Twiss, Wildcat Women Finish Top-3 at Winter Pentathlon

Dec. 13, 2013

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K-State AthleticsMANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field got the season started off on a strong note in Ahearn Field House with a resounding performance at the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon. Senior Erica Twiss won the women’s pentathlon and freshman Adam Deterding finished second in the men’s event. Also competing for the Wildcats were juniors Sarah Kolmer and Joslyn Barnes, who finished second and third respectively, and Devin Dick and Reinis Kregers competed on the men’s side.

Twiss, who picked up her first career first-place finish in a pentathlon as a Wildcat, set personal bests in points, 3,905, the high jump, 1.72m (5-07.75), and 800 meters, 2:18.76. The senior started off extremely strong with a time of 8.57 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles, just missing her personal best time of 8.56. In all, Twiss won four out of the five events on the day.

Coach Cliff Rovelto was impressed with Twiss’ performance, especially when considering it being the first event of the 2013-14 indoor season.

“I thought Erica had a very solid meet, that’s the highest she has ever scored early in the season, let alone the first meet of the year,” Rovelto said. “Her first two events were really outstanding. It was very good for this time of the year.

“The girls overall, I thought, did a really nice job."

Finishing right behind Twiss were Kolmer and Barnes. For Kolmer, she also set a personal best in points with 3,636 as well as in the long jump, 5.41m (17-09.00), and shot put, 12.70m (41-08.00). Her effort in the shot put was good enough for a first place finish. Barnes, competing in the Carol Robinson for the first time, tied with Twiss for first in the high jump in an entertaining back-and-forth match up. Both Twiss and Barnes cleared 1.72m on their third and final tries. Barnes elected to continue at 1.75m, but was unable to clear the bar.

On the men’s side, freshman Adam Deterding performed exceptionally well in his first career action as a Wildcat. The Hays, Kan., native set a personal best in the long jump with a mark of 6.32m (20-09.00) and won his 60m hurdles heat convincingly in a time of 8.48 seconds.

Rovelto had nothing, but praise for the freshman Wildcat.

“Adam had a phenomenal meet,” Rovelto said. “His hurdles, for the first time running over 42 inch hurdles, were very good. I was really impressed with his 1000 [meters] and was very, very impressed with his meet overall.”

Setting a personal best as well was senior Devin Dick in the shot put with a mark of 13.96m (45-09.75). The returning All-American got off to a strong start in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.37 seconds – over a half second better than any other runners in his heat. He continued his success in the long jump and shot put, winning three out of the four events he competed in on the day. Dick was unable to compete in the 1000m due to having to take a final.

A full slate of K-State Track and Field action is on the docket for tomorrow as the Wildcats are set to host the K-State Winter Invitational. The men will compete against Oklahoma State, while the women welcome Nebraska-Omaha and Oklahoma State. Also competing is Fort Hays State and Emporia State in D-II competition. The field events are scheduled to start to at 11 a.m., and admission to the event is free. For more information visit


Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon Results


1: Bart Mestelle, Unattached, 3557 pts

2: Adam Deterding, K-State, 3512 pts

60H: 8.48 – 865 pts

LJ: 6.32m – 657 pts PR

SP: 11.43m – 572 pts

HJ: 1.85m – 670 pts

1000m: 2:51.69 – 748 pts

3: Cory Post, Fort Hays State, 3374 pts

4: Grady Goff, Emporia State, 3129 pts

5: Devin Dick, K-State, 3125 pts

60H: 8.37 – 891 pts

LJ: 6.88m – 785 pts

SP: 13.96m – 726 pts PR

HJ: 1.91m – 723 pts

1000m: DNF

6: Dylan Biedron, Friends University, 2942 pts

7: Zachary Griffiths, Friends University, 2855 pts

8: Davian Lawrence, Emporia State, 2800 pts

9. Lane White, Emporia State, 2621 pts

-- Reinis Kregers, K-State, DNF

60H: 8.76

LJ: 6.61m

SP: 13.05m

HJ: 1.88m

1000m: DNF



1: Erica Twiss, K-State, 3905 pts PR

60H: 8.57 – 1002 pts

HJ: 1.72m – 879 pts PR

SP: 8.99m – 464 pts

LJ: 5.57m – 720 pts

800m: 2:18.76 – 840 pts PR

2: Sarah Kolmer, K-State, 3636 pts PR

60H: 9.39 – 830 pts

HJ: 1.51m – 632 pts

SP: 12.70m – 707 pts PR

LJ: 5.41m – 674 pts PR

800m: 2:22.24 – 793 pts

3: Joslyn Barnes, K-State, 3566 pts

60H: 9.40 – 828 pts

HJ: 1.72m – 879 pts

SP: 10.22m – 544 pts

LJ: 5.10m – 587 pts

800m: 2:27.22 – 728 pts

4: Nikki Wetstein, Emporia State, 3382 pts

5: Kathryn Doll, Fort Hays State, 3079 pts

6: Kaitlyn Keck, Friends University, 3050 pts

7: Monica Howard, Emporia State, 3003 pts

8: Patricia Miller, UMKC, 2980 pts

9: Meg Sharemet, UMKC, 2888 pts

10: Kayla Hannam, Baker University, 2858 pts

11: Maddie Behny, Friends University, 2763 pts

12: Sarah Krig, UMKC, 2558 pts

13: Summer Wilson, Fort Hays State, 2423 pts

14: Bree Busch, Baker University, 2248 pts