K-State Opens Competition at ISU Classic

AMES, Iowa Three Kansas State athletes competed in the women’s pentathlon on Thursday afternoon in the first day of the ISU Classic at the Lied Recreation Center.


Freshman Stephanie Hejde scored a career-high 3,201 points for a seventh-place finish. The product of Fort Collins, Colo., had a previous best of 3,053 from the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon on Dec. 8. During competition on Thursday, Hejde registered career-bests in the 60-meter hurdles (9.80), the shot put (37-00.25) and the long jump (17-00.00).


Senior Obi Ikwuakor tallied a new season-best with 3,162 points for an eighth-place finish. Senior Tasha Harvey also scored a season-best with 3,128 points for a ninth-place finish. Harvey’s and Ikwuakor’s point totals were boosted by first (43-04.25) and second-place (40-06.00) finishes, respectively, in the shot put.


Kansas State will begin a full slate of events at 2 p.m. with women’s weight throw. On the track, the first event the Wildcats will compete in is the men’s 60-meter hurdle preliminaries.  



Overall Standings

ISU Classic

Women’s Pentathlon

1. Dani McNaney, Unattached, 3,952; 2. Jenni Saarinen, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 3,688; 3. Erica Moore, Indiana State, 3,674; 4. Amy Flebbermann, Arkansas State, 3,663; 5. Lindsey Boldt, Missouri, 3,354; 6. Lauren Begany, Missouri, 3,240; 7. Stephanie Hejde, Kansas State, 3,201; 8. Obi Ikwuakor, Kansas State, 3,162; 9. Tasha Harvey, Kansas State, 3,128; 10. Jillian Yorn, Indiana State, 3,065; 11. Katie Wenger, Missouri, 3,020; 12. Dana Sander, Indiana State, 2,840