Krais, Wade Guide Team USA to Thorpe Cup Win

Ryann Krais

Aug. 14, 2011

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Kansas State heptathlete Ryann Krais and volunteer assistant coach Bettie Wade joined a group of fellow Americans this weekend to take on Germany in the annual Thorpe Cup and came away victorious. Krais finished third overall with 5,831 points over the two days of action at the Olympic Training Center outside of San Diego to help Team USA defeat Germany while Wade bested the competition with 6,052 points and the win and a new Thorpe Cup record.

Krais found herself in third place after the first four events on Saturday with K-State volunteer assistant coach Bettie Wade leading the way by more than 250 points. Wade continued to lead the way on Sunday with a strong performance in the long jump to separate herself further from the pack while Krais continued to climb back up the leader board after falling back on Day 2 and made her big move running away in the 800 meters to close the meet with her time of 2:09.10.

With Krais and Wade both finishing in the top three, it helped Team USA get the win with both teams taking the top three scores from their respective teams counting toward the team competition. Wade and Krais had their scores added to Emily Pearson's total of 5,728, who finished fourth for a team total of 17,611 points. Germany's top finishers came in second, fifth and seventh overall for a team total of 17,115.

On Saturday, Krais opened strong with the second-fastest time in the 100 meter hurdles clocking in at 13.61 seconds. It was Krais' fastest wind-legal time this season. She then struggled to get over the bar in the high jump clearing 5-07.75 while Wade soared much higher than the contenders in the field. Wade leapt 6-00.50 to catapult into the lead to be the only athlete to score more than 1,000 points in each of the first two events. Wade extended that lead with the No. 2 shot put on the day.

The men's decathlon competition also went to Germany with a total of 38,870 points led by Simon Hechler with the win. Joe Detmer finished second overall for USA as the team posted 38,006 points.

The Thorpe Cup is an annual 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. 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. Team USA has now split the six women's competitions in the history of the meet, and the men still lead the series 13-5.

K-State Results
Krais - 5831 pts, 3rd place
100h: 13.61 (1034 pts)
HJ: 1.72m/5-07.75 (879 pts)
SP: 11.52m/37-09.50 (629 pts)
200m: 24.92 (894 pts)
LJ: 5.73m/18-09.75 (768 pts)
JV: 39.04m/128-01 (649 pts)
800m: 2:09.10 (978 pts)

Wade - 6052 pts, 1st place
100h: 13.77 (1011 pts)
HJ: 1.84m/6-00.50 (1029 pts)
SP: 13.74m/45-01.00 (777 pts)
200m: 25.05 (882 pts)
LJ: 6.18m/20-03.50 (905 pts)
JV: 35.51m/116-06 (581 pts)
800m: 2:16.85 (867 pts)

Team Results
USA: 17,611
Germany: 17,115

Germany: 38,870
USA: 38,006