Wildcats Strike at Winter Pentathlon

Dec. 10, 2010


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MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State Wildcats opened their indoor track and field season with a number of impressive performances at the annual Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon on Friday at Ahearn Field House. Three Wildcats shined in the women's competition led by freshman Julia Zeiner, and a pair of combined events specialists on the men's side competed unattached but did not fail to post strong numbers.

Zeiner was competing in her first pentathlon ever and for the first time in a few of the five events, and head coach Cliff Rovelto said her performance was better than what he and the staff projected going into the meet. Zeiner won the meet with a score of 3,495 points. She soared above the field in the high jump leaping 5.-04.50 and out-jumped the competition in the long jump by more than a foot tallying a mark of 18-07.00.

Not far behind Zeiner was Fort hays State's Carissa Heim with 3,450 points for second place. Sophomore Lauren Garrott improved her personal best in four of the five events to finish third with a total of 3,388 points for K-State. Fellow sophomore Cenarda Jackson also PR'ed in four of the five events to score a career-high 3,331 points and come in fourth place.

On the men's side, two Wildcats competed unattached with Mantas Silkauskas flying to a new facility record in the 60 meter hurdles to open the competition. Silkauskas crossed the line in 7.80 seconds to score more than 1,000 points in the opening event of the pentathlon. He would go on to post personal bests in two more events and win the pentathlon with a total score of 4,052 points.

Tomas Kirielius also competed unattached finishing in second with his total score of 3,602 points. Kirielius posted personal bests in the three events he competed in last year as a freshman. The final two events, the high jump and 1,000M, he did not compete in during indoor season last year.

Rovelto said he was very pleased with how his student-athletes performed on Friday and it is a good building block for his combined events program heading into the remainder of the season.

The Wildcats will be back in action on Saturday for a full slate of events in the KSU All-Comers. Field events are set to begin at 11 a.m. in Ahearn Field House with running events taking to the line starting line at 2 p.m. Live results will be available at kstatesports.com for fans wanting to track the action on the web.

Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon Results
Women's Pentathlon
1st: Julia Zeiner: 3495 points
60H: 9.14 (881)
HJ: 1.64m; 5-04.50 (783)
SP: 8.27m; 27-01.75 (417)
LJ: 5.66m; 18-07.00 (747)
800M: 2:32.12 (667)

2nd: Carissa Heim, Fort Hays State: 3,450 points

3rd: Lauren Garrott: 3388 points PR
60H: 9.06 (897)
HJ: 1.61m; 5-03.25 (747) PR
SP: 10.15m; 33-03.75 (539) PR
LJ: 4.86m; 15-11.50 (522) PR
800M: 2:30.78 (683) PR

4th: Cenarda Jackson: 3331 points PR
60H: 9.28 (852)
HJ: 1.58m; 5-02.25 (712) PR
SP: 11.22m; 36-09.75 (610) PR
LJ: 5.31m; 17-05.25 (645) PR
800M: 2:45.43 (512) PR

5th: Lisa Fiamon, Bethany County CC: 2,867 points
6th: Mallory Dugger, St. Louis University: 2,663 points

Men's Pentathlon
1st: Mantas Silkauskas, Unattached: 4052 points
60H: 7.80 (1033) - facility record/PR
LJ: 7.35m; 24-01.50 (898) PR
SP: 12.62m; 41-05 (644) PR
HJ: 1.94m; 6-04.25 (749)
1000M: 2:53.64 (728)

2nd: Tomas Kirielius, Unattached: 3602 points
60H: 8.50 (860) PR
LJ: 6.61m; 21-08.25 (723) PR
SP: 13.39m; 43-11.25 (691) PR
HJ: 1.97m; 6-05.50 (776)
1000M: 3:11.92 (552)

3rd: Jesse Muntz, Bethany County CC: 3,331 points
4th: Tony Granillo, Fort Hays State: 3,266 points
5th: Luke Lubbers, Fort Hays State: 2,708 points
6th: Davian Lawrence, Emporia State: 2,667 points
DNF: Bryon Nelson, Emporia State