Wildcats Show Strength at Thorpe Cup

Bettie Wade

Aug. 8, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The presence of Kansas State track and field was felt at the 17th Annual Thorpe Cup again this year with two volunteer coaches and an incoming transfer student-athlete shinning in Marburg, Germany.


Volunteer coach Bettie Wade won the heptathlon for Team USA scoring 5,984 points. Krais, who is transferring to K-State from UCLA, posted a personal best score of 5,779 points to finish second in the heptathlon. At this season's NCAA Championship, Krais finished 16th. Volunteer coach Kasey Hill finished sixth scoring 5,514 points to help Team USA defeat Germany by the score 17,518 to 14,182.


K-State's presence was also felt on the staff at this year's Thorpe Cup with Nobu Takashima serving as Team USA's trainer for the competition.


In the men's decathlon competition, Team USA was edged by Germany by just 13 points in a very tightly contested meet. Each team consisted of seven members with the top five scores accounting for the overall team score.