first of the freshman's career in the event. Joining Collier in competition was teammate Alyssa Kelly, who leapt 12.26m/40-02.75w (5.5) for third-place.

· The javelin saw the men and women combine for three top-three finishes. On the women's side, Danie Plank placed second behind Kansas' Kianna Weinzheimer (45.49m/149-03) with a final throw of 43.88m/143-11. Ivan Hartung, meanwhile, led the Wildcat men with a season-best chuck of 66.17m/217-01 for second-place. The runner-up showing marked the first time since Hartung's freshman year he has eclipsed the 66-meter mark. Joining the senior in the fray were Dwight Davidson and Lucas Moeder, who placed third and ninth, respectively. Davidson, in particular, excelled, registering a personal best throw of 63.31m/207-08 -- the mark bested his previous PR of 61.81m/202-09.25 set at the ESU Spring Open this past March.

On the Track...

· Terrell Smith had a stellar day on the track, notching victories in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Smith, who entered the meet coming off a season-best performance in the 200m at last weekend's Brutus Hamilton Challenge, took the field of 23 runners in the 200m to task with a victory in 20.64 seconds. Nearly three-tenths of a second better than runner-up finisher, former Wildcat Carlos Rodriguez (20.90), the victory marked Smith's second-straight victory in the event to date. A native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Smith did not stop there, clocking 10.30 seconds in the 100m to edge out Rodriguez (10.44) once again. Both times for the freshman were season-bests.

· Akela Jones and A'Keyla Mitchell both had busy days on the track, competing individually in the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash, respectively, while also helping the 4x100 and 4x400 relay squads to top-three finishes. First, in the individual efforts, Mitchell, along with teammate Sonia Gaskin, clocked 54.23 and 54.73, respectively to finish 1-2 in the 400m -- the only two to finish sub-55 in the event on the afternoon. Jones, meanwhile, finished a close second in the hurdles to Wichita State's Taylor Larch-Miller (13.27), clocking 13.30 seconds in the runner-up effort.

Moving to the relays, Jones and Mitchell first teamed with Zanri Van der Merwe and Alyssa Kelly in the 4x100 to finish third-overall in 45.59 seconds -- the top-three finishers were separated by less than a half-second. The duo then went onto compete alongside Gaskin and Tia' Gamble, who also starred individually with a second-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (59.84), to take first-place in 3:37.18. Crushing the field of nine by over six seconds, the winning effort by the foursome was a solid one as along with competing together in the event for the first time this season, their time was also the ninth-fastest in program history.

· Rounding out the top-three finishes on the track was Christopher Campbell in the 400m. The senior Wildcat, competing in the 400m for a third time this season, clocked 47.98 seconds en route to a third-place finish. Yet to finish a race this season lower than third-place this season, Campbell has now recorded sub-48 second times in three-consecutive meets.  

What's Next?

The Wildcats have one more tune-up before competing at the Big 12 Championships in Ames, Iowa, on May 15-17. Traveling to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the Nebraska Invitational, K-State will partake in a scored competition held at the Huskers' Ed Weir Stadium on May 9.  

Rock Chalk Classic
Rock Chalk Park
Lawrence, Kansas

1: Terrell Smith, 10.30 NWI

13: Nija Collier, 12.40 NWI

1: Terrell Smith, 20.64 NWI
7: Dane Steen, 21.45 NWI

4: Sarah Kolmer, 24.57w (5.0)
9: Zanri Van der Merwe, 24.77w (5.0)
13: Jordan Matthews, 25.13w (5.0)
23: Joslyn Barnes, 26.16w (3.4)

3: Christopher Campbell, 47.98

1: A'Keyla Mitchell, 54.23
2: Sonia Gaskin, 54.73
6: Jordan Matthews, 57.62

6: Colton Donahue, 1:55.27
10: Blake Goodin, 2:00.38

4: Marija Stambolic, 2:10.27
15: Paige Kochuyt, 2:24.76

5: Kain Ellis, 3:53.83
8: Colton Donahue, 3:54.20
12: Blake Goodin, 4:00.30

5: Kayla Doll, 4:42.82

14: Bryan Zack, 15:32.61
16: Daniel Worthington, 15:39.00

13: Jenny McCarty, 18:33.47
15: Mady Nestor, 19:03.83

2: Akela Jones, 13.30 NWI
11: Sarah Kolmer, 14.58 NWI
16: Joslyn Barnes, 15.24 NWI

5: Adam Deterding, 14.46 NWI

2: Tia' Gamble, 59.84
8: Avery Loyd, 1:04.67

3000m Steeplechase
4: Jeff Bachman, 9:39.84

3: Van der Merwe-Mitchell-Kelly-Jones, 45.59

1: Gamble-Mitchell-Gaskin-Jones, 3:37.18 -- 9th-fastest in school history

High Jump
2: Nate Gipson, 2.23m/7-03.75 -- T-8th-best in school history
T5: Zack Riley, 2.11m/6-11
--: Christoff Bryan, NH

1: Alyx Treasure, 1.84m/6-00.50
5: Rhizlane Siba, 1.71m/5-07.25
T6: Rachel Proteau, 1.66m/5-05.25
11: Shannon Parr, 1.61m/5-03.25

Pole Vault
--: Tommy Brady, NH

8: Megan Vanderpool, 3.62m/11-10.50
T12: Kristen Petry, 3.32m/10-10.75

Long Jump
1: Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, 7.98m/26-02.25w (2.7)

3: Zanri Van der Merwe, 5.80m/19-00.50w (3.1)
9: Sarah Kolmer, 5.51m/18-01w (2.9)

Triple Jump
1: Nija Collier, 12.77m/41-10.75w (6.2)
3: Alyssa Kelly, 12.26m/40-02.75w (5.5)

Shot Put
7: Jason Coon, 14.83m/48-08
8: Reinis Kregers, 14.17m/46-06

1: Dani Winters, 17.21m/56-05.75 -- Personal outdoor best & 2nd-best in school history    

22: Reinis Kregers, 38.94m/127-09

2: Ivan Hartung, 66.17m/217-01
3: Dwight Davidson, 63.31m/207-08 -- Personal best
9: Lucas Moeder, 56.95m/186-10
15: Adam Deterding, 45.50m/149-03

2: Danie Plank, 43.88m/143-11
5: Haley Pitko, 40.27m/132-01
13: Joslyn Barnes, 28.14m/92-04

Hammer Throw
5: Kyle Smith, 55.31m/181-05
8: Kale Mueller, 49.30m/161-09