Deterding, Twiss Highlight Carol Robinson Pentathlon

 MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field opened its 2014-15 campaign with impressive performances from sophomore Adam Deterding and senior Erica Twiss, who each took first, respectively, at the Carol Robinson Pentathlon in Ahearn Field House. The top-finishes capped a solid overall effort from the Wildcats that saw both Deterding and freshman Max Estill finish in the top-three on the men’s side and the three competitors for the K-State women, Twiss and seniors Joslyn Barnes and Sarah Kolmer, finish 1-2-3.

On the Men’s Side…

Coming off a runner-up performance at last season’s Carol Robinson, Adam Deterding wasted no time taking a lead that he would not relinquish for a remainder of the afternoon. The Hays, Kansas native took first in the pentathlon’s opening event, the 60-meter hurdles, clocking in at a time of 8.40 seconds – over a quarter second better than second-place finish Tyson Robke of Baker University.

Deterding’s best event of the afternoon came in the shot put, finishing with a personal best chuck of 12.55m/41-02.25. The PR effort bested a previous high of 12.46m/40-10.50 set at last year’s Big 12 Outdoor Championships. He followed that effort up by tying teammate Max Estill in the high jump for first, before securing the pentathlon victory with a first-place 1000 meter finish in a time of 2:54.78.

Head coach Cliff Rovelto praised Deterding for his effort.

“I thought Adam had a pretty solid meet,” Rovelto said. “He did a good job. It’s the first time he’s ever been in a meet where he’s kind of the leader, he’s the one being looked to. Last year he had the older guys leading him around so I thought he did well.”

Not only was Deterding the only athlete to clear the 3,500 points mark, but his final tally of 3,689 points bested his previous year’s effort of 3,512 as well.

Rovelto added Estill, who opened his K-State career with a third-place finish, performed well.

“Max, to be quite honest, hasn’t done a lot of technical work yet,” Rovelto said. “We were just concerned with getting him fit and strong enough to handle the training. And it’s only been recently that we did much on technique. So I actually thought he did fine under the circumstances.”

On the Women’s Side…

Much like last season, Erica Twiss was dominant on her way to her second-straight Carol Robinson Pentathlon victory. The Carrollton, Texas native, who set a then-PR of 3,905 points at last season’s meet, finished the afternoon with a final score of 4,114 points – narrowly missing her personal best of 4,151 set at last season’s NCAA Championships. Though very early in the season, Twiss’ score places her atop the NCAA Division I Qualifying List and as the only athlete to eclipse the 4,000-point mark so far in 2014-15.

On the afternoon, Twiss finished in first in four of the five events, including a dominant effort in the 800 meter run. Clocking in at a time of 2:14.32, Twiss defeated the field of seven by well over 10 seconds, earning 902 points in the process – second only to the 1,024 points she earned with an 8.47 second showing in the 60H.

“Erica was very solid,” Rovelto said. “The hurdles, I thought, were fifteen-hundredths to two-tenths off what she is capable of running right now. The high jump was very solid…the long jump was good and she ran very solid in the 800 [meter], especially for December, it was very good.”

Joining Twiss on the track were seniors Joslyn Barnes and Sarah Kolmer, who finished second and third, respectively. Barnes finished the afternoon with a final total of 3,582 points, while Kolmer’s final tally was 3,495 points. The top-three finishes capped off a collective effort that saw only the three Wildcat multis eclipse the 3,000-point mark in the women’s competition.

What’s Next?

The Wildcats are right back at it tomorrow, Dec. 13, this time with a full-slate of action at the K-State Winter Invitational. The first event is set to run at 11 a.m., and continue throughout the afternoon. Admission to the event is free, while live results can be found by visiting the K-State Track and Field schedule page or following @kstate_gameday under #KStateTF.  

Carol Robinson Pentathlon
Ahearn Field House
Manhattan, Kansas

K-State Results

1: Adam Deterding, K-State, 3,689 pts.
60H: 8.40 - 884 pts.
LJ: 6.47m/21-02.75 – 691 pts.
SP: 12.55m/41-02.25 – 640 pts. – Personal best
HJ: 1.95m/6-04.75 – 758 pts.
1000m: 2:54.78 – 716 pts.

3: Max Estill, K-State, 3,107 pts.
60H: 9.22 - 698 pts.
LJ: 6.20m/20-04.25 – 630 pts.
SP: 8.36m/27-05.25 – 388 pts.
HJ: 1.95m/6-04.75 – 758 pts.
1000m: 3:03.25 – 633 pts.

1: Erica Twiss, K-State, 4,114 pts.
60H: 8.47 - 1,024 pts.
HJ: 1.71m/5-07.25 – 867 pts.
SP: 9.16m/30-00.75 – 475 pts.
LJ: 5.99m/19-08.00 – 846 pts.
800m: 2:14.32 – 902 pts.

2: Joslyn Barnes, K-State, 3 582 pts.
60H: 9.50 – 808 pts.
HJ: 1.68m/5-06.00 – 830 pts.
SP: 10.51m/34-05.75 – 563 pts.
LJ: 5.23m/17-02.00 – 623 pts.
800m: 2:24.95 – 758 pts.

3: Sarah Kolmer, K-State, 3,495 pts.
60H: 9.36 – 836 pts.
HJ: 1.50m/4-11.00 – 621 pts.
SP: 11.78m/38-07.75 – 647 pts.
LJ: 5.23m/17-02.00 – 623 pts.
800m: 2:24.16 – 768 pts.