Wildcats Split Squad for Weekend Action

Jeffrey Julmis

Feb. 10, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State Wildcats will send athletes to two different site this weekend for track meets full of talent. K-State’s distance runners along with a group of sprinters and combined athletes will head north to the Iowa State Classic in Ames while another group travels to Arkansas for the Tyson Invitational. Both meets will have two days of action and some of the top athletes in the nation.

K-State will send a number of its mid-distance and distance runners to Ames looking to build off the success from a week ago at the Husker Invitational. The Wildcats came home with a number of wins last weekend and are hoping for more heading into the final month of indoor season.

The Wildcats have a group of sprints and jumpers headed to the Tyson Invitational with eyes set on more personal records. Seven of the 12 athletes competing in Fayetteville have posted PRs this season, including two school records. Three of the others rank second in K-State history with their marks earlier this season for the Purple and White.

Fans wanting to follow the action from their home or office have a number of options this weekend as well. Live results are available at flashresults.com for the Tyson Invitational and at Cyclones.com for updates from the ISU Classic. The track and field blogging site FloTrack will also be in Ames for live coverage of the ISU Classic. Fans can go to flotrack.com for photos, video and more from the meet. Fans can keep up with the action by following @kstatesports on Twitter as well. Complete results will be posted online at kstatesports.com upon completion of each day’s action.

Bozzay Runs to Athlete of the Week
Junior mid-distance runner Boglarka Bozzay tallied the first Big 12 Conference Athlete of the Week for the Kansas State track and field team this season receiving the honor for her performance at the Husker Invitational last weekend. Bozzay ran away from the field in the 1,000 meters en route to the award she shared with Nebraska’s Chante McMillan.

Bozzay won the women’s 1,000 meters at the 36th Annual Sevigne Husker Invitational with a blistering time of 2:45.91 to shatter the meet record by nearly four seconds. She also broke the Bob Devaney Center facility record by .05 seconds. Bozzay’s time is the fastest in the Big 12 era on a regulation 200-meter track. Two times rank slightly faster but were run on oversized tracks. She also now ranks second in school history in the event placing an even second behind Anne Stadler, who set the record at the 1985 NCAA Championship.

Sprinters Fly at Husker Invite
K-State came away with a number of wins and personal records at the Husker Invitational from its sprinters. Martynas Jurgilas ran away from the competition in the men’s 60 meter dash final with an impressive 6.65 seconds to rank him 13th in the nation. More impressive for Jurgilas was him running the time after two false starts in the field.

Jeffrey Julmis ran his way to another win and PR in the 60 meter hurdles. Julmis crossed the line in 7.81 seconds for the win and is now .01 seconds behind the school record. Denise Baker posted another fast time in the women’s hurdles finishing second in a tight race with her time of 8.42 seconds. She cuts .04 seconds off her PR and still remains second in school history.

Kynard Soars to School Record
Sophomore high jumper Erik Kynard ended up head-to-head with Ricky Robertson from Ole Miss at the Big 12-SEC Challenge and came away the winner in a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2. Robertson surpassed Kynard for the top spot on the NCAA list a week prior to the two meeting up in College Station, Texas, and were the pair were the final two competitors standing. Kynard cleared 7-06.00 on his final attempt to win the event and reclaim the No. 1 spot while also tying the K-State school record. Kynard’s mark of 7-06.00 also tied him for sixth in the world to date this season.