Wildcats Shine in Final Meet, Set Sights on Big 12s

Final Results | Highlights

– The Kansas State track and field team closed out its outdoor regular season with seven first-place finishes and several other impressive marks by former student-athletes at the Ward Haylett Invitational at the R.V. Christian Track on Saturday. 

“This weekend we were just having some people do something things so they could stay sharp,” head coach Cliff Rovelto said. “There were also a couple of cases where some people did some things for the first time. There were some good marks in the meet. I felt like for the most part we accomplished the things that we wanted to accomplish.”

In his first action of the season, sophomore Christoff Bryan put up an impressive mark in the high jump, easily clearing 2.25m/7-04.50 on his first attempt at the bar. The Wildcats’ also had success on the women’s side of the event, as Kim Williamson took second with a mark of 1.84m/6-00.50 and Rhizlane Siba took third with a personal best jump of 1.79m/5-10.50. 

Senior Akela Jones set a new personal best in the shot put, recording a mark of 14.60m/47-11.00 on her fifth attempt to finish in first place in the event. Junior Brady Grunder won the hammer throw for his second win of the season, posting his winning toss of 61.23m/200-11 on his final attempt. 

On the track, sprinter Terrell Smith had a solid day, falling just three hundredths of a second behind Nike’s Blake Smith in the 100 meter dash with a wind-aided time of 10.33. Fellow sprinter Keiteyana Parks also a strong day, winning the 200 meter dash with a personal best time of 24.55. 

Senior Sonia Gaskin also had a solid day on the track, taking second place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 54.47, only behind Olympic Gold Medalist Diamond Dixon who won the event with a time of 53.64. 

Distance runner Lukas Koch continued his impressive 2016 season, winning the 800 meter run with a personal best time of 1:50.06. Senior Logan Smith recorded a top-five finish in the event, taking fourth place with a persona. best time of 1:51.38. 

The meet also saw a variety of former Wildcats post strong marks in their respective events. Alyx Treasure set a new meet and facility record in the high jump with a mark of 1.93m/6-04.00. The mark also helped her qualify for the Olympics for Canada. 

Erica Twiss continued to shine in the 400 meter hurdles, winning the event with a time of 56.86, while Jeff Julmis won both the prelims and finals of the 110 meter hurdles with times of 13.54 and 13.61, respectively. 

K-State will look to carry the momentum from this weekend’s meet into the Big 12 Championships, which will be held on May 13-15 in Fort Worth, Texas at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex. More information on the meet can be found by visiting the tournament central page here. 

For the latest on K-State track and field, follow @kstatesports and @KStateTFXC on Twitter using the hashtag #KStateTF or on the team’s Facebook page. 

Ward Haylett Invitational 
R.V. Christian Track
Manhattan, Kan. 

Women’s 100 Meter Dash
3. Zanri Van der Merwe – 12.29 (1.8)

Men’s 100 Meter Dash
2. Terrell Smith – 10.33 (3.3)
7. Tom Pyle – 11.32 (3.3)

Women’s 200 Meter Dash
1. Keiteyana Parks – 24.55 (0.9) (PR)

Men’s 200 Meter Dash
3. Tom Pyle – 22.90 (1.4)

Women’s 400 Meter Dash
2. Sonia Gaskin – 54.47
4. Jordan Matthews – 57.49

Men’s 400 Meter Dash
4. Devie Freeman II – 48.50
6. Kaneil Harrison – 49.81

Women’s 800 Meter Run
3. Marija Stambolic – 2:16.69

Men’s 800 Meter Run
1. Lukas Koch – 1:50.06 (PR)
4. Logan Smith – 1:51.38 (PR)
8. Kurt Loevenstein – 1:54.32
9. Blake Goodin – 1:55.44
11. Chris Sandquist – 1:57.25
12. Sam Oxandale – 1:58.49 (PR)

Women’s 1500 Meter Run
1. Emma Wren – 4:43.27
3. Amanda Thate – 4:57.21
4. Paige Kochuyt – 5:09.52

Men’s 1500 Meter Run
2. Brett Bachman – 4:01.48
3. Bryan Zack – 4:05.16
4. Joe Gorthy – 4:13.89

Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles
5. Morgan Coffman – 15.92 (PR)

Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
3. Adam Deterding – 14.81 (2.1)
9. Max Estill – 15.99 (2.1)

Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles
2. Ranae McKenzie – 1:01.02

Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles
2. Rene Perla – 53.95 (PR)

Women’s High Jump
2. Kimberly Williamson – 1.84m/6-00.50
3. Rhizlane Siba – 1.79m/5-10.50
6. Shanae McKenzie – 1.64m/5-04.50

Men’s High Jump
1. Christoff Bryan – 2.25m/7-04.50

Women’s Pole Vault
4. Erin Smith – 3.30m/10-10.00
-- Kristen Petry – NH 

Men’s Pole Vault
5. Zack Supple – 5.00m/16-04.75

Women’s Long Jump
1. Zanri Van der Merwe – 6.02m/19-09.00 (-0.3)

Men’s Long Jump
2. Tom Pyle – 6.89m/22-07.25 (NWI)(PR)

Women’s Shot Put
1. Akela Jones – 14.60m/47-11.00 (PR)
5. Morgan Coffman – 10.73m/35-02.50

Men’s Shot Put
2. Jayce Brack – 16.26m/53-04.25
4. Adam Deterding – 12.67m/41-07.00

Men’s Discus Throw
 3. Brett Neelly – 50.20m/164-08

Men’s Hammer Throw
1. Brady Grunder – 61.23m/200-11
4. Kale Mueller – 44.00m/144-04

Women’s Javelin Throw
4. Morgan Coffman – 25.81m/84-08 (PR)

Men’s Javelin Throw 
3. Lucas Moeder – 56.79m/186-04