Silkauskas, Cleve Shine in Arkansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State track and field teams split to compete at two meets this weekend and saw a number of strong performances on the road at the Tyson Invitational hosted by Arkansas on the first day of competition.

The men's team had a pair of Wildcats both jump well in the long jump while training for the upcoming Big 12 Championship heptathlon in two weeks. Mantas Silkauskas leapt 23-07.50 to finish third, and Moritz Cleve finished seventh with his jump of 22-11.75. Silkauskas jumped past her personal best by two inches in the competition, besting his mark at last season's Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon.

Hurdlers Jeffrey Julmis and Balazs Baji both clocked 7.95 in the 60 meter hurdles to miss out on the evening's finals heat but qualified for the consolation race, which saw Julmis run 7.88 and finish fifth. For the women's team Denise Baker clocked 8.58 for the third straight week to just miss out on the consolation heat and also was just .05 seconds shy of her career-best time. Baji's 7.95 time was his personal best as a Wildcat.

Cleve and Silkauskas also ran in the hurdles as part of their meet schedule running 8.17 and 8.06, respectively.

For the Wildcats traveling to Ames for the Iowa State Classic, Kim Haberman highlighted the day's performances finishing fifth in the long jump. Haberman leapt 18-06.00 in the competition.

K-State also fielded a women's distance medley relay team that finished fourth with a time of 11:48.57.

The Wildcats will be back in action on Saturday at each meet for a full day of action. K-State will see a large group of mid-distance and distance runners compete at the ISU Classic, while the Wildcats will be busy in the field events at the Tyson Invitational in the high jump and triple jump.

Results of the men's and women's weight throw at the Tyson Invitational were not known at press time and will be included in Saturday's results listings from the meet.

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