Hejde Fourth in Pentathlon

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State freshman Mantas Silkauskas finished the first day of the ISU Classic atop the leaderboard of the men’s heptathlon while Stephanie Hejde finished fourth in the women’s pentathlon. Combined specialists competed in the women’s pentathlon and the opening portion of the men’s heptathlon from the Lied Recreational Center Indoor Track in Ames, Iowa.


Silkauskas led following the first four events of the heptathlon with a total of 3,104 points. He began the day by setting a new personal best time in the 60 meters at 6.83 seconds winning the event. His nearest competitor was nearly half a second behind at 7.21. Silkauskas also won the long jump with a leap of 23-03.50 besting the field by just shy of three feet and scoring 138 more points than the second-place finisher in the event. His shot put of 39-05.25 placed him third in the event. He also finished third in the high jump at 6-02.75 for 714 points.


He leads the heptathlon by 229 points with the 60 meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters being held Friday morning.


Junior Stephanie Hejde competed in the women’s pentathlon for the Wildcats and came away in fourth place. After finishing 11th in the 60 meter hurdles and 10th in the high jump, Hejde began climbing with strong performances in the final three events.


Hejde began the competition with a time of 9.35 in the 60 meter hurdles .01 seconds short of her personal best. Her high jump of 5-01.75 earned her 701 points. She finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 36-04.75. Hejde also finished fifth in the final event the 800 meters. Her time of 2:25.37 finished fifth and earned her 752 points to climb the standings to fourth with a total of 3,595 points for a new career high.


The Wildcats will continue action at the ISU Classic on Friday beginning with the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon. A full slate of events are scheduled for the three-day event, which will also include team scoring. Hejde’s fourth-place finish earned the Wildcat women’s team five points.