Wildcats Head to Lubbock for Big 12s

May 15, 2014

Meet Central | Live ResultsK-State AthleticsMANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field heads to Lubbock, Texas, this week for the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Held at the Fuller Track and Field Complex, the conference meet runs from Friday, May 16, to Sunday, May 18.

Head coach Cliff Rovelto said he expects competition this weekend to be tight.

“It will be tough to compete against the top three schools in the conference,” Rovelto said. “But the difference between fourth and eighth in this meet is probably going to be around 10 points. So two relays, two or three places, that’s the difference right there.”

For Rovelto, the women’s team, in particular, has exceeded expectations.

“All in all, the women have had a pretty good year,” Rovelto said. “We have had a lot of good performances by a lot of people, collectively, and we’ve probably done better than I thought we would, so that’s been good. Going into the conference meet we got a chance of placing reasonably well.”

On the men’s side, Rovelto said their biggest issue has been remaining healthy.

“It’s been a struggle because we’ve had a lot of injuries and we just don’t have a lot room for error,” Rovelto said. “So unfortunately those injuries have had a big impact. But everybody faces those things. We just have to do what we can do.

“What I think is good though, is there are a lot of people on both sides that can move forward onto the first round of the nationals and eventually to the NCAA final.”

Action tomorrow starts at 11 a.m., with the women’s hammer throw and men’s decathlon 100 meter. Live results can be found at the meet central page provided by Texas Tech at www.texastech.com, or by visiting K-State Track and Field’s schedule page and clicking on the meet’s respective tab. Up-to-the-minute results will also be available on the @kstate_gameday Twitter account under #KStateTF. For more information on the meet including heat sheets and the full event schedule, visit www.k-statesports.com.  

#KStateTF Quick Hits

• The K-State women jumped eight spots in the latest USTFCCCA Division I rankings to crack the national top-25 for the first time this year. Slotted at No. 21, it is the first time since 2012 that a Wildcat women squad’s has ranked within the outdoor top-25 (5/8/12 – No. 25). In the Midwest Region rankings, the women’s spot remains unchanged at No. 3.

On the men’s side, the Wildcats dropped seven spots to No. 117 in Division I and remained at No. 7 in the Midwest.

• Last season’s Big 12 Championships saw the K-State men finish fourth and the women finish seventh. The men’s final tally of 96 points was the most-ever by a Wildcat squad, as Erik Kynard in the high jump and Kyle Wait in the pole vault nabbed individual Big 12 titles. Sara Savatovic and Martina Tresch highlighted the women’s squad, winning conference titles in the hammer throw and 3000 meter steeplechase. Tresch’s steeplechase title was the first in program history, while Savatovic became the first Wildcat to win in the hammer throw since Loren Groves did so in 2012.

•    This will be the first time K-State has competed in Lubbock since 2009 for the Big 12 Outdoor Championships. The Wildcat men and women finished 6th and 9th, respectively, that year with Moritz Cleve in the decathlon being the lone Big 12 Champion for K-State. The men’s squad enter this weekend having finished 4th the past two seasons and have a streak of three-straight conference meets with at least one Big 12 Champion. The K-State women will look finish in the top-five for the first time since 2008 and continue a streak of four-straight meets with at least one conference champion.

• Senior Erica Twiss was named Big 12 Athlete of the Week for her personal best performance at the Wildcat Open. Competing in the long jump, the Carrollton, Texas, native finished first with a leap of 6.37m/20-10.75. It was the second time Twiss has set a PR in the event this season, as she moved to No. 3 all-time in K-State history. For the full release on Twiss’ first career weekly accolade, click here.

• 11 K-State student-athletes were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team, announced earlier this week by the conference office. All 11 honored maintained a grade point average of 3.20 or higher to earn first team honors with Sarah Kolmer being one of only six athletes, out of 189 total, to be nominated with a 4.00 GPA. The full release can be found here.

