Wildcats Battle Rain to Advance at West Regional

Nina Kokot

May 26, 2011

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EUGENE, Ore. - It was a cool, rainy day at Hayward Field for the first day of the NCAA West Regional. The Kansas State track and field team had eight Wildcats in action at Tracktown USA competing to advance to quarterfinals in running events and the NCAA Championship in field events, and five Wildcats passed the initial test in their respective events.

In the first running event of the day, K-State's Ryann Krais continued her dominance in the 400 meter hurdles winning her heat with ease to advance to the quarterfinals. Krais clocked in at 57.51 seconds in the rain and posted the third-fastest time of the day.

Also advancing for the Wildcats in the men's 100 meters was Martynas Jurgilas. He finished second in his heat to receive an automatic bid to the next round while crossing the line in 10.45 seconds. Jurgilas had to deal with the adrenaline rush at the start and recover after a false start was signaled and then called off by the officials on another competitor in his heat. He recovered from the mishap and pulled away from the field over the final 50 meters to move on.

The mid-distance runners show strong for the Wildcats in the cool weather with Boglarka Bozzay and Sam James each advancing to the quarterfinals round in the 800 meters. Bozzay finished third in her heat to receive and automatic bid to the next round as she clocked in at 2:07.48. Sam James moved on for the men in the 800 also finishing third in his heat. He ran a new personal best time of 1:49.09 in one of the fastest heats of the night. Sara Stoakes failed to move on in the 800 for the women finishing 37th overall. In the women's 1,500 meters Meghan Heuer did not move on finishing 43rd with her time of 4:35.35.

Nina Kokot became K-State's first competitor to advance to the NCAA Championship in a field event as she finished 11th in the long jump. Kokot and the field also battled the rain during the competition as she leapt 20-02.50 to move onto the championship meet in Des Moines, Iowa, in two weeks. The top 12 finishers in field events move onto the NCAA meet under the two regional format.

Thrower Ali Pistora started the day off for the Wildcats in the javelin throw where the field had to fight the rain. She came away in 13th place with her toss of 161-00. She missed moving onto the championship meet by one spot and just nine inches. Sydney Messick was a medical scratch in the women's 10,000 meters.

K-State will be back in action on Friday from Hayward Field for the second day of the NCAA West Regional. It will be a busy day for the Purple and White with 12 Wildcats competing. The first K-State competitors take to the track at 3 p.m. Pacific in the women's 100 meter hurdles. Action can be followed online at goducks.com for a live webcast. Live results are also available at flashresults.com. Updates will be available for the Wildcats on the@kstate_gameday Twitter feed.

K-State Results
Women's Javelin
13: Ali Pistora, 161-00

Women's Long Jump
11: Nina Kokot, 20-02.50 - advance to NCAA Championship

Women's 400m Hurdles
Ryann Krais, 57.51 seconds - advance to quarterfinals

Women's 1500M
43: Meghan Heuer, 4:35.35

Men's 100M
Martynas Jurgilas, 10.45 - advance to quarterfinals

Women's 800M
Boglarka Bozzay, 2:07.48 - advance to quarterfinals
37: Sara Stoakes, 2:10.24

Men's 800M
Sam James, 1:49.09 - advance to quarterfinals

Women's 10,000M
Sydney Messick, DNS