Wildcats Set for Action in Wichita, on Border

Ryann Krais

April 12, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – It will be another week with Wildcats spread across the nation for the Kansas State track and field team with two meets on the schedule midway through the season before championship meets begin. The Wildcats are sending a mixed group of sprinters, distance runners and throwers to Wichita for the final two days of the K.T. Woodman Classic. Another group of sprinters along with some of K-State’s combined events athletes and jumpers will be heading to Texas for the UTEP Invitational on Saturday.

Friday will be a light day for K-State in Wichita with a limited collegiate schedule. Only four Wildcats will be in action Friday night in distance events. Then, on Saturday a full slate is set for the last day of the meet, and K-State will compete in most of the events.

Wichita State will be providing a live webstream of the meet at goshockers.com along with live results. The meet will feature athletes from across the region from the NCAA Division I and II levels as well as junior college. Action starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with the hammer throw and concludes with the 4x400 relays at 4:45 p.m. Friday night’s distance events start at 7 p.m. and the javelin begins at 6 p.m. from Cessna Stadium.

On the border in El Paso, K-State will take on more strong competition at Kidd Field for the UTEP Invitational. Five Wildcats from K-State’s women’s multi program will be in El Paso to compete in a series of events and relays to prepare for the heptathlon, and the teams’ top sprinters will look to improve their times in the 100 meters, 200 meters and hurdle events. The relay teams will also be in action in El Paso looking to cut into their top times this season with only four weeks until K-State hosts the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May.

Action starts in El Paso at 10 a.m. MDT and concludes with the 4x400 at 6:40 p.m. for a full day of action at Kidd Field.

Relays Improve Times in Desert  
K-State’s relay teams ran strong at the Sun Angel Track Classic with both men’s and women’s 4x100 squads taking second. Samantha McKnight, Richelle Farley, TiAra Walpool and Erica Twiss teamed up to run 45.91 seconds, the fastest relay of the season for the women. On the men’s side, Mantas Silkauskas, Carlos Rodriguez, Grant Loescher and Martynas Jurgilas also ran the fastest relay of the outdoor season at 39.86. The men’s time also ranks fourth in school history.

The fast times continued to come in as freshman Sarah Kolmer won her first 400 meters in her career at K-State as she crossed the line in 54.94 seconds. The Wildcats also posted a pair of third-place finishes in the hurdles with Farley finishing in 13.85 seconds and Mantas Silkauskas crossing in 14.05 in the men’s 110 meter hurdles. Later in the day, senior Ryann Krais also took third in the women’s 400 meter hurdles. She finished in 58.23 seconds in her first 400 hurdles of the season.

Wildcats who ran the relay also performed well in their open event with McKnight running 11.96 seconds for a new PR as she cracked the 12-second mark for the first time and finished fourth. Loescher also ran a PR for the men finishing seventh in 10.94 seconds. Farley finished second in the women’s 200 meters as well.

The lone field event K-State competed in at the Sun Angel Classic was one of the highlights for the Wildcats as well. Sophomore Kyle Wait finished third in the pole vault getting over the bar at 17-01.00 (5.21 meters). He becomes only the second Wildcat to clear 17 feet as he trails only Doug Lytle’s mark of 18-08.75 at the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials.

K-State’s distance runners went to Arizona State this weekend and ran well with two cracking the school’s top 10 list. Fernando Ramon finished third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with his time of 9:09.69. Ramon now ranks eighth in school history. Jacob Davies took on some of the nation’s best in the 800 meters competing in a premier heat and finished eighth. Davies posted a new PR with his time of 1:50.22. Senior Boglarka Bozzay also ran in a premier heat in the women’s 1,500 and improved on her PR from two weeks ago. Bozzay finished fifth in 4:20.28 to rank seventh in school history. In the open 800, Logan Smith finished second for the men.
Throwers Thrive at ESU Relays
K-State tallied two wins and four runner-up finishes in throwing events at the ESU Relays highlighted by two Wildcats. Jacquelyne Leffler and Ryan Hershberger both claimed one win and runner-up at the meet. Leffler claimed the women’s discus with her throw of 146-08 (44.71m) and took second in the hammer throw at 178-06 (54.42m). Hershberger was the top performer in the men’s discus at 164-02 (16.95m) and took second in the shot put at 55-07.50 (16.95m).

