Wildcats Strong on Day One of Big 12s

Day 1 Results | (WATCH) Day 1 - Video Highlights

FORT WORTH, Texas
– The Kansas State track and field team got off to a strong start with numerous scoring efforts on the first day of competition at the Big 12 Championships at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex on Friday. 

The K-State men currently sit in third place after four events scored with 28 points, while the women also sit in third place after two events scored with 11 points. 

“I thought it was a very good first day,” head coach Cliff Rovelto said. “In the final events, like the women’s hammer throw and the men’s javelin throw, we picked up points and I thought we did a great job there. Based on what we have done so far, everything I have seen has been good.”

K-State’s hammer throwers opened up the competition with second-place finishes on both the men’s and women’s side. Senior Sara Savatovic took silver in the hammer throw with a mark of 63.98/209-11, while junior Janee' Kassanavoid threw 57.50m/188-08 to finish in sixth place. 

On the men’s side, school record holder Tyler Merkley also took second place with a throw of 63.71m/209-00. Junior Kyle Smith recorded a personal best in the event, posting a mark of 62.03m/203-06, while Brady Grunder finished in sixth place after recording a throw of 59.36m/194-09. 

Pole vaulter Zack Supple tied his second-best mark of the season, jumping 5.05m/16-06.75 to finish in 10th place. His previous jump at that height came at the John McDonnell Invitational, where he finished in second place. 

In the final field event of the day, K-State saw three scoring performances in the men’s javelin throw. Sophomore Lucas Moeder set a new personal best with a throw of 60.48m/198-05 to finish in fourth place. Dwight Davidson finished in fifth and Derek Selk finished in sixth with throws of 60.23m/197-07 and 59.17m/194-01, respectively. 

Newcomer Morgan Coffman posted a strong start to the heptathlon which included two personal bests. She opened the competition with a PR in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.84 (0.4). Coffman finished second in the high jump and sixth in shot before recording another PR in 200 meter dash with a time of 26.37 (1.1). 

Both Wildcats competing in the decathlon also set personal bests on the first day of competition. Junior Adam Deterding recorded a PR in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.24 (-1.5). Sophomore Max Estill closed out the first day of competition with two personal bests, jumping 1.93m/6-04.00 in high jump and running 51.88 in the 400 meter dash. 

After the first day of the combined events, Coffman is currently in eighth place with 2,925 points. In the decathlon, Deterding is in third place with 3,632 points, while Estill sits in fifth place with 3,554 points. 

Competition resumes on Saturday with the conclusion of the combined events, which begins at 10 a.m. with the heptathlon long jump. Field events are set to begin at 4 p.m. with women’s shot put, while track events are set to begin at 5:30 p.m. with the women’s 1500 meter run prelims. 

More information on the meet, including a full schedule and meet records, 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. 

Big 12 Championships
Lowdon Track and Field Complex
Fort Worth, Texas

Men’s Pole Vault
10. Zack Supple – 5.05m/16-06.75

Men’s Javelin Throw
4. Lucas Moeder – 60.48m/198-05 (PR)
5. Dwight Davidson – 60.23m/197-07
6. Derek Selk – 59.17m/194-01

Women’s Hammer Throw
2. Sara Savatovic – 63.98m/209-11
6. Janee’ Kassanavoid – 57.50m/188-08

Men’s Hammer Throw
2. Tyler Merkley – 63.71m/209-00
4. Kyle Smith – 62.03m/203-06 (PR)
6. Brady Grunder – 59.36m/194-09

Heptathlon 100 Meter Hurdles
10. Morgan Coffman – 15.84 (0.4) (PR)

Heptathlon High Jump
2. Morgan Coffman – 1.70m/5-07.00

Heptathlon Shot Put
6. Morgan Coffman – 10.64m/34-11.00

Heptathlon 200 Meter Dash
9. Morgan Coffman – 26.37 (1.1) (PR)

Decathlon 100 Meter Dash
5. Max Estill – 11.11 (2.1)
7. Adam Deterding – 11.24 (-1.5) (PR)

Decathlon Long Jump
5. Max Estill – 6.73m/22-01.00 (-0.9)
9. Adam Deterding – 6.29m/20-07.75 (0.5)

Decathlon Shot Put
1. Adam Deterding – 13.02m/42-08.75
11. Max Estill – 10.21m/33-06.00

Decathlon High Jump
2. Max Estill – 1.93m/6-04.00 (PR)
5. Adam Deterding – 1.87m/6-01.50

Decathlon 400 Meter Dash
2. Adam Deterding – 49.90
6. Max Estill – 51.88 (PR)