Wildcats Have Strong Showing in Opening Meet

Ryann Krais

Dec. 10, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State track and field team opened the season with a bang, as it set many personal records on Saturday at the KSU All-Comers meet. The Wildcats posted eight new personal records highlighted by two new meet records.

NCAA outdoor high-jump champion Erik Kynard started his season by jumping 7-7.0, which set a new record for the meet. He nearly out-jumped the second place competitor by one foot. The junior looked relaxed through the contest, as he needed only one attempt in five of his six jumps.

The other meet record came in the women’s 4x400 meter relay. The team of Sarah Kolmer, Ryann Krais, Edina Brooks and Erica Twiss finished the race in a time of 3:47.85. The previous record of 3:48.05 was set in 2004 by the relay team at Kansas.

On the women’s side, Ali Pistora and Jessica Carter set personal bests in the weight throw, as they finished first and second, respectively, with Chelsie Bonds finishing in third. Freshman Alyx Treasure nearly set a meet record in the high jump coming up just short and finished with a jump of 5-10. Krais also competed in the 600 yard run and she distanced herself from the field, finishing seven seconds faster than the next competitor with a time of 1:22.96.

The men’s team also had impressive performances on the day. Kyle Wait set a new personal best in the pole vault, as he improved his mark to 16-06.75 and claimed first in the contest. Cameron Savage finished second for the Wildcats. The 4x400 meter relay team of Blaine Cash, Chris Campbell, Martynas Jurgilas and Grant Loescher outran the competition and finished first with a time of 3:20.78. Freshman Logan Smith had a strong debut, as he finished first in the 1,000 meter run with a time of 2:33.24.

In all, the Wildcats placed first in 10 events.

K-State will have the rest of the month off and will return to action on Jan.14 as it hosts the KSU Invitational. The meet is expected to start at 11 a.m.