Wildcat Summer Track & Field Update

Martina Tresch

July 18, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Just because it is summer does not mean the Kansas State Wildcats are taking a break from competition in track and field. The Wildcats have had a number of current student-athletes already compete a major international meets as well as some former athletes and current coaches. The summer is not over yet with more action on slate for the track and field team yet to come.

After shining performances from Erik Kynard and Ryann Krais at the USA Championships, some of K-State international athletes went home to make an impact on meets in Europe as well.

This weekend, Martina Tresch represented her native Switzerland at the European Under 23 Championships in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Tresch remained in a tight pack for much of the race before the top four separated over the final two laps. Tresch made a charge down the stretch to move up to finish in fifth place with her time of 9:51.96. That time shattered her previous personal best time by more than 12 seconds. The time also sets a new Swiss national record for the junior to-be and is a new K-State school record. Tresch ran 10:05.60 in the preliminaries to advance to the final held in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Also competing in Europe earlier this summer, senior to-be, Boglarka Bozzay represented Hungary at the European Team Championships with her nation competing in the 1st League. Bozzay ran her way to a fifth-place finish in the 800 meters clocking in at 2:04.71 for a new PR. The time moves her to third in school history.

More Wildcats were in action this weekend with Jeffrey Julmis competing at the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Puerto Rico. Julmis was attempting to qualify for the IAAF World Championships with the Haiti national team in the 110 meter hurdles and came away in 10th place with his time of 14.19 seconds.

K-State assistant coach Steve Fritz went to the West Coast this weekend to compete in the Masters World Athletics Championships. Fritz finished second in the men’s 40 throwing pentathlon that includes all five throwing events in track and field awarding points based on distances in each event. Fritz scored 4,008 points with his most impressive throws coming in the shot put, discus and javelin. Fritz had the best shot put (48-00.50) and javelin (186-01) marks in the field and was second in the discus (152-01). Masters programs offer competitive opportunities for athletes in track and field in various age divisions beginning at 30 years old for most events and 40 for distance events.

Former Wildcat Beverly Ramos has been competing professionally after her stellar career at K-State and recently set another Puerto Rican national record. Ramos finished fifth in the 1,500 meters at the Harry Jerome International Track Classic in Burnaby, British Columbia, with her time of 4:09.92. The time marks her third national record for Puerto Rico as she also holds national records in the steeplechase and 5,000 meters. Ramos has set the steeplechase record a total of three times.

Ramos also ran in the CAC Games in Puerto Rico this weekend and finished second in the steeplechase. Ramos finished the race in 9:58.11 but was bested by another former Wildcat in Korene Hinds. The Jamaican Olympian crossed the line in 9:54.67 for the win and giving K-State a 1-2 finish at the meet. Hinds also claimed silver in the 1,500 clocking in at 4:23.78.

There is more action to come for the Wildcats this summer as Krais will be part of the American team in the annual Thorpe Cup in August along with volunteer assistant coach Bettie Wade. Kynard will represent Team USA at the IAAF World Championships in Deagu, South Korea, slated for Aug. 27-Sept. 4. Two weeks prior to the world championships, Kynard also will be part of Team USA for the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.