Heptathlon, Mid-Distance ?Cats Shine on Day One

AMES, Iowa - The first day of the Big 12 Indoor Championships finds the Kansas State Wildcats with a trio among the top performers in the heptathlon and the women's squad with 25 points. The men's team tallied 6.5 points on the first day of action, and a total of eight Wildcats advanced to finals in their respective events during preliminaries.

In Day One of the men's heptathlon, Mantas Silkauskas strung three personal records together in the last three of four events to score 3,239 points and find himself in second place with three events remaining. Defending champion Moritz Cleve stands in fifth with 3,114 points and three of his strongest events remaining in the 60 meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters. Rok Derzanic is right behind Cleve in sixth place with 3,082 points. Freshman Isaac Mallory can make a push to stand on the podium as he is in 11th through the first four events with 2,621 points.

Silkauskas roared past all the other competitors in the opening event running the 60 meter hurdles in 6.84 seconds. The time was .01 seconds off his personal best. He followed that with a long jump of 23-11.00 to pass set a school record for long jump in a heptathlon. He then PR'ed in the shot put with a mark of 40-08.75 and had the best high jump of his career at 6-06.00.

Cleve and Derzanic each posted personal records in some of the heptathlon disciplines as well. Cleve made up some ground in the standings in the shot put after a disappointing long jump. He surpassed his previous best by more than 19 inches at 47-06.25. Derzanic posted a new best in the high jump at 6-06.00.

K-State's women got on the scoreboard with eight points in the first women's field event of the day to finish as Chelsie Bonds and Amanda Boor combined for the effort. Bonds finished third with her mark of 61-06.67 to score six points and post another NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Boor finished seventh with her throw of 57-03.00 just a few inches short of her best. Ali Pistora missed out on scoring for the Wildcats finishing 10th.

For the men Eric Thomas also claimed third with his throw of 61-06.75. He made his top throw on his final attempt in the finals to move from fifth to third by five centimeters.

The women's squad got eight more points out of Friday's field events with Nina Kokot finishing second in the long jump in her first action of the season. Kokot jumped a personal best 20-10.00 to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championship coming up just three centimeters short of the automatic mark.

K-State's distance runners also shined for the Wildcats on Friday in preliminary heats.

In the 800 meters both Jacob Davies and Jack Sachse posted provisional times while advancing to the finals on Saturday. Davies kicked hard in the final 200 meters of the race to come way behind in the pack and win his heat in 1:50.23 shaving more than a second off his personal best time. Sachse finished in 1:50.15 winning his heat and also improving his personal record. Freshman Sara Stoakes advanced to the women's 800M final with her time of 2:09.16 for a personal best time as well.

Armando Del Valle ran the fastest time in the men's 1,000M to qualify for the final clocking in at 2:25.16. Boglarka Bozzay advanced for the women in the same event clocking the fourth fastest time in preliminaries at 2:51.45 also a personal best.

The success in the distance events continued with Beverly Ramos finishing second in the 5,000M with her time of 16:18.84 to finish behind Iowa State's Lisa Koll as she set a Big 12 Championship meet record. Ramos' time was fast enough for a provisional qualifying time.

The night closed with the women's distance medley relay finishing eighth to earn a point, and Deszo Sabo tying for eighth to gain half a point for the men's squad.

The Wildcats will return to action Saturday for the second day of the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships from the Leid Recreation-Athletic Facility. The action is set to start at 11 a.m. with the 60 meter hurdles of the heptathlon.

Kansas State Results

Heptathlon - Day 1
2: Mantas Silkauskas, 3,239
5: Moritz Cleve, 3,114
6: Rok Derzanic, 3,082
11: Isaac Mallory, 2,621

Silkauskas: 60H 6.84; LJ 23-11.00* school heptathlon record; SP 40-08.75*; HJ 6-06.00*
Cleve: 60H 7.20; LJ 22-07.00; SP 47-06.25*; HJ 6-04.75
Derzanic: 60H 7.25; LJ 23-04.00; SP 40-09.5; HJ 6-07.00*
Mallory: 60H 7.39; LJ 21-07.25; SP 36-06.75*; HJ 5-09.75*

Pentathlon
17: Stephanie Hejde, 2,272
(60H 9.23*; HJ 4-11.75: SP 36-04.00; LJ Foul; 800M 2:32.20

60H Semifinals
Men
Jeffrey Julmis, 7.87 provisional, advance
11: Balazs Baji, 7.91* provisional

Women
Denise Baker, 8.46* advance

60M
Men
11: Jason Coniglio, 6.86
15th: Martynas Jurgilas, 6.89*

600Y
Men
18: Ben Love, 1:12.20

Women
Lekesha Pointer-Allen, 1:22.52* advance

800M
Men
Jack Sachse, 1:50.15* provisional, advance
Jacob Davies, 1:50.23* provisional, advance
11: Sam James, 1:51.42

Women
Sara Stoakes, 2:09.16* advance

1000M
Men
Armando Del Valle, 2:25.16* advance

Women
Boglarka Bozzay, 2:51.45* advance

5000M
2: Beverly Ramos, 16:18.84 provisional (8 points)
12: Martina Tresch, 16:47.14*
13: Alyssa Bellinder, 16:48.93*
Sydney Messick, DNF

Distance Medley Relay
8: K-State, 11:42.66 (1 point)

Weight Throw
Men
3: Eric Thomas, 61-06.75 (6 points)

Women
3: Chelsie Bonds, 61-06.75 provisional (6 points)
7: Amanda Boor, 57-03.00 (2 points)
10: Ali Pistora, 56-03.00

Long Jump
Women
2: Nina Kokot, 20-10.00* (8 points)

Pole Vault
T-8: Deszo Szabo, 16-05.50 (0.5 points)

* Denotes personal record

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