K-State Excels at Ward Haylett Invitational

May 3, 2014

Results | Team ScoresK-State AthleticsMANHATTAN, Kan.  – K-State Track and Field put in a strong performance at its first home meet of the outdoor season, the Ward Haylett Invitational, coming away with several notable individual performances. Facing off against Kansas, Wichita State and Air Force in a team scored meet, the Wildcats registered a total of 15 personal best marks, five top-10 school marks, as well as 13 first-place finishes.

Along with action on the track, K-State honored its outgoing crop of seniors, as well as saw the 299th Brigade Support Battalion hand out the third annual Heartbeat of the Team Award. The latter’s recipient was Sarah Kolmer, while the K-State seniors had a field day, combining for five first-place finishes and six personal bests.

For the Women…

Erica Twiss headlined the K-State women’s effort, finishing first in both the 100 meter and 400 meter hurdles, as well as helping the 4x100 team to a first-place finish.

In the 100 meter hurdles, Twiss finished in an impressive 13.37 seconds. The win was her third victory in the event this season, as well as a new personal best. She defeated the field by nearly a half of second, besting her previous career high of 13.45 set at this season’s Mt. SAC Relays. The senior’s latest effort also gave her sole possession of the second-best mark in K-State history.

Shifting to the relays, Twiss, along with Tia' Gamble, Jordan Matthews and Angela Hart, took first in the 4x100 in a time of 45.58 seconds. It was both the first victory of the season for the K-State women in the event, as well as a season-best time. The squad’s victory was extremely close, as Hart anchored the Wildcats to a win over the Shockers by only .05 seconds.

Twiss closed out a busy Saturday with a dominant showing in the 400 meter hurdles, winning the event by well over a second in a meet record time of 58.32 seconds. Despite narrowly missing her personal best of 58.28 set this season, Twiss’ time was over a half-second better than previous meet record holder Ryann Krais’ time of 58.91 – set last season.  

• In the high jump, Alyx Treasure matched a career-best mark of 1.85m/6-00.75 to take first in the event. For Treasure, it is the second time this season she has cleared 1.85m, the seventh-best mark in school history. The junior currently has the top mark in both the Big 12 and Division I West Region and is No. 4 in DI.

Also putting in strong efforts were Rachel Proteau and Joslyn Barnes, who finished third and fifth, respectively. Proteau, in particular, shined. She registered an outdoor season-best mark of 1.75m/5-08.75 to earn her first top-three finish of the outdoor season.

• In the throws, Sara Savatovic and Danie Plank both put in winning performances. Savatovic picked up her second-straight and third overall victory in the hammer throw, defeating a field of five with a chuck of 61.93m/203-02.

Plank took first in the javelin, winning the event handedly with a final mark of 49.02m/160-10. It was Plank’s second victory in the event this season and her best mark since she set a K-State top-10 mark with a throw of 51.00m/167-04 at the Jim Click Shootout. Rounding out the notable performers in the javelin was Haley Pitko, who had a season-best throw of 40.45m/132-08 to finish fifth.

Lastly for the throws, Dani Winters registered a stellar performance in the women’s shot put. She finished second with a personal best mark of 15.90m/52-02.00. Her latest effort bested her previous career high of 15.85m/52-00.00 set indoors at this season’s Wildcat Invitational. Also putting in a personal best showing in the shot put was Sarah Kolmer, whose final mark of 12.55m/41-02.25 was a new personal outdoor best.

• Shifting back to the track, Sonia Gaskin had a strong day in multiple events. In the 400 meter, she went toe-to-toe with Olympian Diamond Dixon, finishing second in a time of 52.81 seconds. The time shattered Gaskin’s previous career-best of 53.89 set at last season’s Ward Haylett, as well as moved her to sixth-best all-time in K-State history. Gaskin finished second only to Dixon, who took first in a meet record time of 52.45 seconds.

In the 4x400, Gaskin, along with Gamble, Jordan Matthews and Sarah Kolmer, took first in a time of 3:40.28. It was the third victory for a K-State ‘A’ squad, as the Wildcats won by a margin of well over three seconds.

