K-State Looks for NCAA Berths at West Regionals

May 28, 2014

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State Track and Field competes in Fayetteville, Arkansas, this week at the NCAA West Regional Preliminary Rounds, set to run from May 29-31. The top-48 ranked of each event in the West Region will square off over the three-day meet looking for a top-12 finish and a trip to Eugene, Oregon, for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June.

The Wildcat men and women combine for a total of 30 entries, with the women leading K-State with 16 entries, while the men have 14. The 16 for the women ties them with fellow Big 12 school Iowa State, with only Texas Tech (24), Kansas (23), Baylor (21) and Texas (19) having more entries in the conference. For the men, their 14 entries are tied with Oklahoma State and TCU, with only Texas (27), Texas Tech (27), Kansas (18) and Oklahoma (15) slotting above the Wildcats. The full list, provided by USTFCCCA, can be found here.

Action is set to start tomorrow, May 29, with the women's javelin at noon and continue into the weekend, concluding Saturday, May 31, with the 4x400 relays. A live feed for track events and live results will be provided by Arkansas and can be found by visiting the Meet Central page at www.arkansasrazorbacks.com. Up-to-the-minute K-State updates can also be found via @kstate_gameday under #KStateTF. For more information, including heat sheets and the full meet schedule, visit Arkansas' Meet Central page or www.k-statesports.com.

What to Watch for - Men

Sophomore Devin Field leads the way for the K-State entering this week's competition, holding top-12 regional marks in both the triple jump and long jump at second and 10th, respectively. Field is coming off a Big 12 title in the triple jump and the third-best scoring performance by a Wildcat men's athlete at the conference meet. Also ranking in the West Region top-12 is Kyle Wait, whose height cleared of 5.44m/17-10.25 at Big12s moved him to 12th-overall. Wait will look to make it three-straight outdoor seasons he has reached the NCAA Championships.

Also worth keeping an eye on this week are the men's 4x400 squad, as well as Zack Riley, Ryan Hershberger and Ivan Hartung. The relay squad consisting of Christopher Campbell, Carlos Rodriguez, Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye and Tyris Jefferson has been flying as of late, with their most recent effort at Big 12s moving them to 25th in the region. Their time of 3:07.46 was not only a Wildcat season best, but only the third time this season the foursome has competed together.

In the high jump, Zack Riley sits at 18th-overall with a current season best of 2.15m/7-00.50m, while Ryan Hershberger in the shot put and Ivan Hartung in the javelin are 13th and 32nd, respectively. For Hershberger, his past two meets have resulted in two career-best marks including a PR of 18.86m/61-10.50 at the Ward Haylett Invitational this May. Hartung has also been heating up as of late with his last two meets resulting in back-to-back season bests. The junior thrower holds a personal best throw of 66.96m/219-08 set in 2012.  

What to Watch for - Women

The women boast a deep squad, including six different athletes holding top-10 marks in the West Region. In the high jump, Alyx Treasure enters competition as the No. 1 seed with a height cleared of 1.85m/6-00.75, while Joslyn Barnes and Rachel Proteau are tied for sixth in the event. On the throws side, Sara Savatovic is third in the hammer throw with a personal best mark of 65.19m/213-10, while freshman Danie Plank is eighth overall in the javelin. Both Wildcats are coming off scoring performances at Big 12s, including a conference title showing by Savatovic.

Rounding out the top-10 performers is Erica Twiss, who is not only fourth in the long jump, but holds top-15 times in both the 100 meter and 400 meter hurdles. The senior is coming off a Big 12 title in the long jump and was less than a point away from earning high-point scorer honors. Twiss has set PRs in all three events this season and is also a part of the 32nd-ranked 4x400 squad, with Sonia Gaskin, Jordan Matthews and Tia' Gamble, set to compete this weekend.

Outside of the six mentioned, the Wildcats have several athletes with a solid chance of moving onto Eugene this week. In the 3000 meter steeplechase, Martina Tresch, who was an All-American in the event last season, enters competition with the 18th-best mark in the West Region, while Gaskin and Gamble will look to move into the top-12 in the 800 meter and 400H, respectively. For Gaskin, she has run a sub-2:10.00 time in the 800m in all but one meet this season, while Gamble's PR in the hurdles of 59.06 seconds has her ranked 28th.

Lastly, Dani Winters in the shot put rounds out an impressive throws group for the Wildcats. Like Hershberger and Hartung, Winters has excelled the past couple weeks, recording back-to-back PRs. Her latest effort, a third-place finish at Big 12s with a throw of 15.93m/52-03.25, has her ranked 23rd in the West Region.

K-State Competitors by Event - according to the latest heat sheets
**Converted times not used.

Men

EventAthleteMarkWest Region Rank
400MCarlos Rodriguez46.8031st
800MKyle Hanson1:50.2456th
4x400Campbell-Rodriguez-Otuonye-Jefferson3:07.4625th
High JumpZack Riley2.15m/7-00.5018th
Miles Bearden2.10m/6-10.7544th
Pole VaultKyle Wait5.44m/17-10.2512th
Tommy Brady5.19m/17-00.2545th
Long JumpDevin Field7.81m/25-07.5010th
Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye7.43m/24-04.5046th
Triple JumpDevin Field16.05m/52-08.002nd
Shot PutRyan Hershberger18.86m/61-10.5013th
JavelinIvan Hartung64.95m/213-01.0032nd

Women

EventAthleteMarkWest Region Mark
800MSonia Gaskin2:07.3831st
SteeplechaseMartina Tresch10:16.0818th
100HErica Twiss13.20 aa11th
Merryl Mbeng13.7047th
400HErica Twiss58.2815th
Tia' Gamble59.0628th
4x400Gaskin-Twiss-Matthews-Gamble3:36.7332nd
High JumpAlyx Treasure1.85m/6-00.751st
Joslyn Barnes1.81m/5-11.25T-6th
Rachel Proteau1.81m/5-11.25T-6th
Long JumpErica Twiss6.37m/20-10.754th
Merryl Mbeng5.98m/19-07.5045th
Triple JumpAlyssa Kelly12.39m/40-07.7542nd
Shot PutDani Winters15.93m/52-03.2523rd
HammerSara Savatovic65.19m/213-10.003rd
JavelinDanie Plank51.00m/167-04.008th

What's Next?

The Wildcats take a week off before heading to Eugene for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Set to take place from June 11-14, K-State has two confirmed athletes going so far in Devin Dick and Reinis Kregers in the decathlon.