Krais to Compete in Thorpe Cup

Ryann Krais

Aug. 11, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State heptathlete Ryann Krais has had the most successful season of her career since becoming a Wildcat and beginning to train with K-State head coach Cliff Rovelto. This weekend she heads back to where the transformation started at the Thorpe Cup as part of the USA contingency in the annual USA vs. Germany combined events meet.

The Thorpe Cup will be held at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., on Saturday and Sunday and pits a group of Americans in the decathlon and heptathlon against men’s and women’s teams from Germany. Last year at this meet, Krais finished second with her score of 5,779 points. At the time it was a personal best for Krais, who has posted personal records in four straight heptathlons counting last year’s Thorpe Cup under Rovelto’s direction.

Krais PR’d again at the Texas Relays this spring finishing second then went on to win the NCAA Championship with another personal record score. She followed that with a runner-up finish at USA Championships cracking the 6,000-point threshold and just missing a spot on Team USA at the World Championships based on qualifying standards.

The senior-to-be will not be without familiar company as K-State volunteer assistant coach Bettie Wade will also be competing. Wade won the Thorpe Cup last year in Marburg, Germany, and claimed fourth at the USA Championships in June. K-State athletic trainer Nobu Takashima also will be serving as a trainer for the American team again this year.

Fans in the San Diego area may attend the meet for free to see some of the top combined events athletes in the world. Joining Krais and Wade on the women’s team will be Nebraska’s Chantae McMillan along with NCAA Division II champion Lindsay Lettow and more. The men’s team will boast 2010 Thorpe Cup champion Joe Detmer and former Missouri Tiger Nick Adcock. Clemson’s Miller Moss finished third in the decathlon this year at the NCAA Championship and USA Championship and also will be part of the men’s team.

USA Track & Field in conjunction with RunnerSpace.com will provide a free live webcast of the competition as well. Fans can watch online at www.usatf.org starting at 1:45 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday to see the action unfold.

The Thorpe Cup is an international track and field competition between USA and Germany. Teams are made up of up to seven men and seven women who compete in decathlon and heptathlon. Athletes received a predetermined number of points based upon their performances in each of the events in the decathlon and heptathlon. The top five men’s and top three women’s scores are added together to determine the overall men’s and women’s team winners.