Merryl Mbeng had perhaps her best performance this outdoor season with two personal best efforts. In the 100 meter hurdles, Mbeng finished second behind Twiss in 13.70 seconds, besting a previous PR of 14.02 seconds and moving to seventh all-time in K-State history. The senior finished the day with a second-place finish in the long jump. Her mark of 5.98m/19-07.50 tied a personal best set at the 2013 NCAA Indoor National Championships.

Also in the women’s long jump, Alyssa Kelly placed third with a personal best leap of 5.83m/19-01.50. The mark eclipsed a previous high of 5.77m/18-11.25 set indoors at this season’s K-State Invitational.

For the Men…

• In the men’s shot put, senior Ryan Hershberger dominated the field of eight with a final mark of 18.86m/61-10.50.Earning his first outdoor victory this season, Hershberger’s winning mark was easily a PR, as it bested his previous high of 18.00m/59-00.75 set in 2012. He also moved to sixth all-time in K-State history and currently has the fourth-best mark in the Big 12. Devin Dick also registered a notable performance in the event, setting a personal outdoor best mark 14.73m/48-04.00 to finish fifth.

• Along with Hershberger, the K-State men had considerable success in all the throws events. Reinis Kregers had a PR performance in the discus to finish third with a mark of 49.01m/160-09, while Ivan Hartung picked up his first victory of the season in the javelin. Hartung’s final throw of 64.59m/211-11 was a season-best, as well as his farthest mark since the 2013 Kansas Relays – 65.67m/215-05.

• On the track, the K-State men had multiple first-place finishes, as well as several personal best performances.

Carlos Rodriguez took first in the 400 meter in a season-best time of 46.80 seconds, while Christopher Campbell took third in a personal best time of 47.53 seconds. Rodriguez, along with Campbell, Magnus Scott, Jr., and Dane Steen, also took first in the men’s 4x100 in a season-best time of 40.41 seconds.
In the 800 meter, senior Kyle Hanson placed third, finishing in 1:50.24 – a PR and the first time he has registered a sub-1:51.00 time in his career.

Lastly on the track for the Wildcat men, Steen finished with a career-best time of 10.72 seconds in the 100 meter dash. It was the fastest non-wind aided mark by a Wildcat sprinter this season.

• Rounding out the winning performances for the men were Kyle Wait in the pole vault and Zack Riley in the high jump. Wait, squaring off against an extremely deep field, came away with his first victory in the event this outdoor season. Finishing with a height cleared of 5.25m/17-02.75, Wait defeated Air Force’s Dylan Bell and Joey Uhle by virtue of less failed attempts.

In the high jump, Riley picked up his first victory of the outdoor season, staving off fellow teammate Miles Bearden. Both Riley and Bearden finished with heights cleared of 2.10m/6-10.75, but like Wait, Riley earned first-place due to having only three failed attempts to Bearden’s five.  

With one home meet in the books, K-State will finish its back-to-back home swing with Wildcat Open on May 10. This will be the final meet for the Wildcats before the Big 12 Championships take place the following week in Lubbock, Texas. For more information on all of today’s action, visit www.k-statesports.com.

K-State Results

Ward Haylett Invitational
R.V. Christian Track Complex
Manhattan, Kan.

2: Dane Steen, K-State, 10.72 (-0.8) – Personal best
3: Magnus Scott, Jr., K-State, 10.77 (-0.8)

5: Jordan Matthews, K-State, 24.85

1: Carlos Rodriguez, K-State, 46.80
3: Christopher Campbell, K-State, 47.53 – Personal best
10: Rhys Powell, K-State, 49.28
15: Kaneil Harrison, K-State, 50.09

2: Sonia Gaskin, K-State, 52.81 – Personal best & 6th-best in school history
9: Avery Loyd, K-State, 59.71

3: Kyle Hanson, K-State, 1:50.24 – Personal best
5: Kain Ellis, K-State, 1:51.53
7: Logan Smith, K-State, 1:52.16
17: Blake Goodin, K-State, 1:57.54
18: Ryan Hershner, K-State, 1:57.93
--: Kevin Jantsch, K-State, DNF

