Kansas Relays Next on Slate for K-State

Ryann Krais

April 19, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State Wildcats are set to compete in one of the longest running track and field meets in the region as they head down I-70 to take part in the 84th Kansas Relays hosted by the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium. The Wildcats are bringing more than 40 athletes to participate in events that will feature rival athletes from KU, Nebraska and Iowa State among other schools.

Two freshman will start action early for the Wildcats with Erica Twiss and Julia Zeiner competing in their first heptathlons in Purple. The heptathlon and decathlon will be the only events on Wednesday other than the special invitational shot put the will feature some of the top ranked athletes in the world. The shot put invitational will be one of two events contested in Downtown Lawrence this year adding more excitement to the event. The invitational long jump will be contested in Downtown as well on Thursday.

Thursday will bring the conclusion of the heptathlon and decathlon along with the men’s and women’s hammer throw competitions as well as a full slate of distance events. Friday will feature preliminaries in running events and some finals of the boy’s and girl’s distance and relay races. Eight of the collegiate field events will also be held on Friday. The excitement comes to a close on Saturday with the running event finals and the remaining field events.

In addition to the youth and collegiate competition, the Kansas Relays brings in some of the nation’s top professional talent to compete in some invitational events. Olympic silver medalist Lauryn Williams will be one of the elite athletes runninging in the women’s 100 meter invitational. All eight of the men scheduled to compete in the shotput are ranked No. 22 or higher in the world with five of them in the top 10.

Tickets are available for just $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Children under the age of five get in free. A family pack is available for $20 that includes two adult and two child tickets. Fans unable to attend the 84th Kansas Relays can follow the action online with live results provided by deltatiming.com. Updates can also be found by following the official K-State gameday Twitter feed @kstate_gameday.

Wildcats Cut Competition at Woodman Classic
The K-State track and field team dominated the K.T. Woodman Classic hosted by Wichita State this season with 11 wins and 18 new personal records. The women’s squad swept the relay events winning both the 4x100 and 4x400. They also won both the 100 meter hurdles and 400 hurdles. Denise Baker won the 100 hurdles with Ryann Krais finishing close behind in second. Krais went on to dominate the 400 hurdles. The pair would team up with Cenarda Jackson and Erica Twiss to win the shuttle hurdles by nearly five seconds in the exciting and rarely seen event.

The men also were tops in the hurdles with Jeffrey Julmis and Mantas Silkauskas finishing 1-2. Franciso Colomar and Luke Hibbeler would keep the trend going finishing first and second in the 400 hurdles.

K-State’s success went far beyond the hurdles and relays. Martynas Jurgilas won both the men’s 100 and 200 meters. His time in the 200 meters placed him second in school history as well. Boglarka Bozzay won the women’s 800 meters with an impressive time of 2:07.35 for a new personal best and to rank seventh in school history. Sara Stoakes was right behind her in second. In sticking with the many successes of K-State’s mid-distance runners this season, Meghan Heuer won the women’s 1,500 meters with a new PR, too.

Tresch, Messick Shine at Mt. SAC Relays
K-State distance runners Martina Tresch and Sydney Messick both ran in highly anticipated, special invitational events at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays with each performing well for the Wildcats. Tresch finished ninth in the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase Invitational Elite race. She was the third collegiate athlete to cross the line as more than half of the 14 runners in the race were professionals. Tresch crossed the line in 10:14.96 cutting more than 16 seconds off her time earlier this season. The time moves her to seventh on the NCAA list this season as well.

Messick competed in the 10,000 Meter Olympic Development Elite race finishing sixth and crossing the line with a new personal best time of 34:56.10. Messick shaved more than 35 seconds off her previous best time and moves herself into eighth in school history.

Tresch also ran in the 1,500 meters with more than 125 athletes in the field. She finished 11th with a new personal best time of 4:24.48.