Wildcats Dominate Home Meet, Break More Records

May 7, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Records continue to fall for the Kansas State track and field teams this season with another going down on Saturday when the Wildcats hosted the Ward Haylett Invitational. After a number of strong performances to start the day in the field events, the first running event started the day off with a bang, and the Wildcats won 12 events on the day.

The women’s tandem of Cenarda Jackson, TiAra Walpool, Kim Haberman and Denise Baker teamed up to win a heads-up battle with Nebraska in the 4x100 relay. The Wildcats clocked their fastest time of the season at 46.26 seconds defeating the Cornhuskers by half a second.

Immediately following the men’s team burned the track with a blazing speed of 39.46 seconds. Mantas Silkauskas, Jeffrey Julmis, Jason Coniglio and Martynas Jurgilas joined forces to shatter the school record by .33 seconds. The time also was a facility record breaking the previous mark set by Nebraska during the 2005 Big 12 Championship at 39.59 seconds. K-State’s time now moves them to 13th in the nation not taking into account schools with more than one relay lineup on the list.

Success for the Wildcats from then on kept coming.

Boglarka Bozzay and Sam James dominated in the 800 meters for the Wildcats with each blowing their personal records away. Bozzay won the women’s race in a stacked field that included Nebraska stars Blaire and Brooke Dinsdale in addition to Ellen Dougherty. Meghan Heuer joined Bozzay in purple, and former Wildcat Beverly Ramos also ran. Bozzay blew by Brooke Dinsdale with just more than 200 meters to go and never looked back as she crossed the line in 2:05.83 for a new PR and third in school history.

For the men, James also shaved some time off his PR clocking in at 1:49.62 for the win over Nebraska’s Tommy Brinn. James also pulled away down the final stretch to put a group of Huskers behind him and earn the victory for K-State. He now ranks sixth in the conference heading into next week’s Big 12 Conference Championships.

Kyle Hanson and Mitch Loring finished 1-2 in the men’s 1,500 meters to keep K-State going strong in the mid-distance events. Hanson just missed his personal best time and Loring took more than three seconds off his PR.

The Wildcats also dominated the hurdles finishing first and second in the women’s 100 meter hurdles and in the men’s 110 meter hurdles. Ryann Krais and Denise Baker paired up for the feat for the women clocking in at 13.72 and13.74 seconds, respectively. Baker’s time was just two-hundredths off her personal best, and Krais ran her fastest non-winded-aided time of the season.

Jeffrey Julmis and Mantas Silkauskas ran away from the field and finished in an even closer margin than Krais and Baker. Julmis crossed the line in 13.78 seconds with Silkauskas at 13.79 running in a headwind after the wind shifted directions following the women’s race. Silkauskas posted a new PR and is tied for fourth in school history.

In keeping with the success in the sprints, Jurgilas ran his way to a new PR and a win in the 200 meters clocking in at 20.84 seconds maintaining his spot at No. 3 on the K-State list. The Wildcats had a group of men also run fast in the 400 meters lead by Ben Love. Love finished second with his time of 47.99 seconds for another PR. Blaine Cash also PR’d clocking in at 48.50 for third place. Grant Loescher took nearly a full second off his fastest time finishing fourth at 48.62. Gus Vazquez-Milan took nearly half a second off his PR as well.

In the throwing events, Jessica Carter posted a PR finishing second in the discus with her toss of 161-07. Ammina AgBoga also PR’d in the women’s hammer throw finishing third, and Ali Pistora won the javelin competition as well for the Wildcats. Ryan Hershberger had a good day throwing for the men winning the shot put at 52-11.00. He also claimed third in the discus at 151-09. Tomaz Bogovic finished second in the men’s hammer throw as well, and Tomas Kirielius came in third in the javelin with his personal best toss of 21be3-10.

Senior Meriel Harwood closed her career at K-State well as she posted a huge PR in the pole vault. Harwood finished third in the event with her mark of 11-09.75 to improve her outdoor PR by eight inches.

Sophomore Erik Kynard gave the home crowd some excitement as the No. 1 high jumper in the nation won his event leaping 7-02.50.

The Wildcats now begin preparation for the Big 12 Championships next week in Norman, Okla. Action gets underway Friday morning with the women’s javelin and the first day of combined events. The excitement concludes on Saturday with the crowning of the men’s and women’s team titles before NCAA Regionals start the postseason.