Tomaz Bogovic finished second in the hammer throw at 196-02 (59.79m), and in the javelin, K-State saw Cory Boulanger throw deep again. Boulanger finished second with his toss of 206-09. Hartung took fourth at 196-07.

High winds made for fast times on the track with senior Kim Haberman making the biggest impact for K-State. Haberman ran 11.94 seconds to take fourth as she ran under 12 seconds for her first time. She then won the long jump with an impressive leap of 20-05.25 (6.23m). The jump would have ranked seventh in school history but due to the high winds was not eligible.

Wildcats Move to No. 15 in USTFCCCA Top 25
The Kansas State women continue to make an impact on the national scene and remain among the top teams. This week the Wildcats dropped two spots in the latest USTFCCCA Rankings down to No. 17. They join seven other Big 12 Conference teams in the Top 25.

The Wildcat women opened the outdoor season at No. 19 on the preseason list with senior Ryann Krais ranked among the notion’s best in four different events. Last week, K-State climbed four spots to No. 15 and now stand at No. 17 midway through the season. K-State has athletes ranked in the top 10 in five events.

Senior Boglarka Bozzay is still among the best in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters, and Martina Tresch is in the top 10 in the steeplechase. The Wildcats have depth in the jumping events with fifth-year senior TiAra Walpool ranked No. 7, freshman high jumper No. 8 and senior Kim Haberman No. 28 in the long jump. Another strength is the multi program, with Mairead Murphy and Julia Zeiner joining Krais on the heptathlon list.

The men’s team jumped two spots to No. 34 this week. Erik Kynard dropped to No. 2 in the high jump after a big jump from Ricky Robertson of Ole Miss last week. Mantas Silkauskas is ranked in the decathlon and 110 hurdles. Sprinter Martynas Jurgilas is ranked in the 100 as well as the men’s 4x100 relay. Decathlete Tomas Kirielius is among the best in the javelin, and Tomaz Bogovic is ranked in the hammer throw. Sophomore Kyle Wait cracks the list this week after becoming the second Wildcat to clear 17 feet in the pole vault.

The USTFCCCA Rankings use marks from this season as well as marks from 2011 that are better than any marks from the current season to determine the rankings with a point system basked on ranking and mark within each event. Next week’s rankings will continue to use data from last season, at which point marks from only this season will be used to create a more accurate assessment of the top teams in the NCAA this year.

Big 12 Among Top Conferences in Nation
The Big 12 Conference is known across the country as one of the top leagues in the nation with its exposure in football and basketball, but track and field is yet another sport the Big 12 can hang with the best. In this week’s USTFCCCA Rankings six men’s teams and eight women’s teams are ranked in the Top 25. Three of those men’s teams are in the Top 10 while the women boast an impressive five of the Top 11. Seven of the women’s teams that are ranked are No. 18 or higher with Iowa State debuting this week at No. 25.

Two schools (Texas, Texas A&M) have both their men’s and women’s programs in the Top 10. Texas Tech is nearly among that list with the men at No. 8 and women dropping to No. 11. Baylor, Kansas and Oklahoma join those schools with having both teams in the Top 25. A number of Big 12 programs are knocking on the door to the Top 25 as well. With the strength of its men’s distance program, Oklahoma State is on the verge at No. 27.

Only the SEC (7) has more men’s teams in the Top 25 than the Big 12 does. Four of those teams are in the Top 10 with the Pac-12, ACC and Big Ten each with one to complete the Top 10. No other conference has more teams in the Top 25 than the Big 12 women. The SEC is next with six while the Pac-12 has five.

Taking every team in the Big 12 into account as the USFTCCCA ranks every team, the Big 12 men’s average ranking is 27.1. The Big 12 women combine to average 23.1. Of the other power conferences in track and field, the Pac-12 is closest to the Big 12 with a men’s average ranking of 28.0 and a women’s ranking of 46.0.