5: Marija Stambolic, K-State, 2:13.29
6: Mary Frances Donnelly, K-State, 2:13.92
8: Marie Taylor, K-State, 2:15.37
10: Morgan Wedekind, K-State, 2:16.67
16: Sonja Schneider, K-State, 2:26.98

5: Blake Goodin, K-State, 3:57.63
10: Lucas Demott, K-State, 4:08.32

2: Mary Frances Donnelly, K-State, 4:29.26
9: Morgan Wedekind, K-State, 4:38.64
14: Paige Kochuyt, K-State, 4:57.19
15: Audrey Schmitz, K-State, 4:57.48

100m Hurdles
1: Erica Twiss, K-State, 13.37 (1.2) – Personal best & 2nd-best in school history
2: Merryl Mbeng, K-State, 13.70 (1.2) – Personal best & 7th-best in school history
9: Sarah Kolmer, K-State, 14.93 (-1.2)
11: Joslyn Barnes, K-State, 15.13 (-1.2) – Personal best

400m Hurdles
1: Erica Twiss, K-State, 58.32 – Meet record
5: Angela Hart, K-State, 1:01.95

1: Scott, Jr.-Rodriguez-Campbell-Steen, K-State, 40.41

1: Twiss-Gamble-Matthews-Hart, K-State, 45.58

4: Smith-Hanson-Hershner-Jantsch, K-State, 3:18.99
7: Dick-Kregers-Harrison-Deterding, K-State, 3:24.03

1: Gaskin-Gamble-Matthews-Kolmer, K-State, 3:40.28
5: Barnes-Mbeng-Stambolic-Taylor, K-State, 4:01.51

High Jump
1: Zack Riley, K-State, 2.10m/6-10.75
2: Miles Bearden, K-State, 2.10m/6-10.75

1: Alyx Treasure, K-State, 1.85m/6-00.75 – Ties personal best & 7th-best in school history
3: Rachel Proteau, K-State, 1.75m/5-08.75
5: Joslyn Barnes, K-State, 1.70m/5-07.00
11: Shannon Parr, K-State, 1.55m/5-01.00

Pole Vault
1: Kyle Wait, K-State, 5.25m/17-02.75
10: Tommy Brady, K-State, 4.85m/15-11.00

9: Kristen Petry, K-State, 3.05m/10-00.00

Long Jump
2: Merryl Mbeng, K-State, 5.98m/19-07.50 (0.2) – Ties a personal best
3: Alyssa Kelly, K-State, 5.83m/19-01.50 – Personal best
7: Sarah Kolmer, K-State, 5.53m/18-01.75

Triple Jump
2: Alyssa Kelly, K-State, 11.94m/39-02.25

Shot Put
1: Ryan Hershberger, K-State, 18.86m/61-10.50 – Personal best & 5th-best in school history
5: Devin Dick, K-State, 14.73m/48-04.00 – Personal outdoor best

2: Dani Winters, K-State, 15.90m/52-02.00 – Personal best & 5th-best in school history
8: Sarah Kolmer, K-State, 12.55m/41-02.25 – Personal outdoor best

3: Reinis Kregers, K-State, 49.01m/160-09 – Personal best
4: Ryan Hershberger, K-State, 48.80m/160-01
10: Devin Dick, K-State, 38.66m/126-10
12: Adam Deterding, K-State, 32.76m/107-06

7: Dani Winters, K-State, 47.25m/155-00

Hammer Throw
3: Alex Roe, K-State, 56.74m/186-02
5: Kyle Smith, K-State, 51.83m/170-00
8: Kale Mueller, K-State, 45.70m/149-11

1: Sara Savatovic, K-State, 61.93m/203-02

1: Ivan Hartung, K-State, 64.59m/211-11
10: Adam Deterding, K-State, 39.77m/130-06

1: Danie Plank, K-State, 49.02m/160-10
5: Haley Pitko, K-State, 40.45m/132-08