Third-Place Team Finishes and Seven Total Titles Cap Big 12 Indoor Championships

Final Results | Day 2 Video Highlights

AMES, Iowa
– Senior Akela Jones snagged two more titles while fellow senior Sonia Gaskin and sophomore Christoff Bryan won their first conference titles of their careers as the Big 12 Championships came to a close in the Lied Recreation Center on Saturday. 
 
The seventh-ranked women’s squad put up a strong overall performance in the meet, finishing in third place with a total team score of 107.42 points, while the men also recorded a third-place finish with a total score of 98.50 points. In all, the Wildcats claimed a total of seven individual titles on the weekend after picking up three on Friday.
 
“I think from a team perspective, our men were phenomenal,” head coach Cliff Rovelto said. “We scored more points than I thought we would score. I also thought the women had a solid meet as well. There were some tremendous individual marks during the meet. It was a great weekend and I thought we did a great job.”
 
After winning the women’s long jump title on Friday, Jones continued her success in the field in her first event, winning the women’s high jump title with a leap of 1.93m/6-04.00. The mark set a new Big 12 meet and Lied Recreation Center Record and is good for the top mark in the Division I this year and tied for the 12th-best mark in the world. 
 
The St. Michael, Barbados, native wasted no time winning her second title of the day, running a school record 8.00 in the 60 meter hurdles. Her three titles at the meet, coupled with her second-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay, earned her high point scorer of the meet honors for the second consecutive year. 
 
Shortly after Jones’ two titles, Gaskin won the first conference title of her career, posting a time of 1:20.20 to win the 600 yard run. Gaskin also finished in first place in the event during yesterday’s preliminary round with a time of 1:20.09. 
 
The Wildcats’ final individual title of the day came from Bryan. The Kingston, Jamaica, native had a dominant day in the field, finishing the day with a 2.22m/7-03.25 in the high jump finals to earn his first conference title of his career. 
 
K-State had no shortage of other impressive performances around the track on the final day of competition. In one of the first events of the day, senior Dani Winters recorded a second-place finish in shot put with a personal best and school record of 17.63m/57-10.25. Freshman Brett Neelly also set a personal best in shot put with a throw 17.77m/58-03.75.
 
In the women’s high jump, Kimberly Williamson recorded a second-place finish with a leap of 1.81m/5-11.25, while Rhizlane Siba came in third place with a mark of 1.76m/5-09.25 as the Cats swept the event.
 
The Wildcat distance runners also recorded a solid final day as Kurt Loevenstein and Blake Goodin set new personal bests in the 1000 meter run with times of 2:25.57and 2:25.98, respectively. In the 3000 meter run, Morgan Wedekind recorded a personal best with a time of 9:42.71, while Kayla Doll PRed with a time of 9:58.35.

Junior Kain Ellis also PRed in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:49.97 to finish in third place, while Lukas Koch finished sixth in the mile after running his last 400 meters in 55.90. 
 
 A recap of the first day of the Big 12 Championships can be found here
 
The Wildcats close out the indoor season in two weeks as the team will send athletes to compete in Birmingham, Alabama, for the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 11 and 12. 
 
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Big 12 Championships Day 2
Lied Recreation Center
Ames, Iowa

Women’s 60 Meter Dash Finals
6. A’Keyla Mitchell – 7.42

Men’s 60 Meter Dash Finals
4. Terrell Smith – 6.78

Women’s 60 Meter Hurdles Finals
1. Akela Jones – 8.00 (Big 12 Champion, PR, Facility Record)

Men’s 60 Meter Hurdles Finals
5. Adam Deterding – 8.12

Women’s 200 Meter Dash Finals
3. A’Keyla Mitchell – 23.16

Men’s 200 Meter Dash Finals
4. Terrell Smith – 21.19

Women’s 600 Yard Run Finals
1. Sonia Gaskin – 1:20.20
2. Tia’ Gamble – 1:20.34

Men’s 600 Yard Run Finals
7. Kevin Jantsch – 1:11.48

Men’s 800 Meter Run Finals
4. Kain Ellis – 1:51.61

Men’s Mile Run Finals
6. Lukas Koch – 4:13.28

Men’s 1000 Meter Run Finals
5. Kurt Loevenstein – 2:25.57 (PR)
7. Blake Goodin – 2:25.98 (PR)

Women’s 3000 Meter Run Finals
11. Morgan Wedekind – 9:42.71 (PR)
31. Kayla Doll – 9:58.35 (PR)

Men’s 3000 Meter Run Finals
15. Colton Donahue – 8:23.26

Women’s 4x400 Meter Relay Finals
3. Gaskin-Mitchell-Jones-Gamble – 3:37.25

Men’s 4x400 Meter Relays Finals
7. Ellis-Otuonye-Freeman II-Harrison – 3:15.15

Women’s High Jump Finals
1. Akela Jones – 1.93m/6-04.00 (Big 12 Champion, PR, Ties Meet and Facility Record, Ties 12th Best in the World)
2. Kimberly Williamson – 1.81m/5-11.25 
3. Rhizlane Siba – 1.76m/5-09.25
T7. Rachel Proteau – 1.66m/5-05.25

Men’s High Jump Finals
1. Christoff Bryan – 2.22m/7-03.25
4. NaTron Gipson – 2.14m/7-00.25
6. Miles Bearden – 2.09m/6-10.25
T7. Thilina Karunaratne – 2.04m/6-08.25

Women’s Triple Jump Finals
6. Shardia Lawrence – 12.65m/41-06.00 
11. Alyssa Kelly – 11.99m/39-04.00
12. Claudette Allen – 11.80m/38-08.75

Women’s Shot Put Finals
2. Dani Winters – 17.63m/57-10.25 (PR)

Men’s Shot Put Finals
5. Brett Neelly – 17.77m/58-03.75 (PR)
11. Jayce Brack – 15.87m/52-01.00

Heptathlon 60 Meter Hurdles
1. Adam Deterding – 8.20
8. Simone Fassina – 8.67
11. Max Estill – 9.11

Heptathlon Pole Vault
9. Simone Fassina – 4.04m/13-03.00
10. Adam Deterding – 3.84m/12-07.25 (PR)
12. Max Estill – 3.64m/11-11.25 (PR)

Heptathlon 1000 Meter Run
4. Adam Deterding – 2:47.44
8. Simone Fassina – 2:54.19 (PR)
9. Max Estill – 2:57.99 (PR)