Seven Wildcats Advance on Day 2 of West Regional

TiAra Walpool

May 27, 2011

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EUGENE, Ore. - The rain let up and the sun shined through most of the events during day two of the NCAA West Regional at Hayward Field, and the Kansas State track and field team responded well. A total of 11 Wildcats were in action in 11 events, and five performed well enough to move onto the NCAA Championship in two weeks while two more advanced to quarterfinals on Saturday.

The day started with a pair of Wildcats advancing to the next round in the men's 110 meter hurdles. Jeffrey Julmis won his heat to advance automatically, and Mantas Silkauskas finished third in the same heat to also grab an automatic spot in the quarterfinals. Julmis ran 13.80 seconds while Silkauskas crossed the line in 14.31 seconds.

Senior decathlete Moritz Cleve qualified for the hurdles and came away with the 25th-fastest time of the day to just miss out on advancing. His time of 14.27 was faster than Silkauskas' 14.31, but the top three finishers in each heat automatically move on and then the top six times outside of the autos advance. Cleve will be at the NCAA Championship regardless as he will be in the decathlon.

Martynas Jurgilas kept the advancements going for the men's sprinters as he finished third in his heat to automatically advance to the NCAA Championship. He crossed the line in 10.54 seconds to give the Big 12 Conference four of the 12 moving on from the West Regional in the 100 meters.

After a strong first day in the 800 meters, Boglarka Bozay ran another strong race coming from the back of the pack over the final 300 meters to finish third and advance to the NCAA Championship as well. Bozzay crossed the line in 2:05.77 for another personal best time. She becomes the second Wildcat to solidify her spot on the women's team for the NCAA meet.

For the men, Sam James made a push down the stretch in the 800 but came up just short finishing fifth in his heat. His was the fastest heat of the day with the four finishers ahead of him ranking posting four of the top five times. James crossed the line in 1:49.17 and just missed getting one of the three non-automatic spots for the NCAA Championship.

Ryann Krais won her heat again in the women's 400 meter hurdles clocking in at 57.50 seconds to advance to the NCAA Championship. She will compete in both the hurdles and the heptathlon in Des Moines, Iowa, in two weeks.

To start the day, Krais also was competing in the 100 meter hurdles. She ran a solid race at 13.91 seconds finishing 26th overall and coming in just under the non-automatic qualifiers after coming in fourth in her heat. Denise Baker closed her career as a Wildcat in the 100 meter hurdles finishing 37th overall at the meet and crossing the line in 14.09 seconds running into a stiff wind.

In field events for K-State, Erik Kynard will compete at the NCAA Championship in the high jump as he was one of the 12 remaining jumpers. He cleared four bars on the first attempt with the field being narrowed down to 12 at 7-00.25. Once enough jumpers were eliminated to have 12 remain, all competitors elected to halt jumping. Only six jumpers cleared the height and the field of 12 advancers was found by going to misses at previous heights.

TiAra Walpool finished 17th in the women's triple jump to just miss out on making the final of 16 jumpers. She leapt 40-10.75 to miss the final by one inch. The jumping format narrows the field to 16 for the final three jumps to narrow the field to 12 advancing to the championship meet.

In the final event of the day, Martina Tresch ran her fastest time of the season to finish fourth in her heat of the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Her time of 10:06.98 grabbed the first spot outside of the automatic qualifiers. She was in third down the final stretch, but Oregon's Melanie Thompson passed her at the finish line to grab the third automatic spot from the heat. Tresch's time was just over two seconds off her personal best from last year's Big 12 Championship. The heat was the fastest of the competition as Tresch finished fourth but ran faster than five competitors who earned automatic spots by finishing in the top three in their respective heats. She will now look to improve on her 16th-place finish at the NCAA Championship last year.

The Wildcats will be back in action for the final day of the NCAA West Regional on Saturday. The men's 4x100 relay team will be running for a chance to compete at the NCAA Championship along with Julmis and Silkauskas in the 110 meter hurdles quarterfinals. Fans can follow the action live online with a webcast available at goducks.com. Updates will also be posted throughout the competition to the Twitter feed @kstate_gameday. Live results will be provided by flashresults.com as well.

K-State Results
Women's 100m Hurdles First Round
26: Ryann Krais, 13.91
37: Denise Baker, 14.09

Men's 110m Hurdles First Round
Jeffrey Julmis, 13.80 - advance to quarterfinals
Mantas Silkauskas, 14.31 - advance to quarterfinals
25: Moritz Cleve, 14.27

Men's 100M Quarterfinals
Martynas Jurgilas, 10.54 - advance to NCAA Championship

Women's 800M Quarterfinals
Boglarka Bozzay, 2:05.77 PR - advance to NCAA Championship

Men's 800M Quarterfinals
15: Sam James, 1:49.17

Women's 400m Hurdles Quarterfinals
Ryann Krais, 57.50 - advance to NCAA Championship

Women's 3000m Steeplechase Quarterfinals
Martina Tresch, 10:06.98 - advance to NCAA Championship

Women's Triple Jump
17: TiAra Walpool, 40-10.75

Men's High Jump
Erik Kynard, 7-00.25 - advance to NCAA Championship