K-State Track Splits Squad for Full Week of Action

TiAra Walpool

April 5, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State Wildcats have a busy week on the track and in the field this week as a group heads south to the prestigious Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin and another bunch will compete at the Emporia State Relays on Saturday.

The 84th Texas Relays get underway on Wednesday with the combined events competitions as junior Ryann Krais will participate in the women’s heptathlon. She will be the only Wildcat in action at the Texas Relays the first two days of the meet until the rest take to the track for preliminaries on Friday.

The trio of Jason Coniglio, Martynas Jurgilas and J.J. Marshall will all run in the men’s 100 meters dash while school record holder Jeffrey Julmis will run in the 110 meter hurdles along with Mantas Silkauskas. The group will also run in the 4x100 relays. Denise Baker will run the women’s 100 meter hurdles to complete the runners in action for K-State.

High jump Erik Kynard will take on a strong field that will include four other jumpers who finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Indoor Championship last month. Long jumper Nina Kokot will be in action with seven other participants at the NCAA indoor meet. TiAra Walpool rounds out the K-State competitors in the women’s triple jump Section B.

Live results will be available at texassports.com for fans wanting to follow the action from home. Check K-State’s gameday Twitter for feed updates from both meets as well by following @kstate_gameday.

K-State will send a larger group to the Emporia State Relays set for action beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Wildcats will have athletes participating in almost every event on Saturday with the distance runners returning to action for the first time since the Arizona State Invitational two weeks ago.

Wildcats Throw Away Competition
Kansas State sent a small group of throwers to the Emporia State Spring Open and came away with two wins and all the Wildcats competing finished in the top five. Chelsie Bonds led the way for the women’s contingency in the hammer throw winning with her toss of 159-02. Ammina AgBoga finished just behind her in second, and Amanda Boor and Jenna Yoder claimed fourth and fifth, respectively.

Ryan Hershberger posted a new personal record while winning the men’s shot put at 53-07.50 to post K-State’s other win. He also finished third in the discus while Alex Roe came in second. In the men’s hammer throw Levi Kindel finished second with Roe in third.

Bogovic Breaks School Record
Wildcat thrower Tomaz Bogovic did not take long to make an impact for the K-State track and field team after transferring from Arizona. The native of Slovenia broke the K-State school record in the hammer throw in his second outdoor competition in purple. Bogovic became the first Wildcat to break the 200-foot mark in the hammer throw with his launch of 200-10 while finishing fourth at the Arizona State Invitational. He surpassed Ryan Creadick’s mark of 199-09 set at the Big 12 Championship in 2004.

K-State Tallies Two Wins
In addition to Tomaz Bogovic breaking the school record in the men’s hammer throw at the Arizona State Invitational, the Wildcats showed improvement across the board with two wins and more than a dozen personal records during the meet. Ali Pistora came up with a win in the women’s javelin with her toss of 162-02 improving her personal best and moving into fifth in school history. Pistora also added more than five feet to her personal best in the women’s hammer throw the previous day.

Nina Kokot posted K-State’s other win at the ASU Invitational leaping 20-03.75 in the women’s long jump winning by more than five inches in the competition.

The Wildcats also saw an impressive run from junior UCLA transfer Ryann Krais as she finished second in the women’s 400 meter hurdles. Krais crossed the finish line in 57.70 seconds to rank second in school history as well. Krais also finished fifth in the 100 meter hurdles.