Wildcats Withstand Cold at Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. - Mother Nature frowned on the opening of outdoor track and field season this weekend as the Tulsa Duels were shortened due to snow and cold. Despite three inches of snow in Tulsa, Kansas State still came away with three first-place finishes and four runners-up in the meet's reduced schedule.

With a reduced schedule at the meet only 10 events were held on each of the men's and women's sides. The hammer throw and javelin were contested on Friday with K-State fairing well in both for the men and women. For the women, Chelsie Bonds led a group of four Wildcats that finished third through sixth. Bonds tallied a personal best throw of 170-04 (51.92m) and Jacquelyne Leffler made her debut as a Wildcat finishing fourth posting 169-07 (51.70m).

For the men Eric Thomas and Jack Heiman finished first and second, respectively. Thomas took the victory with his throw of 170-05 (51.94m) for a new personal best with Heiman following at 154-09 (47.16m).

In the javelin, Cory Boulanger finished third for the men with his throw of 207-06 (63.26m). Ali Pistora finished second at 159-05 (48.61m) just eight inches short of her best effort ever.

Due to the cold weather, times were slower than normal in running events with Grant Loescher getting K-State's only win in a running event. Loescher bested the field in the 100 meters clocking 12.06 seconds. A pair of Wildcats competed out of their usual events to run in the 100 with Derek Jerde finishing second at 12.19, and David Taylor ran 12.75. Jocelyn Clemons finished second in the 400 meters for the women's best running finish on the day.

Keeping with K-State's strength in the throwing events at the Tulsa Duels, Heiman followed his second-place finish in the hammer throw with a win in the discus. Heiman threw 149-06 (45.58m). Josh Mathiasmeier finished third in the discus for K-State as well.

The Wildcats will be back in action next weekend at the ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.

- k-statesports.com -