Trio of Wildcats Advance at Husker Invite

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Kansas State Wildcats opened the Sevigne Husker Invitational with three advancing to Saturday's finals and a pole vaulter claiming 17th.

Denise Baker advanced to the finals in the women's 60 meter hurdles clocking 8.58 seconds in her preliminary heat Friday evening from the Devaney Center Indoor Track. Baker's time was the sixth fastest on the night. In the men's hurdles, Balazs Baji crossed the line in 8.06 seconds to advance to the finals. Jeffrey Julmis clocked in at 8.15 seconds to just miss out on the finals.

Freshman Samantha McKnight could not move on in the 60 meter dash clocking 7.96 seconds. She also finished the 200 meters in 26.19 to finish 26th and miss the finals. Jason Coniglio advanced in the men's 60 meters clocking 6.92, and Grant Loescher finished in 7.11 but did not qualify for the finals. Coniglio clocked 21.99 in the 200 meters and advanced to the Saturday finals. Loescher ran the 200 in 22.65 seconds to finish 21st for the meet.

The Wildcats will compete in seven more events on Saturday in addition to Baji, Baker and Coniglio in the finals in their respective events on the second day of action at the Husker Invitational. A group of five Wildcats are set to start the day off in the women's mile at noon with a strong contingency of K-State runners competing in other mid-distance events over the final day.

K-State Results
60H

Denise Baker advanced 8.58
Balazs Baji advanced 8.06
10th: Jeffrey Julmis 8.15

60M
14th: Samantha McKnight, 7.96
Jason Coniglio, 6.92 advanced
21st: Grant Loescher 7.11

200M
26th: Samantha McKnight, 26.19
Jason Coniglio, 21.99 advanced
21st: Grant Loescher, 22.65

Pole Vault
17th: Meriel Harwood, 11-05.75

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