Wildcats Split for Mt. SAC and Kansas Relays

April 16, 2014

Kansas Relays: Meet Central | Schedule | Heat Sheets

Mt. SAC Relays: Meet CentralK-State AthleticsMANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field splits into two groups this weekend for the 56th annual Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., and 87th installment of the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan. The bulk of the Wildcats will travel to California, while a smaller group will head to Lawrence, with both groups starting competition on Thursday, April 17, and concluding on Saturday, April 19.

Live results will be available for both meets. Branch Timing will provide results for the Kansas Relays and can be found by either visiting www.branchsportstech.com or the K-State Track and Field schedule page and clicking on the meet’s respective tab. ESPN3 will also air Saturday’s competition beginning at 1:30 p.m., CT.

For the Mt. SAC Relays, live results can be found on the K-State Track and Field schedule page or by visiting the meet’s homepage, www.mtsacrelays.com. A live feed of all the action in Walnut will be provided by FloTrack. Up-to-the-minute updates will also be available via twitter @kstate_gameday. For more information, visit www.kstatesports.com.

#KStateTF Quick Hits

• Both the men’s and women’s squads saw marked improvement in the USTFCCCA’s Week #2 Division I Outdoor rankings this past week. For the men, they moved up two spots to No. 42, remaining in the top-50 for a now third-straight week – including preseason rankings. On the women’s side, they jumped an impressive nine sports to No. 28 in Division I. A part of eight total Big 12 teams in the top-50, only Texas (No. 3), Kansas (No. 11), Texas Tech (No. 16) and Baylor (No. 19) rank ahead of the K-State women.

In the regional rankings, both the men’s and women’s teams moved up seven spots in their respective rankings. The women climbed all the way to No. 2 in the Midwest, behind only Kansas, while the men moved from No. 13 to No. 6, leapfrogging No. 7 Oklahoma State in the process.

• On the Division I performance lists, the Wildcats continue to get strong representation from both teams in the top-50. Carlos Rodriguez highlights the men’s squad, with top-50 marks in both the 100 meter and 200 meter, while Alyx Treasure in the high jump and Sara Savatovic in the hammer throw both hold top-five spots for the women. Of the eight men’s athletes in the DI top-50, seven of those athletes also rank within the West Region top-25 in their respective events. The women’s 10 athletes in the top-50 are equally as impressive, with six ranking in the DI top-20 and all 10 ranking in the West Region top-20.

In the Big 12 rankings, the men have seven athletes with marks in the conference top-five, including both Reinis Kregers in the heptathlon and Jharyl Bowry in the long jump holding the No. 2 spot in their respective events. The women’s team has the top marks in the high jump and weight throw and seven top-three marks. Erica Twiss, in particular, dominates the Big 12 leader board with the No. 5 time in the 100 meter, the No. 4 time in the 100 meter hurdles and second-best mark in the heptathlon.

• Last weekend saw the Wildcats post five top-10 K-State marks, as well as a bevy of personal bests at the Jim Click Shootout. The men finished second, while the women finished fourth, as both squads combined for 20 top-three finishes and eight first-place efforts. Alyx Treasure and Danie Plank highlighted K-State’s effort in the field, as both athletes finished first with personal bests and top-10 marks in the high jump and javelin, respectively. Devin Dick, who made his outdoor season debut, also put in a strong performance with a personal best in the long jump and fourth-place finish in the long jump.

Carlos Rodriguez earned Jim Click Shootout Male Athlete of the Meet for his impressive display that included first-place finishes in the 100 meter and 200 meter, as well as helping the 4x100 squad to its first victory of the season. Lastly, scoring 34 of the women’s 98 total points was Erica Twiss, who placed first in the 100 meter hurdles and long jump, as well was runner-up in the 100 meter and part of the third-place 4x100 relay team. The senior ended the day with top-10 wind-aided marks in both the 100m and 100H.  

