Wildcats Host Final Indoor Meet of Season
Wildcats Host Final Indoor Meet of Season
Feb. 16, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State track and field teams are set to host the KSU Open on Friday afternoon as the Wildcats will fine tune themselves in preparation for next week’s Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships at Texas A&M. Field events are slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. with pole vault, long jump, high jump and weight throw all going on at the same time. Running events begin at 4 p.m. at Ahearn Field House where K-StateHD.TV will be covering the event as well.
K-StateHD.tv is be broadcasting K-State Gameday hosted by Brian Smoller with Lon Floyd providing analysis and insight into the K-State track program. The pair will cover the day’s events and highlight some of the Wildcats’ achievements this season as well as feature some of the athletes making an impact in 2012. Smoller and Floyd will also preview the upcoming Big 12 Indoor Championships next week and discuss the 2012 Big 12 Outdoor Championships the Wildcats will host in May at R.V. Christian Track & Field. Fans can see the broadcast at 7 p.m. online at K-StateHD.TV. Floyd is a former K-State track star and assistant coach. He currently serves the Athletics Department as assistant athletic director of development events. Floyd is helping plan the Big 12 Championship as the meet director as well.
The KSU Open will pit the Wildcats against competition from across the region as they look to stay sharp and fresh for next week’s Big 12 Championship. In addition to K-StateHD.TV’s coverage, fans can get results on Twitter by following the @kstate_gameday handle. There is no charge for admission to the meet.
Distance Runners Shine at Iowa State Classic
It was a successful trip to Ames, Iowa, for the Kansas State distance runners at the Iowa State Classic. The event group tallied three wins at the meet, two in unseeded competition and one in a seeded event. Armando Del Valle and Kyle Hanson both tallied victories in mid-distance events with Del Valle claiming the men’s mile by just more than a second crossing the finish line in 4:10.55. Hanson was first to finish the 800 meters clocking in at 1:52.11 beating out South Dakota State’s Dominic Thielen. Boglarka Bozzay won the women’s seeded 800 meters to remain undefeated on the year.
Other distance runners fared well at the ISU Classic as Luke Hibbeler finished fifth in the 600 yard run. The impressive results continued to come in for K-State in the long distance events as well with Laura Galvan finishing ninth in the women’s 3,000 meters. Her time was less than half a second off the pace she ran at the Husker Invitational last week as she clocked in at 10:02.99. Del Valle and Hanson also competed in seeded events and posted fast times but did not get victories.
A trio of Wildcats opened the Iowa State Classic by competing in the women’s pentathlon, and Richelle Farley led the way for Kansas State finishing third with her score of 3,671 points. Freshmen Joslyn Barnes and Sarah Kolmer also showed strong over the five events to take fifth and sixth, respectively.
Wait Vaults to Win at Tyson Invitational
Kansas State sent a small group of Wildcats to participate in the highly competitive Tyson Invitational and came away with two impressive performances. The final day of the meet started with the sophomore Kyle Wait posting a new personal best mark clearing 5.06 meters (16-07.25) to get the victory in the men’s pole vault to move into fifth in school history by himself. Freshman Cameron Savage tied for second as he managed to vault 4.91m (16-01.25). It was Wait’s third win of the season.
K-State’s other highlight of the day at Tyson came in the 4x400 relay with the tandem of Sarah Kolmer, Erica Twiss, Sophia Alonso and Ryann Krais running the second fastest time in school history to finish seventh against some of the best relay squads in the NCAA. Krais ran the final leg for K-State to finish in 3:42.08. The time is just 1.44 off the school record set in 2006.
Wildcats Ranked No. 13 in USTFCCCA
It is moving week this week in the USTFCCCA Rankings. This weeks’ rankings are the first to take into account performances only from this season, except for multi-events. With the change in calculation, comes significant change in the rankings. The Kansas State men have climbed three spots to No. 13 while the Wildcat women jump nine spots to No. 37 with a trio of multi-event competitors playing a key role in that move.
The men’s Top 25 saw significant change with three new teams cracking the rankings and a number of others making big moves up and down. Arizona State moved up 17 spots to No. 7 this week, while Florida State tumbled from No. 6 down to No. 21. The women’s rankings saw even more moving and shaking. Eight new teams are in the Top 25, with Cal making the big jump from No. 70 last week to No. 19.
Big 12 Presence Felt in Top 25
The Big 12 Conference has long been a force in track and field, and again the league is among the best when examining the USTFCCCA Rankings. A total of four men’s teams and five women’s teams are in the USTFCCCA Top 25 Rankings after moving week.
In the Big 12 Baylor and Oklahoma saw their women drop just outside the Top 25, but Kansas moved all the way to No. 6, up from No. 24 a week ago. The conference has five women’s teams ranked with all of them No. 13 or better. Texas A&M moved to No. 5, up four spots. Texas Tech’s women remain in the Top 10 at No. 9, and Texas (12) and Iowa State (13) round out the Big 12.
The men did not lose any ranked teams from the Top 25 this week with four still among the best teams in the nation. Texas A&M ‘s men made a big move, like the women, up five spots to No. 3. Texas (6) remains in the Top 10 and Oklahoma fell 12 spots to No. 23. And K-State stands at No. 13.
There are a number of teams just outside the Top 25 for the Big 12 as well. Texas Tech’s men are No. 29 in the rankings, and Baylor’s women are 29th as well. Oklahoma’s women dropped 12 spots to No. 31.
Senior mid-distance runner Boglarka Bozzay is dominating the competition this season as the Hungarian is undefeated in seven races. Bozzay has taken first place in the 800 meters three times and twice each in the mile and 1,000 meters. At two meets she pulled the double winning the 800 and mile at Bill Bergan Invitational and the mile and 1,000 at the KSU Invitational. Bozzay has been winning in commanding fashion as well with her average margin of victory of more than six seconds thanks to some crushing wins of more than 11 seconds in the 1,000 meters.
Kynard Flying High
Junior high jumper Erik Kynard is the defending NCAA outdoor champion and is looking for his first indoor title this season, and he is making the case to be the one everyone else will be chasing. Kynard most recently cleared 2.31 meters (7-07.00) for the second time this season in winning the New Mexico Collegiate Classic. He bested professional jumper Jamie Nieto to get the win as he cleared the bar on his first attempt at the height. Kynard’s closest competition in the NCAA so far is 1.75 inches below him, and his current jump of 2.31 meters ranks No. 5 in the world this season.