Wildcats Shine in Weather Delayed NCAA Championship

Moritz Cleve

June 9, 2011

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Heavy rains and multiple weather delays could not stop the Kansas State Wildcats from posting strong numbers on the second day of the NCAA Championship, until a third delay put an end to the action all together on Thursday night. Remaining events were suspended at 10:25 p.m. when more rains were anticipated pushing the conclusion of the decathlon back to a third day.

Moritz Cleve looked to close his career as a Wildcat with the completion of the decathlon Thursday, but the rain prevented that from happening. Instead, he will finish the final two events on Friday. Action was stopped midway through the second attempts of the javelin with Cleve posting a mark of 55.98 meters, just 12 centimeters short of his personal record.

Cleve opened the second day of the decathlon in 14th place and steadily climbed his way up the leaderboard with marks that were close to his personal records in almost every event. He finished sixth in the 110 meter hurdles to start the day and move up and then finished seventh in the discus despite the rain coming back briefly during the event. His mark of 4.70 meters (15-5.00) was 10 centimeters short of his PR and he headed into the javelin in eighth place.

Ryann Krais put together a complete performance that put her in control of the heptathlon with a total of 3,585 points through the first four events. She opened the day with a mark just six hundredths of a second off her fastest time ever in the 100 meter hurdles and backed it up with a personal best in the high jump. Krais clocked in at 13.56 seconds in the hurdles to stand in second and then leapt 5-10.00 in the high jump to take a small lead.

The strong numbers continued to come for Krais as she posted 11.81 meters (38-9.00) in the shot put about a foot short of her best. In the final event of the day, Krais held a slight lead heading into the 200 meters. She clocked in at an impressive 24.41 seconds into a slight headwind to come in one-tenth off her PR. Chelsea Carrier of West Virginia ran the fastest time to make up ground on Krais and leap over two competitors into second but still trails by 34 points heading into Friday’s final three events.

One of the favorites to win the women’s heptathlon was eliminated from competition early after Nebraska’s Chantae McMillan failed to clear her opening height in the high jump to tally zero points in the event. McMillan came into the NCAA Championship with the nation’s leading score of 5,951 points. Carriers ranks second at 5,927, and Krais finished right behind Carrier at the Texas Relays with 5,848 points to rank third entering this week. Texas A&M’s Daphne Fitzpatrick is the only other competitor in the field to score 5,800 points tallying 5,811 at the Big 12 Championship. No other athlete in the field has broken 5,700 points this season.

The fast times kept coming for the Wildcats when Jeffrey Julmis got in the blocks for the semifinal of the men’s 110 meter hurdles. Julmis gained ground through the middle of the race moving up from fourth all the way to second to move onto Saturday’s final. He crossed the line in a blazing 13.50 seconds to break his own school record again this season. He makes the final for the second year in a row for K-State and finished fifth.

In the women’s steeplechase, Martina Tresch steadily moved up the pack in her heat knocking off one runner per lap for a while before making a big push into fifth place and moving away from her chasers to lock up an automatic spot in Saturday’s final. The top six finishers in each heat were guaranteed a spot, plus the next two top finishers by time.

Tresch crossed the line in 10:03.50 to improve on her PR set at the Big 12 Championship last season when she ran 10:04.27. The time was the sixth-fastest of the day as well. She will look to improve on her 16th-place finish at the NCAA Championship a year ago.

K-State head coach Cliff Rovelto said he was very pleased with how his athletes performed on Thursday and that despite the weather delays he does not see how his Wildcats could have put themselves in a better position to score points in their respective events and make an impact on the meet.

“Ryann was special. Jeff had a school record. Martina ran great, and Mo has fought hard and is doing a very good job in the decathlon,” Rovelto said. “I don’t think we could ask for more or have scripted it any better.”

Friday will be the conclusion of the women’s heptathlon for Krais as she completes the rare double of competes in the heptathlon and the 400 meter hurdles. The final in the hurdles is slated between the javelin and 800 meters of the heptathlon. High jumper Erik Kynard also will be seeking his first NCAA title in the men’s high jump where he comes in with the highest jump this season at 7-7.00.

The competition Friday will be televised on CBS College Sports beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the Krais’ final in the 400 hurdles the first event scheduled on the track. Live results will continue to be provided by flashresults.com for fans unable to attend in person or watch on television.

K-State Results
Decathlon – Day 2 (suspended till Friday)
Moritz Cleve
110H: 14.55, 905 pts
DS: 41.78m/137-1.00, 701 pts
PV: 4.70m/15-5.00, 819 pts
JV: 55.98m/183-8, 678 pts (to be completed on Friday)
1500m: scheduled for Friday
Day 1 Total: 3992 pts

Heptathlon – Day 1
1st: Ryann Krais, 3585 points
100H: 13.56, 1041 pts
HJ: 5-10.00, 953 pts
SP: 11.81m/38-9.00, 649 pts
200m: 24.41, 942 pts

110m Hurdles
Jeffrey Julmis, 13.50 seconds, school record – advance

3000m Steeplechase
Martina Tresch, 10:03.50 PR – advance