Wildcats Dominant at Steve Miller Open

Final Results | Highlights

MANHATTAN, Kan.
– In its final meet before the Big 12 Championships, the Kansas State track and field team saw 12 first-place finishes and 17 athletes record personal bests at the Steve Miller Open in Ahearn Field House on Friday. 

“It was a tune-up for some. We had a few kids coming off of injuries and we needed to see where they were at,” head coach Cliff Rovelto said. “Fortunately, we found out some good things. They performed pretty well tonight, which is encouraging heading into the conference meet. A lot of people did not compete tonight and that is mainly due to them needing to rest.”

The Wildcats saw a lot of Friday’s production out of the distance and mid-distance runners. Junior Kevin Jantsch set a new personal best in the 600 yard run with a time of 1:11.01 for a first-place finish, while freshman Javon Patterson finished second in the event with a personal best time of 1:12.61. 

Freshman Chris Sandquist and sophomore Sam Oxandale recorded personal bests in the 800 meter run, finishing first and second in the event with times of 1:55.45 and 1:57.01, respectively. Jeff Bachman recorded a first-place finish in the mile run with a personal best time of 4:21:58.

In the 1000 meter run, Blake Goodin PRed with a mark of 2:27.90 to top his previous personal best of 2:29.72. Freshman Joe Gorthy notched a personal best in the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:59.57. 

K-State saw three women record personal bests in the mile run, including Jenny McCarty’s mark of 5:08.97, which was good for first place. Amanda Thate and Laina Ewoldt recorded personal bests with times of 5:15.11 and 5:32.83, respectively. Senior Paige Kochuyt also PRed in the 800 meter dash with a time of 2:22.94 to finish in second place. 

In the 400 meter dash, Keiteyana Parks finished in first place with a time of 57.82, while freshman Krista Haddock set a new personal best with a mark of 1:01.27. Fellow freshman Rene Perla also recorded a personal best in the 400 meter dash with a time of 51.78.  

Freshman Tom Pyle recorded the first of his two personal bests on the day in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.20, while fellow freshman Simone Fassina set a new personal best in the 60 meter hurdles with a mark of 8.47 in a second place finish behind fellow Wildcat Adam Deterding, who finished the event with a time of 8.22.

Freshman Nick Albus recorded his first first-place finish of the season in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.11, while Devie Freeman set a personal best in the event with a mark of 22.31 to finish in second place. 

In the field, Kansas State saw three Wildcat jumpers win their respective events. Sophomore Miles Bearden recorded his third victory in high jump this season with a mark of 2.10m/6-10.75. Freshman Shardia Lawrence recorded her first first-place finish of her K-State career in triple jump with a mark of 12.50m/41-00.25, while Claudette Allen notched her first top finish of the season in long jump with a leap of 5.77m/18-11.25. 

K-State now turns its attention to the Big 12 Championships, which will be held next week at the Lied Recreation Center in Ames, Iowa. Both the men and women will be looking to claim their first indoor conference title since both squads won the Big Eight title in 1976.  

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Steve Miller Open
Ahearn Field House
Manhattan, Kan.

Women’s 60 Meter Dash
6. Zanri Van der Merwe – 7.93

Men’s 60 Meter Dash
3. Nick Albus – 6.94
12. Tom Pyle – 7.20 (PR)

Men’s 60 Meter Hurdles
1. Adam Deterding – 8.22 
4. Simone Fassina – 8.47 (PR)

Men’s 200 Meter Dash
1. Nick Albus – 22.11
2. Devie Freeman – 22.31 (PR)

Women’s 400 Meter Dash
1. Keiteyana Parks – 57.82
5. Jordan Matthews – 1:00.76
7. Krista Haddock – 1:01.27 (PR)

Men’s 400 Meter Dash
3. Rene Perla – 51.78 (PR)

Men’s 600 Yard Run
1. Kevin Jantsch – 1:11.01 (PR)
2. Javon Patterson – 1:12.61 (PR)

Women’s 800 Meter Run
2. Paige Kochuyt – 2:22.94 (PR)

Men’s 800 Meter Run
1. Chris Sandquist – 1:55.45 (PR)
2. Sam Oxandale – 1:57.01 (PR)

Men’s 1000 Meter Run
1. Blake Goodin – 2:27.90 (PR)

Women’s Mile Run
1. Jenny McCarty – 5:08.97 (PR)
2. Emma Wren – 5:11.83
3. Amanda Thate – 5:15.11 (PR)
7. Laina Ewoldt – 5:32.83 (PR)
8. Maddie Hopfinger – 5:33.55

Men’s Mile Run 
1. Jeff Bachman – 4:21.58 (PR)
2. Brett Bachman – 4:26.50 

Men’s 3000 Meter Run
1. Joe Gorthy – 8:59.57 (PR)

Women’s High Jump
2. Rhizlane Siba – 1.79m/5-10.50

Men’s High Jump 
1. Mile Bearden – 2.10m/6-10.75 

Women’s Pole Vault
T5. Erin Smith – 3.26m/10-08.25 

Men’s Pole Vault 
5. Zack Supple – 4.93m/16-02

Women’s Long Jump
1. Claudette Allen – 5.77m/18-11.25 
2. Alyssa Kelly – 5.69m/18-08 
3. Zanri Van der Merwe – 5.55m/18-02.50

Women’s Triple Jump
1. Shardia Lawrence – 12.50m/41-00.25
2. Alyssa Kelly – 12.12m/39-09.25

Men’s Long Jump
3. Tom Pyle – 6.79m/22-03.50 (PR)

Men’s Shot Put
6. Simone Fassina – 13.64m/44-09.50 (PR)
7. Adam Deterding – 13.00m/42-08