Krais Finishes 14th in Heptathlon

Mairead Murphy

June 8, 2012

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Entering the third day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the Kansas State Wildcats had some ground to make up in the heptathlon. Defending champion Ryann Krais entered the day in 18th place in a field that proved to be highly competitive as the group’s score were tightly packed.

Krais fell back slightly to 19th after being forced to post a safe jump on her third attempt in the long jump. Fellow senior Mairead Murphy started the final day of the heptathlon in 22nd place and moved up to 20th as she posted a new personal best in the long jump by one centimeter. Murphy followed that with another PR in the javelin but dropped one spot to 21st heading into the final event. Krais was just short of her PR in the javelin and posted the sixth best throw of the competition to move into 16th place.

In the final event of the heptathlon, Krais ran a strong, steady pace to post her fastest time of the season and finish third. She clocked in at 2:13.55, shaving nearly half a second off her best time this year. That time scored more than 900 points for a total of 5,516 points. With that total Krais catapulted herself into 14th place. Murphy ran 2:21.72 to score an even 800 points and post a score of 5,211 points. The senior transfer finished 19th in her NCAA Championship debut.

“Both gals had tough first days and I was proud of how they both fought back today,” said K-State Head Coach Cliff Rovelto. “Ryann had two fouls and her third jump was well behind the board. Mairead had a PR in two events today and Ryann had a solid javelin. Ryann also had probably her best effort of the year in the 800.”

Making his debut at the NCAA Championship was Big 12 pole vault champion Kyle Wait. The sophomore had the pole slip out of his hand as he planted it into the box on his first attempt. After that, he struggled to get his momentum to carry him into the pit and over the bar and missed his next two attempts at the opening height of 5.00 meters (16-04.75).

K-State finished its action on Friday with no Wildcats competing on Saturday. The women’s team failed to score any points this season with four student-athletes in the field. The men have a total of 12 points scored with Erik Kynard’s victory in the high jump and the seventh-place finish from Mantas Silkauskas. The Wildcats will have to await the results from Saturday to see where they will finish the overall team standings. Last season, the men’s team scored 16 points and finished in a tie for 16th place.

Saturday’s competition will be broadcast on ESPNU beginning at 11 a.m. K-State alumnae and former multi-event specialist Jill Montgomery will be the sideline reporter.

Highlights from all three days of K-State’s action at the NCAA Championship can be found online at K-StateHD.TV.

K-State Results
14: Ryann Krais, 5516 pts
Long Jump: 5.37m/17-07.50
Javelin: 40.21m/131-11
800m: 2:13.55
Day 1 – 3269 pts
100H: 13.87
High Jump: 1.63m/5-04.25
Shot Put: 11.76m/38-07.00
200m: 25.34

19: Mairead Murphy, 5211 pts
Long Jump: 5.67m/18-07.25 PR
Javelin: 32.15m/105-05 PR
800m: 2:21.72
Day 1 – 3144 pts
100H: 14.07
High Jump: 1.57m/5-01.75
Shot Put: 10.62m/33-04.50
200m: 24.80

Men’s Pole Vault
NH: Kyle Wait