Wildcats Post Two Provisional Marks

MANHATTAN, Kan. Mantas Silkauskas did not let go of his lead in the men’s heptathlon in day two of action at the ISU Classic winning the event with 5,406 points. The freshman’s point total was enough for a provisional qualifying mark as he bested the field by more than 300 points.


Silkauskas led after the first four events from Thursday and continued to build on that lead in the final three events. He began the final session of the heptathlon with a time of 8.12 in the 60 meter hurdles winning his third event of the heptathlon. Silkauskas finished fourth in the pole vault and second in the 1,000 meters to mark the win and post 10 points on the board for the Wildcat men.


The Wildcats competed in a handful of other events during Day Two of the ISU Classic with one more athlete posting an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.


Nina Kokot finished second in the long jump with a leap of 20-03.50. It was her first provisional qualifying mark of the season. Kim Haberman posted a jump of 17-11.75 to finish 21st. For the men, Moritz Cleve finished 17th with his jump of 22-05.75 while Adam Fretwell leapt 21-08.25.


In the pole vault, Alexandra Gonzalez was K-State’s top finisher coming in fifth at 12-01.50 in the unseeded competition.


K-State competed in both the men’s and women’s distance medley relay with the women’s team finishing 11th with a time of 12:02.14 by the team of Emilee Morris, Lakeisha Pointer-Allen, Megan-Anne Perrin and Alyssa Bellinder. The men’s tandem of Ed Buck, Gus Vazquez-Milan, Jacob Davies and Danny Schneider came in 10th for the Wildcats at 10:10.13.


Kevin Edwards posted a personal best in the 5,000 meters at 15:52.43 improving his previous best by more than 30 seconds. In sprints action, Denise Baker clocked in at 26.17 and Kristel Williams finished in 26.33 seconds, a new personal best. On the men’s side, Jason Coniglio finished 18th at 21.89 seconds, also a personal best. Gus Vazquez-Milan completed the race in 22.95 seconds.


The Wildcats will conclude action for the weekend on Saturday during Day Three of the ISU Classic.