Wildcats Advance Three at West Regional

AUSTIN, Texas - Kansas State track and field kicked off its weekend at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field West Regional on Thursday with three student-athletes reaching the quarterfinals of their respective events.

Freshman Sara Stoakes, in her first NCAA Regional meet, advanced to Friday's quarterfinals in the women's 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.16. The reigning Big 12 Outdoor champion in the event tallied her fourth fastest time of her young career and finished 11th overall and second in the sixth heat.

The native of Traer, Iowa, will now race on Friday with an opportunity to advance to her first career NCAA Outdoor Championship. In order to advance to Eugene, she will need to finish in the top three of her heat or record one of the next three fastest times.

Junior Jack Sachse registered his second-fastest 800-meter run this season with a time of 1:49.76 to qualify for Friday's quarterfinal. Sachse finished 17th overall and third in the fifth heat. His season-high came at the Big 12 Championships with a time of 1:49.66, where he tallied a fourth-place finish.

The Ottawa, Kan., native will race on Friday with a trip to the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships on the line. The top three finishers from each quarterfinal heat, plus the next three fastest times will advance to Eugene, Ore.

Junior Jason Coniglio clocked a personal career-best time of 10.51 in the 100-meter dash during the preliminaries to finish 21st overall and sixth in the first heat. Coniglio's previous season-best was a wind-aided 10.55 during the Ward Haylett Invitational on May 1.

The product of Rockford, Ill., has now advanced to the quarterfinals of the 100-meter dash.. The top three finishers from each heat of the quarterfinals, plus the next three fastest times will advance to Eugene, Ore.

Kansas State will continue action at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field West Regional on Friday, with a majority of the travel party competing.

2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field West Regional
Day One Kansas State Results
Austin, Texas - Mike A. Myers Stadium

Men's 100-meter Dash - Preliminaries
Jason Coniglio, 10.51 (21st- qualified for Friday's quarterfinals)

Men's 800-meter Run - Preliminaries
Jack Sachse, 1:49.76 (17th - qualified for Friday's quarterfinals)
Armando Del Valle, 1:50.41 (33rd)

Women's 800-meter Run - Preliminaries
Sara Stoakes, 2:08.16 (11th - qualified for Friday's quarterfinals)

Men's Javelin - Preliminaries
Cory Boulanger, 213-01 (15th - reached quarterfinals)
Tomas Kirielius, 212-01 (16th - reached quarterfinals)

Women's Javelin - Preliminaries
Ali Pistora, 155-01 (13th - reached quarterfinals)