Wildcats Split for Two This Weekend

Feb. 6, 2014

Performance List | Sevigne Heat Sheets: Fri. / Sat. | New Mexico Heat Sheets

K-State AthleticsMANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State Track and Field will be competing in two meets this weekend. The larger group of Wildcats will head to Albuquerque, N.M., for the New Mexico Classic, while a few athletes will travel to Lincoln, Neb., for the Sevigne Husker Invitational. Both meets are scheduled to run from Friday, Feb. 7 to Saturday, Feb. 8.

Albuquerque hosts an impressive slate of competition, including the nationally top-ranked Arkansas men's team and No. 6 women's team, as well ranked opponents in the Texas Longhorns and Washington Huskies. For the Wildcats, this weekend's meet gives them a chance to compete in the same building where the NCAA Championships will be hosted in mid-May at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

In Lincoln, K-State will be facing off against 17 other Division I teams, including Big 12 foes Iowa State, Oklahoma State as well as a former Big 12 rival in host, Nebraska. Other notable competition at this week's 39th annual Sevigne meet includes USC, Maryland, UCF and Big Ten schools Illinois and Iowa. Last season's invitational was highlighted by a first-place finish by pole vaulter Kyle Wait, as well as several strong performances from the K-State distance runners.

Both meets will be providing live results and the links can be found under the meet's tab on K-State Track and Field's website. The New Mexico Classic is scheduled to kick off Friday at 4 p.m. with the women's weight throw and Saturday at 10:30 a.m., with the women's shot put. The Sevigne Husker Invitational starts Friday at noon with the men's heptathlon and Saturday at 10 a.m., with the final heptathlon events. More information on both meets, including heat sheets, can be found by visiting www.k-statesports.com.

#KStateTF Quick Hits

• The latest Track and Field News duals ranking came out this past week, with both the men's and women's teams sitting comfortably within their respective top-20s. For the men, K-State sits at No. 8 with a perfect record of 4-0, making the Wildcats the highest-ranked team in the Big 12, as both Texas (No. 10) and Texas Tech (No. 11) rank below them. The women jumped six spots up to No. 11 and also hold a perfect 4-0 record as well, trailing only Texas (No. 6) and Texas Tech (No. 8) in the Big 12.  

• K-State also holds impressive spots in the www.dailyrelay.com regional rankings, as both the men (No. 2) and women (No. 4) are top-5 in the Midwest/Mountain/West region.

• In the national rankings, the Wildcats men and women are ranked No. 46 and No. 38, respectively. Most impressive though, is that both teams are ranked within the Top-5 of the Midwest Region, which includes top competition such as Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota. The women hold the No. 4 spot, while the men are ranked third in the region.

• In individual rankings, the Wildcats have a total of 19 athletes with top-5 marks in the Big 12, with six of those marks sitting within the all-important top-16 of Division I competition. On the men's side Jharyl Bowry in the long jump and Devin Dick after his most recent performance in the heptathlon lead the men, while the women have Erica Twiss in the pentathlon, Sara Savatovic in the weight throw, Alyx Treasure in the high jump and the 4x400 relay team all holding qualifying Division I marks.

Savatovic Continues to Improve

• Each meet for Sara Savatovic seems to end with a new personal best in the weight throw for the sophomore from Crvenka, Serbia. Her latest effort at this past weekend's Bill Bergan Invitational, a throw of 20.59m/67-06.75, was not only a personal best, but also a meet record. With her now fourth personal best set this season, Savatovic looks primed to make waves at both the Big 12s and NCAAs as her top mark sits 12th in Division I and tops in the Big 12.

Devin Dick Nabs Big 12 Honor

• This season has been rife with impressive performances from both the men's and women's teams so it was only a matter of time before a Wildcat nabbed weekly honors from the conference. For Devin Dick that week was this one, as the senior earned Big 12 Track and Field Athlete of the Week for his impressive win in the men's heptathlon this past weekend. Not only was Dick the first Track and Field `Cat to earn the honor this season, but was the first on team to do so since last September when teammate Laura Galvan earned the weekly honor in cross country.

Rankings N'at
(Please Note: Only marks in the Top-50 DI and Top-20 Big 12 are displayed according to TFRRS - converted marks are not used)

• Men

AthleteEventMarkDivision IBig 12
Carlos Rodriguez60m6.7226th4th
Zach RileyHigh Jump2.15m/7-05.0022nd7th
Kyle WaitPole Vault5.22m/17-01.50T-28thT-3rd
Cameron SavagePole Vault5.22m/17-01.50T-28thT-3rd
Jharyl BowryLong Jump7.64m/25-00.7510th1st
Devin FieldLong Jump7.53m/24-08.5021st2nd
Ryan HershbergerShot Put18.46m/60-06.7529th5th
Devin DickHeptathlon550510th1st

• Women

AthleteEventMarkDivision IBig 12
Sonia Gaskin800m2:08.6017th4th
Erica Twiss60m Hurdles8.3322nd3rd
Alyx TreasureHigh Jump1.80m/5-10.7515th3rd
Joslyn BarnesHigh Jump1.77m/5-09.7533rd4th
Rachel ProteauHigh Jump1.76m/5-09.2539th6th
Dani WintersShot Put15.85m/52-00.0027th3rd
Sara SavatovicWeight Throw20.59m/67-06.7512th1st
Erica TwissPentathlon40239th1st
Sarah KolmerPentathlon371838th4th
Joslyn BarnesPentathlon366647th5th

K-State Jumps Heating Up

• The jumps event category has long been an area of strength for K-State so it comes as no surprise that the Wildcats appear to be heating up in the category right at the big-time meets near. The foursome of Jharyl Bowry, Devin Field, Tyris Jefferson and Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye is coming off a weekend that saw each athlete occupy a spot in the top-4. Not to mention that all four hold spots in the Big 12's top-7 in the event, while Bowry and Field, in particular, also rank within the Division I's top-25. For the women, Alyx Treasure's gives an already talented group of high jumpers an added boost, as along with Joslyn Barnes and Rachel Proteau, K-State has three of 10 best marks in the Big 12. Add in the inevitable return of Zach Riley and it shouldn't be a surprise if K-State once again is up near the top once again in the jumps at this year's Big 12 Championships.   

Athlete Spotlight: Devin Field

• Already mentioned quite a bit above, the sophomore from Desoto, Texas has performed exceptionally well in the long jump so far this season. Setting a personal best mark of 7.53m/24-08.25 at the Bill Bergan Invitational, Field picked up his first win in the event as a Wildcat. Not surprisingly, Coach Cliff Rovelto made note of Field's improved performance after the Jan. 18 Wildcat Invitational. Said Rovelto, "Devin only had one measured jump [he finished with a mark of 7.02m/23-00.50 at that meet], but he had some really good jumps so it's very positive because you can see he's coming back."

What's Next?

• The Wildcats have one more road meet in Ames, Iowa next weekend, before heading home for their final home meet of the indoor season, the K-State Open. Competition in Ames for the Iowa State Classic is expected to be tough, as the meet has routinely has drawn some of the best competition nationally. More information on the meet, as well as the team's performance this weekend can be found on www.k-statesports.com.