Trio of Cats Shine in Decathlon

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Kansas State Wildcats opened the Jim Click Shootout with a bang in the combined events over the first two days of competition. A trio of Wildcats combined to score 18 points toward the team total in the decathlon. A pair of women's team members also performed well for K-State.

Junior Moritz Cleve finished second in the decathlon scoring a total of 7,429 points over two days of action. He finished third or better in five of the 10 disciplines to help K-State score eight points in the team competition of the meet.

Sophomore Mantas Silkauskas shined for K-State as well finishing third overall with 7,129 points. Freshman Tomas Kirielius made his debut in the decathlon for the Wildcats and finished fifth with 6,618 points. Kirielius had one of the best throws in school history in the javelin hurling the spear 191-04. It was the third longest throw in K-State history in a decathlon.

In the heptathlon, senior Stephanie Hejde finished sixth with 4,725 points to score three points toward the women's team's effort. She was just 142 points shy of her career-high which ranks eighth in school history. Freshman Klaudia Demeter made her Wildcats debut scoring 3,907 points to finish 10th. Demeter cracked the honor list in the javelin for a heptathlon throwing 112-08 for the ninth best throw at K-State.

The rest of the Wildcat team will be in action on Saturday for the remainder of events at the Jim Click Shootout. A full squad will take on teams from host Arizona, California, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The meet is being team scored similar to championship meets and will provide a good test for the Wildcats with a number of ranked teams competing.

Decathlon
2: Moritz Cleve, 7,429
3: Mantas Silkauskas, 7,129
5: Tomas Kirielius, 6,618

Heptathlon
6: Stephanie Hejde, 4,725
10: Klaudia Demeter, 3,907

- k-statesports.com -