Wildcat Women Stand 6th at Big 12 Meet

Julia Zeiner

May 13, 2011


NORMAN, Okla. – Following the first day of action at the Big 12 Track & Field Championships, the Kansas State Wildcats are again in a position to make an impact in the combined events. Two Wildcats are threatening to make the podium in the decathlon and another in the heptathlon. K-State also had two women score in throwing events on Friday and another in the 10,000 meters to stand in sixth after day one at John Jacobs Track Complex in Norman, Okla.

It was a cool, windy day in Oklahoma, but freshman Julia Zeiner still had an impressive first day of the heptathlon for the Wildcats as she posted personal records in three of the four events. Zeiner opened the day with a time of 14.58 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles. She then followed with a strong PR in the high jump. Her previous best was only 5-01.00, but Zeiner cleared four more bars at 5-05.75 to improve significantly in the event. Zeiner also improved in the shot put at 31-10.00 to stand in seventh heading into the final event of the day in the heptathlon. She closed the day with her time of 26.27 seconds just off the pace of her PR. All of Zeiner’s marks rank in the top 10 in school history for a heptathlon except for the shot put.

In the men’s combined events, the Wildcats saw the pair of Moritz Cleve and Tomas Kirielius battle in a talented decathlon field. Kirielius posted big numbers in the shot put and high jump to move up the standings and currently is in seventh through the first five events with 3,706 points. Cleve is in fifth after the first day with 3,785 points and both will look to move up the leaderboard on Friday.

Kirielius PR’d in the long jump with his leap of 21-10.75, surpassing his previous best by 11 inches. He finished third in the shot put to jump up the standings with his toss of 46-01.25. He then tied with Nebraska’s Bjorn Barrefors for the best high jump of the competition at 6-07-50.

Cleve was in the top five through the first three events before he jumped just 6-00.50. His marks in the 100 meters and shot put were close to his personal bests. He shot up the standings with his strong time of 49.40 seconds in the 400 meters. It was the fifth-fastest time in the event and was faster than all but one athlete ahead him in the standings prior to the 400.

The athletes had to battle the wind in the javelin on Thursday. K-State’s Ali Pistora finished seventh with her toss of 145-00 to earn the first two points of the meet for the women. Cory Boulanger came in 10th for the men’s squad in the javelin as well.

K-State turned its fortunes around in throwing events in the hammer throw with Pistora and Jacquelyne Leffler each tallying PRs. Pistora threw 170-06 to improve by more than two feet and finish 10th. Leffler was even more impressive throwing 180-04 on her second throw of the competition to finish seventh and crack the top 10 in school history. Leffler has battled an injury as of late, but overcame it to make major contribution to the team in an event the Wildcats were not projected to score in. In the men’s hammer throw, Tomaz Bogovic finished ninth with his throw of 171-01.

Senior distance runner Sydney Messick closed the night for the Wildcats in the 10,000 meters clocking in at 34:31.23 to shatter her PR by more than 20 seconds. Messick entered the contest ranked ninth in the conference and came away with seventh and now ranks sixth in school history.

The Wildcats will be back in action Saturday for the conclusion of the heptathlon and decathlon starting at 10 a.m. Preliminary heats in running events begin at 2 p.m., and six field event titles will be handed out as well. Fans can follow the action online at deltatiming.com or by following @kstate_gameday on Twitter.

K-State Results
Julia Zeiner, 7th place, 3000 points
100H: 14.58 PR
HJ: 5-05.75 PR
SP: 31-10 PR
200M: 26.27

Moritz Cleve, 5th place, 3785 points
100M: 11.20
LJ: 21-11.75
SP: 45-07.25
HJ: 6-00.50
400M: 49.40

Tomas Kirielius, 7th place, 3706 points
100M: 11.58
LJ: 21-10.75 PR
SP: 46-01.25
HJ: 6-08.75
400M: 53.02

Women’s Javelin
7th: Ali Pistora, 145-00

Men’s Javelin
10th: Cory Boulanger, 188-01

Women’s Hammer Throw
7th: Jacquelyne Leffler, 180-04 PR, 10th school history
10th: Ali Pistora, 170-06 PR

Men’s Hammer Throw
9th: Tomaz Bogovic, 171-01

Women’s 10,000M
7th: Sydney Messick, 34:31.23 PR, 6th school history