• For the second straight week, the K-State men’s team earned Big 12 Athlete of the Week honors. This week’s winner was Carlos Rodriguez for his aforementioned performance at the Jim Click Shootout. Going three-for-three in first-place finishes, the weekly accolade is the first of Rodriguez’s career. He is the first K-State primary track athlete to earn the honor since Boglarka Bozzay, now Davies, was named Athlete of the Week on Feb. 21, 2012. The full release on Rodriguez’s accomplishment can be found by clicking here.

What to Watch for – Kansas Relays

Highlighting the small group heading to Lawrence will be the throws group and men’s pole vaulters. Coming off personal best performances, both Alex Roe in the hammer throw and Dani Winters in the shot put will be in action at Memorial Stadium. Rounding out the throws group will be Kyle Smith also in the hammer throw, Ryan Hershberger in the shot put, as well as Danie Plank and Ivan Hartung in their respective javelin events. Plank, in particular, registered the No. 4 mark in K-State history last weekend in only her second meet ever as a Wildcat.

In the pole vault, Kyle Wait will compete in the event for the third time this season – his current season-best of 5.35m/17-06.50 is No. 16 in Division I. Competing alongside Wait will be Tommy Brady, who has already set a personal outdoor best this season, as well as has the lone K-State victory in the event this season to date.

What to Watch for – Mt. SAC Relays

In Walnut, the Wildcats bring over 30 athletes to compete in the Mt. SAC Relays. On the track, K-State will have several distance runners compete including Martina Tresch, Kyle Hanson, Erika Schiller and Mary Frances Donnelly, while Carlos Rodriguez, Christopher Campbell, Sonia Gaskin and Tia' Gamble headline the sprints/mid-distance groups.

In the field, Alyx Treasure, Zack Riley, Tyris Jefferson, Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye and Alyssa Kelly among others are expected to make up a strong jumps group for the Wildcats. Rounding out a slew of notable performers for K-State are Erica Twiss, Devin Dick, Sarah Kolmer, Joslyn Barnes, Merryl Mbeng and Sarah Kolmer.

Rankings N’at
(Please Note: Only marks in the Top-50 DI, Top-50 DI West and Top-20 Big 12 are displayed according to TFRRS – converted marks are not used)

Men

AthleteEventMarkDivision IDI WestBig 12
Carlos Rodriguez100M10.3843rd16th6th
200M20.8331st13th7th
Zack RileyHigh Jump2.15m/7-00.5022nd12th3rd
Kyle WaitPole Vault5.35m/17-06.5016th12th3rd
Jharyl BowryLong Jump7.56m/24-09.7527th16th2nd
Devin DickLong Jump7.47m/24-06.2542nd24th4th
Ifeanyichukwu OtuonyeLong Jump7.43m/24-04.5047th27th5th
Ryan HershbergerShot Put17.69m/58-00.5050th21st5th
Reinis KregersDecathlon730413th8th2nd

Women

AthleteEventMarkDivision IDI WestBig 12
Erica Twiss100M11.5640th19th5th
Sonia Gaskin800M2:07.3829th14th3rd
Erica Twiss100H13.4431st14th4th
Martina Tresch3000M Steeplechase10:16.0812th6th2nd
4x4003:38.3339th16th5th
Alyx TreasureHigh Jump1.85m/6-00.752nd1st1st
Joslyn BarnesHigh Jump1.81m/5-11.2510th3rd2nd
Dani WintersShot Put15.75m/51-08.2534th18th4th
Sara SavatovicHammer Throw65.19m/213-104th1st1st
Danie PlankJavelin51.00m/167-0414th7th4th
Erica TwissHeptathlon534017th10th2nd
Merryl MbengHeptathlon517026th15th3rd
Joslyn BarnesHeptathlon516127th16th4th
Sarah KolmerHeptathlon508732nd18th5th

What’s Next?

With split-squad action done for the outdoor season, the Wildcats will travel as one group to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Relays on April 24-26. It will be the first time K-State has competed in the relays since April 28, 2012.