Wildcats Place 12 on All-America Teams

Ryann Krais

June 13, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State Wildcats had the best track and field season in school history as the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships marked the first time both the men and women finished in the Top 20. On Monday, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association recognized the student-athletes who reached the championship site announcing the USTFCCCA All-America teams, and 10 Wildcats earned a total of 12 All-America certificates.

NCAA high jump champion Erik Kynard received his fourth overall All-America status with the honor as Jeffrey Julmis joined him as back-to-back recipients for the men after Julmis finished fourth in the men’s 110 meter hurdles. Moritz Cleve closed his career as a first-team member after finishing eighth in the deepest decathlon in NCAA meet history.

For the women, Ryann Krais led the way earning two first-team honors after dominating the women’s heptathlon for the title and finishing third in the women’s 400 meter hurdles. Nina Kokot finished sixth in the long jump to round out the first team honorees.

The men’s 4x100 relay team was named to the second-team as Mantas Silkauskas, Jason Coniglio, Julmis and Martynas Jurgilas were recognized for their efforts at the NCAA Championship in finishing 14th overall with their time of 39.74. Jurgilas was listed as honorable mention for finishing 22nd in the men’s 100 meters.

Martina Tresch clocked in at 10:15.70 in the women’s steeplechase to come in 10th and receive second-team honors. Boglarka Bozzay finished 14th in the women’s 800 meters as she also was named to the second-team.

First-team USTFCCCA All-America honors are awarded to those who earn any portion of a team point at the national championships, or reach an eight-entrant final. Second-team All-America honors are handed out to those whose final placing in the national meet range from ninth to 16th place. Those who participated at the final site but did not place in the meet’s top 16 are listed as honorable mention for the All-America award.

The Big 12 Conference led the way among first-team nods with a total of 58. The USTFCCCA recognized 182 men and 189 women on the respective first-teams.

With the conclusion of the track and field season, K-State finishes the most successful academic year across the board in athletics in school history. The Wildcats were one of three athletics programs to have their football play in a bowl game, compete in both the men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament in basketball, reach an NCAA Regional in baseball and have both men’s and women’s track teams finish in the Top 25. Texas A&M and Florida State are the only other two schools to have the same success in 2010-11.

K-State’s women’s cross country team also competed at the NCAA Championship this season and finished 25th. That would leave only Florida State and the Wildcats as the two programs to accomplish all of those feats.