Wildcats Head to California, Wichita Meets

Martina Tresch

April 13, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State Wildcats will sends athletes to two separate meets again this week with a pair of distance runners in action at one of the top meets of the weekend while a large group heads south to the K.T. Woodman Classic hosted by Wichita State.

Distance runners Martina Tresch and Sydney Messick head to the Mt. SAC Relays to run in very competitive fields Thursday night from Walnut, Calif. Tresch will run in the women’s 3,000 meters steeplechase invitational elite race taking on some of the top runners not only in the NCAA but the nation. Tresch is currently ranked 28th this season in the NCAA in the steeplechase, the field will include BYU’s Katy Andrews ranked 29th and SMU’s Klara Bodinson ranked fifth. Marie Lawrence from Washington also is competing and finished eighth at last year’s NCAA Championship. Also is the field will be former Baylor star and three-time All-American Erin Bedell. The field of 18 runners in the elite race will also feature a number of professionals. Messick also is in an elite race competing in the 10,000 meters Olympic Development Elite race. The field is loaded with 30 talented runners.

Tresch also is slated to run in the 1,500 open event on Friday. Also competing is former Wildcat and current volunteer assistant coach Beverly Ramos. Ramos will be running in the Women’s 5000m Invitational Elite competition on Friday evening. The field in that race is full of elite runners with only seven collegiate athletes in the field of 32 competitors. Former K-Stater Amy Mortimer also is in the field. Both Ramos and Mortimer earned multiple All-America honors during their careers on the K-State track and field team.

In Wichita, the Wildcats will take more than 50 athletes to compete in the Woodman Classic over two days of action. Friday night will feature the javelin and some of the distance running events before Saturday full lineup of events. K-State looks to follow up its 10 victories at the Emporia State Relays last week with more impressive performances this weekend at Cessna Stadium.

Live video of the Mt. SAC Relays will be webcast on the meet’s website mtsacrelays.com for fans wanting to watch the action online. Live results of the K.T. Woodman Classic will be at halfmiletiming.com.

Wildcats Impress at Texas Relays
Sophomore high jumper Erik Kynard again posted the top jump in the NCAA this season while winning the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Kynard tied his own leading mark of 7-05.75 while defeating the field that included Arizona’s Edgar Rivera-Morales and Nick Ross, who rank second and seventh in the NCAA this outdoor season, respectively. Mississippi State’s James Harris also ranks second and was in the field but failed to clear his opening height of 6-10.75. The entire field was ranked 12th or higher on the NCAA list.

TiAra Walpool also came up with a big jump when she needed it in the women’s triple jump to get the win. Walpool stood in sixth place through her first four jumps and then sailed 42-01.25 on her final attempt to climb all the way to first place and get the win.

Also performing strong at the Texas Relays was heptathlete Ryann Krais as she battled with West Virginia’s Chelsea Carrier as the two front runners for the title. Krais finished second in a tightly contested two days of action as she set a new personal record for the second straight time in a heptathlon under Coach Cliff Rovelto’s tutelage.

Krais posted PRs in two of the seven individual events shattering her best time in the 800 meters to close out the competition strong. Two of her marks were the fastest ever in a heptathlon at K-State, and her final score of 5,848 points rank second in school history as well. She currently ranks No. 2 in the NCAA this season also.

K-State Tallies 10 Wins in Emporia
The Wildcats had a strong showing at the Emporia State Relays coming home with 10 titles. K-State shined in the mid-distance events as Boglarka Bozzay, Meghan Heuer and Laura Lee Baird finished 1-2-3 in the 800 meters. Sara Stoakes went on to win the 1,500m, and Same James won the men’s 800m. Freshman Erica Twiss won the women’s 100m hurdles. Franciso Colomar won the men’s 400m hurdles with his time of 52.96.

In the field events, Kim Haberman won the long jump with Cenarda Jackson finishing close behind in second. Isaac Mallory won the men’s pole vault improving his personal record.

The throwing events were again a big area for K-State as Jessica Carter won the Friday night hammer throw and Ali Pistora finished a close second with a new personal record. Pistora also won the javelin with a new PR to move into third in school history and seventh in the NCAA this season. For the men, Levi Kindel won the Friday night hammer throw, and Cory Boulanger finished second in the javelin with his best throw of the season.

K-State Men Still Ranked in Outdoor
The Kansas State men were ranked in the latest USTFCCCA Rankings coming in this week at No. 24 after debuting in the outdoor preseason rankings at No. 19. This week the Wildcats drop five spots after holding steady for one week following the preseason rankings. The Wildcats have seven of the nation’s elite athletes in their respective events. The rankings place student-athletes according to their best marks from last season and the early portion of this season awarding points for those performances to come up with the rankings formula.

High jumper Erik Kynard is No. 1 in his event with his jump of 7-05.75 to open outdoor season and two more Wildcats are in the Top 10 in their events. Mantas Silkauskas is ranked fourth in the decathlon. Hurdler Jeffrey Julmis is seventh in the 110 meter hurdles.

Moritz Cleve is now 17th in the decathlon. Transfer Tomaz Bogovic is 27th in the men’s hammer throw after his strong numbers while at Arizona the last two seasons and through his first three performances in purple. Martynas Jurgilas (100m) and Michael Healey (high jump) round out the Wildcats contributing to the ranking for the men. Silkauskas also is ranked in the 110 hurdles this week.

K-State’s women climbed six spots this week to No. 33 with six athletes ranked in a total of seven events. After Ryann Krais posted the second-best heptathlon in school history at the Texas Relays, she is fourth on the rankings and second counting this season only. Martina Tresch stands ninth in the women’s steeplechase, and TiAra Walpool is 12th in the triple jump. After improving her PR in the javelin last week, Ali Pistora is now 14th and Nina Kokot is ranked 15th in the long jump. Krais is also ranked in the 400 meter hurdles. Sara Stoakes completes the list of Wildcat women ranked in their events and receiving points for the ranking formula in the 800 meters.

The Big 12 is again one of the top conferences with eight men’s teams ranked in the Top 25 and seven on the women’s side. Texas A&M (2), Texas Tech (3), Texas (9) and Nebraska (10) give the men four teams in the Top 10. Kansas (14) dropped two spots this week, and the big mover was Baylor climbing from No. 31 to No. 19. Oklahoma (17) held steady to round out the list.

Texas A&M was the preseason favorite on the women’s side and is holding steady at No. 1 with Texas (6) Oklahoma (7) also in the Top 10. Baylor (12), Texas Tech (14) Colorado (17) and Kansas(25) complete the Big 12 schools on the list.