• With the NCAA Regionals looming at the end of the month, the Wildcats currently have 22 total athletes ranking within the qualifying top-48 in their respective events. The women’s squad leads K-State with 12 athletes, including Alyx Treasure, Joslyn Barnes, Erica Twiss, Sara Savatovic and Danie Plank, who all rank within the West Region top-10. The K-State men’s 10 athletes are highlighted by Carlos Rodriguez, who has top-25 marks in the 100 meter, 200 meter and 400 meter.

Who to Watch for – Men

The K-State men enter this weekend’s meet with 8 of their 13 scorers from last season’s outdoor championships returning. This includes Carlos Rodriguez, who was the team’s leading scorer last year, finishing with points in the 100 meter dash, 200m, as well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Joining Rodriguez will be a strong throws group in Ivan Hartung, Ryan Hershberger and Alex Roe. Hartung was last year’s runner-up in the javelin, while both Roe and Hershberger rank in the conference top-five of the hammer throw and shot put, respectively.

Also worth keeping an eye on will be the combined events duo of Reinis Kregers and Devin Dick, who have the second and third-best conference decathlon marks, respectively. Kregers, in particular, was the runner-up in last season’s outdoor conference championships and has set PRs in five different events this season.

Lastly, Kyle Wait will be competing in the final conference championship of his K-State career. The senior pole vaulter enters the meet as the reigning back-to-back champion in the event and is currently third in the conference.

Who to Watch for – Women

On the women’s side, Sara Savatovic and Alyx Treasure headline a deep Wildcat women’s squad. Savatovic enters the meet as the reigning Big 12 champion and the top-seed in hammer throw, while Treasure’s career best mark of 1.85m/6-00.75 has her first in the Big 12.

Along with Savatovic, the Wildcats boast a strong supporting cast in Danie Plank and Dani Winters for the throws events. Plank’s season-best mark of 51.00m/167-04 is fourth in the Big 12, as well as fourth-best in school history. Winters, meanwhile, has set PRs in both the shot put and discus throw and will look to score in multiple events for the second straight conference meet – she registered scoring performances in both the shot put and weight throw at Big 12 Indoors.

The women also boast a solid combined events group in Joslyn Barnes, Sarah Kolmer and Merryl Mbeng. Along with holding the second-best conference mark in the high jump at 1.81m/5-11.25, Barnes has also set PRs in the javelin and heptathlon. For Mbeng and Kolmer, both athletes have set multiple PRs this season and will look to build off last season’s conference meet that saw them finish fourth and seventh, respectively.

Lastly, Erica Twiss is a threat to score in multiple events this weekend. She enters the meet with top-five conference marks in the 100H, 400H and long jump – all PRs – and is also part of a 4x400 squad with Tia' Gamble, Sonia Gaskin and Jordan Matthews that posted the fourth-fastest time in school history at this season’s Mt. SAC Relays.

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 Rodriguez400M46.8049th25th4th
Zack RileyHigh Jump2.15m/7-00.5032nd18th4th
Kyle WaitPole Vault5.35m/17-06.5024th15th3rd
Jharyl BowryLong Jump7.56m/24-09.7544th24th2nd
Ryan Hershberger18.86m/61-10.5018.86m/61-10.5029th12th4th
Reinis KregersDecathlon730418th10th2nd
Devin DickDecathlon713827th14th3rd

Women

AthleteEventMarkDivision IDI WestBig 12
Sonia Gaskin400M52.8124th15th7th
Erica Twiss100H13.3730th13th5th
400H58.2824th12th3rd
Martina Tresch3000 Steeplechase10:16.0826th14th2nd
Alyx TreasureHigh Jump1.85m/6-00.755th1st1st
Joslyn BarnesHigh Jump1.81m/5-11.2515th4th2nd
Erica TwissLong Jump6.37m/20-10.759th3rd2nd
Dani WintersShot Put15.90m/52-02.0042nd20th5th
Sara SavatovicHammer Throw65.19m/213-106th2nd1st
Danie PlankJavelin51.00m/167-0415th7th4th
Erica TwissHeptathlon534031st17th3rd

What’s Next?

The Wildcats have a week off before heading to the NCAA West Regional Preliminary Rounds in Fayetteville, Arkansas, set to run from May 29-31.