'Cats Run Strong at Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Kansas State Wildcats continued to perform well at the 101st Drake Relays on Friday following a record-breaking run by Beverly Ramos on Thursday. Freshman Sara Stoakes shined in the women's 800 meters and a trio of men advanced to finals in their events.

Stoakes ran to another personal record in the 800M crossing the finish line in 2:06.15. The time also ranks fourth in school history. Stoakes led through the first 400 meters of the race and was passed on the second lap. She turned it on and blew by the field in the final 150 meters and ran the final 200 in 31.36 seconds.

K-State again showed it could be a force at the Big 12 Championship in the men's 110 meter hurdles. The pair of Jeffrey Julmis and Balazs Baji again advanced to the final in the event. Julmis clocked in at 14.04 seconds for the second-fastest time in prelims. Baji ran the prelims in 14.11 seconds to advance to Saturday's final as well. Junior Moritz Cleve was one spot away from advancing as well as the decathlete competed with the ninth fastest time on the day at 14.53.

In addition to the 110 hurdles final on Saturday the trio of Julmis, Baji and Cleve will be joined by decathlete Mantas Silkauskas in an event rarely seen in track and field the 110 meter shuttle hurdle. Each Wildcat will run the race with their times being combined for a team time similar to a relay without passing a baton.

Silkauskas also ran in the 100 meters clocking in at 11.13 seconds, but it was newcomer Martynas Jurgilas who advanced for K-State in the event finishing in 10.60 seconds. It was the fifth-fastest time in the prelims.

The women's ran a distance medley relay for the second consecutive week and finished eighth with a time of 11:40.95. The tandem of Boglarka Bozzay, Lekesha Pointer-Allen, Laura Lee Baird and Emily Dittemore now rank fifth in school history in the event.

Drake Relays are home to a number of rare relay events beyond the shuttle hurdle. K-State participated in both the men's and women's 4x800 relays. The men's team of Sam James, Jacob Davies, Jack Sachse and Armando Del Valle finished sixth while Pointer-Allen, Baird, Emilee Morris and Dittemore joined forces to finish 10th.

A pair of Wildcats also was in action on the field with freshman Deszo Szabo finishing sixth in the men's pole vault and Tomas Kirielius claiming ninth in the javelin. Denise Baker also finished 14th in the women's 100 meter hurdles just missing out on the finals.

K-State will be back in action Saturday for the final day of competition at the Drake Relays from Drake Stadium. In addition to finals, the Wildcats will compete in more rare relays including a men's sprint medley and distance medley along with a women's 4x1600. Sachse will run in the men's 800 along with Del Valle in the 1500M and Erik Kynard, Jr. in the high jump.

K-State Results
14: Denise Baker, 14.27 (-1.9)

Jeffrey Julmis, 14.04 (-2.2) advance
Balazs Baji, 14.11 (-2.2) advance
9: Moritz Cleve, 14.53 (-2.2)

Martynas Jurgilas, 10.60 (1.7) advance
23. Mantas Silkauskas, 11.13 (1.7)

1: Sara Stoakes, 2:06.15 PR, 4th school history

Women's DMR
8: 11.40.95, 5th school history
(Bozzay, Pointer-Allen, Baird, Dittemore)

6: 7:20.24
(James, Davies, Sachse, Del Valle)

10: 9:04.04
(Pointer-Allen, Baird, Morris, Dittemore)

9. Tomas Kirielius, 191-00

Pole Vault
6: Deszo Szabo, 16-04.75


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