Wildcats in Store for Busy Weekend

April 3, 2014

Stanford Invitational: Meet Central | Schedule | Heat Sheets | Live Results

Sam Adams Multi: Schedule | Heat Sheets | Live Results

SF St. Distance Carnival: Live ResultsK-State AthleticsMANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field invades California this weekend, with athletes competing in a total of three different meets. The Wildcats send their largest group to Stanford, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational, while the heptathletes and decathletes will compete in Westmont for the Sam Adams Multi and a small group of distance runners will get their work in at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.

In Stanford, K-State will be going up against a pool of more than 3,300 athletes from 114 schools at Cobb Track and Angell Field on Friday, April 4, to Saturday, April 5. The Invitational, which is in its 30th year, will kick off Friday at 9 a.m., with the men’s javelin and conclude Saturday night with the men’s and women’s 4x400 relays. Live results will be provided and can be found by visiting the K-State Track and Field’s homepage.

At the Sam Adams Multi, the Wildcat multi-athletes will be competing against a stacked field in a meet that is one of the premier multi-event competitions in the United States. Along with an impressive array of collegiate athletes, the Multi will feature competitors from the French combined events team, as well as multiple Olympians such as Jesse Williams and Brianne Theisen-Eaton. The two-day meet is tentatively scheduled to begin Friday, April 4 with the heptathlon 100 meter hurdles and conclude Saturday, April 5 with the decathlon 1500 meter run. Live results will be available and can be found on K-State Track and Field’s homepage.

Lastly, in San Francisco, Erika Schiller, Mary Frances Donnelly and Morgan Wedekind will compete in what is expected to be largest-ever Distance Carnival at Cox Stadium. Also running from this Friday to Saturday, the Distance Carnival, in its seventh year, will play host to a pool of over 1,300 athletes from 150 teams spanning 24 total states. Action will start at 9 a.m., Friday with live results being provided by timerHub.       

For more information on all this weekend’s action, be sure to visit www.k-statesports.com. Heat sheets, meet schedules, as well as links to live results will all be provided on the meet preview web page on K-State Track and Field’s home page. Up-to-the-minute updates on individual performances can also be found by following the @kstate_gameday Twitter account.  

#KStateTF Quick Hits

• Though it’s still early in the season, the Wildcats have several impressive marks in both the conference and Division I rankings. In the Big 12 rankings, K-State has a total of 20 athletes/relay teams in the top-20 with the women holding 13 of those rankings and the men seven. On the national stage, seven Wildcats rank within the Division I top-50, including six in the top-25.

• A couple K-State athletes will be making their individual season debuts at the Stanford Invitational. On the men’s side, long jumper Jharyl Bowry, coming off his second-straight Big 12 Championship in the indoor long jump, is expected to compete in his respective event for the first time all season. Christopher Campbell, who registered scoring performances at the Big 12 Indoor meet in both the 600 yard run and 4x400, is also expected to compete in his first sprints action this outdoor season.

For the women, Tia' Gamble will make her overall outdoor season. Gamble, along with Sonia Gaskin and Jordan Matthews, who are also expected to compete this weekend, formed quite the formidable sophomore trio in the sprints/mid-distance runs this past indoor season for the Wildcats. Each athlete registered at least one or more scoring performances at the Big 12 Indoors.

Rounding out the notable weekend competitors is former Wildcat great Beverly Ramos, who will be competing alongside Schiller, Donnelly and Wedekind in San Francisco. Along with being an All-American at K-State in both cross country and track and field, Ramos competed in the London Olympics in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.  

• At the Sam Adams Multi, several Wildcats will get their first taste of multi-event competition, including Erica Twiss, Merryl Mbeng, Sarah Kolmer and Reinis Kregers. All four of those athletes will look to build upon impressive finishes to the indoor season.

For Mbeng, this will be her first time competing since she finished second at the Big 12 Indoor Championships, while Kolmer has only competed in the outdoor season-opening TCU Invitational so far. Twiss, meanwhile, is coming off a personal best performance in the 100 meter hurdles at the ESU Spring Open and closed out last outdoor season’s heptathlon action with a third-place finish at the Big 12s.

On the men’s side, Kregers, who excelled in outdoor competition his freshman year, was the runner-up at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships last season, as well as an honorable mention for All-American honors in the decathlon. The sophomore from Vecumnieki, Latvia, has already set a personal best this season in the discus throw at the TCU Invitational.  

What’s Next?

• The Wildcats will compete as one group for the first time all outdoor season at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz. Last season’s Shootout saw K-State excel as both the men’s and women’s teams finished in the top-3 of the team scored meet. K-State is expected to compete in Tucson next Saturday, April 12.