Four Compete for the Wildcats at NCAAs

March 13, 2014K-State AthleticsMANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field finishes up the 2014 indoor season this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M., for the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships. Competing for the Wildcats on the national stage will be Devin Dick in the heptathlon and Kyle Wait in the pole vault on the men’s side and Erica Twiss in the pentathlon and Alyx Treasure in the high jump for the women. It marks the fourth-straight season K-State has had four or more athletes competing in the NCAA Indoors.

Last season’s national championship in Fayetteville, Ark., saw the Wildcat men tie for 32nd, while Merryl Mbeng scored three points for the women in the pentathlon. Of the five Wildcats that competed, all five earned All-American honors with Erik Kynard in the high jump and Mbeng earning first-team nods and Wait in the pole vault, Dick in the heptathlon and Carlos Rodriguez in the 200 meter making second team.

This season’s national championships will be held in the Albuquerque Convention Center and hosted by the University of New Mexico. This will be the second time the Wildcats have traveled to Lobos’ territory, with the first time coming in early February when a split squad competed at the New Mexico Classic.

Action is set to begin on Friday, March 14, with the men’s multi-events and run through Saturday, March 15, concluding with the men’s and women’s 4x400 relays. Live results can be found by visiting the K-State Track and Field schedule page and clicking on the meet’s tab. The meet will also be streamed live on ESPN3.

Onto the NCAAs…

Devin Dick | Heptathlon
    o Only granted a sixth-year of eligibility to compete this season in late September, Devin Dick has made the most of the opportunity, nabbing career firsts as well as breaking several personal bests. The Hutchinson, Kan., native has been a perfect 2-0 in the heptathlon on the season and set top-10 school multi-event marks in four of the seven total events. His latest performance in the heptathlon, which resulted in his first career Big 12 title, totaled 5,678 points. The total was good for both a new personal best, as well as fourth all-time in school history.  

Currently holding the 11th-best mark in Division I, he will now shift his attention to a second-straight NCAA Indoors appearance. Last season saw Dick score 5,386 points in the heptathlon, placing 14th. He will kick off the NCAAs on Friday at 10 a.m., with the 60 meter dash and continue competing into Saturday, starting at 11 a.m., with the 60 meter hurdles.

Alyx Treasure | High Jump
    o Fresh off a redshirt season, Alyx Treasure finds herself once again competing on the national stage. As a freshman in 2012, Treasure earned second-team honors by placing 15th in Nampa, Idaho and was only the third K-State women’s high jumper since 2000 to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Now with her second career qualifying effort, Treasure joins the company of Wildcat great high jumpers Wanita Dysktra, Gwen Wentland, Connie Teaberry and Rita Graves as the only women to qualify multiple times in the event for the NCAA Championships. The Prince George, B.C., native tied a career indoor high of 1.83m/6-00.00 this season, which was the top mark in the Big 12. She is also the only Wildcat to finish the season in the Division top-10 – tied for ninth in the country.

Treasure is scheduled to compete Saturday, starting with the high jump trials at 3:30 p.m.

Erica Twiss | Pentathlon
    o This season’s Big 12 Champion in the pentathlon, Erica Twiss has had a career year. Along with her first career conference title, Twiss finished the season with three top-10 school marks as well as top-10 marks in four of the five pentathlon events. She set school records in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.24 seconds in the individual event and 8.31 seconds in the pentathlon.

Her winning effort of 4,074 points in the pentathlon at this season’s conference championships was not only a personal best, but also the seventh-best score in school history. The junior ended up scoring 17 total points, spanning three events, to lead the Wildcats in individual scoring. Her double-digit scoring effort was a historical one too, as she became only the 18th Wildcat to register 10-plus points at the Big 12 Championships. The 17 points tied for third-most by a K-State athlete in Big 12 competition and was the first time since Beverly Ramos‘ 16-point performance in 2010 that a K-State athlete had scored 15-plus at the conference championships.

Twiss enters this weekend’s competition with the 13th-best score in Division I. She is set to compete on Saturday, starting at 11:45 a.m., with the 60 meter hurdles.

Kyle Wait | Pole Vault
    o Kyle Wait makes his fourth-straight, and fourth career, appearance on the national stage. In a nearly identical situation to last indoor season, Wait qualified for this year’s national championship in the pole vault in his final meet of the season prior to the NCAAs by hitting a school-record mark of 5.45m/17-10.50.  

The Gardner, Kan., native enters this weekend’s meet tied for the 11th-best mark in Division I and will look to join Doug Lytle as the only Wildcats to earn multiple indoor All-American recognitions in the pole vault.

Wait will be the last to compete for K-State on Saturday, as he is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m., start.

What’s Next?
    • With a short two-week break over for the rest of the Wildcats, K-State will kick off the outdoor season in Fort Worth, Texas against the TCU Horned Frogs. The meet is set to start Thursday, March 20 and run to Friday, March 21.