Wildcats Sweep K-State Winter Invitational


Final Results | Highlights 

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A strong day in the field and on the track propelled Kansas State’s men’s and women’s track teams to victories in the K-State Winter Invitational in Ahearn Field House on Saturday. 
 
The men’s side finished with 67 total points in the meet, while the women’s side finished with a total of 66 points. 
 
“I feel like we hit a lot of really good marks today,” head coach Cliff Rovelto said. “I think in general, the throwers looked very good. There were some great marks and some personal records. There really was not a whole lot that was disappointing. Most of it was very encouraging and it is very encouraging to see what they are doing at this point.”
 
In the field, the throwers took first place in three out of four events. Senior Brady Grunder took first in the weight throw with a mark of 19.79m/64-11.25, moving him to fourth in school history in the event, while junior Mitch Dixon’s throw of 18.49m/60-08.00 moved him into 10th place in school history. 
 
Junior Janee’ Kassanavoid also recorded a first place finish in the weight throw with a mark of 17.95m/58-10.75. 
 
Freshman Brett Neelly added a first-place finish in shot put with a throw of 16.88m/55-04.75, while senior Dani Winter’s throw of 17.52m/57-05.75 earned her second place and second in the top-10 for shot put. 
 
The jumpers also had a strong day as junior Miles Bearden set a personal record in the high jump with a mark of 2.18m/7-01.75 and sophomore Rhizlane Siba placed first in the same event, jumping 1.78m/5-10.00. Senior Alyssa Kelly won the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.75m/18-10.50. 
 
Sophomore Megan Vanderpool posted a mark of 3.66m/12-00.00 to take first place in the women’s pole vault to move her into sixth place in school history, while pole vaulter Zack Supple took fourth place with a mark of 4.77m/15-07.75. 
 
On the track, senior Tia’ Gamble set a school, Ahearn Field House and meet record in the 300 meter dash with a time of 39.29. Sophomore Keiteyana Parks finished second, posting a 40.27 mark that moved her into fourth place in the top-10. 
 
Former Wildcat Carlos Rodriguez won the 300 meter dash on the men’s side with a time of 34.21, while freshman Devie Freeman took second with a time of 34.84. Freeman’s mark moved him into fifth place in school history. 
 
Rodriguez also took first in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.81, a tenth of second faster than second-place finisher Terrell Smith. Senior Akela Jones recorded a first-place finish in the 60 meter hurdles, posting a time of 8.21 and tying her for fifth place in school history. Former Wildcat Erica Twiss finished second in the same event with a time of 8.54. 
 
In the distance events, Marija Stambolic posted a mark of 3:02.75 in the 1,000 meter run to finish second, while Chris Sandquist finished third with a time of 2:34.48. Kain Ellis was the only competitor in the mile run and recorded a time of 4:16.91. Junior Kevin Jantsch recorded a second place finish in the 600 yard run with a time of 1:12.00. 
 
K-State returns to action on January 9 as it hosts the Wildcat Invitational at Ahearn Field House. Field events will kick off at 11 a.m. with track events following at 2 p.m.  
 
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K-State Winter Invitational
Ahearn Field House
Manhattan, Kan.

Allyssa Kelly:
Long Jump – 5.75m/18-10.50

Janee’ Kassanavoid: 
Weight Throw – 17.95m/58-10.75

Brady Grunder:
Weight Throw – 19.79m/64-11.25

Mitch Dixon: 
Weight Throw – 18.49m/60-08.00

Tyler Merkley: 
Weight Throw – 17.04m/55-11.00
Shot Put – 14.05m/46-01.25

Rhizlane Siba: 
High Jump – 1.78m/5-10.00

Rachel Proteau: 
High Jump -  1.68m/5-06.00

Megan Vanderpool: 
Pole Vault – 3.66m/12-00.00

Erin Smith: 
Pole Vault – 3.20m/10-06.00

Kristen Petry: 
Pole Vault -  3.20m/10-06.00

Tom Pyle: 
Long Jump - 6.63m/21-09.00 – 4th 
Triple Jump – 12.51m/41-00.50 – 2nd
60 Meter Dash – 7.30 – 11th 

Dani Winters: 
Shot Put – 17.29m/56-08.75 – 2nd 

Marija Stambolic: 
1000M Run – 2:24.722 – 2nd 

Chris Sanquist: 
1000M Run – 2:34.48

Terrell Smith: 
60 Meter Dash – 6.82

Nick Albus: 
60 Meter Dash – 6.90

Zanri Van der Merwe: 
60 Meter Dash – 7.93

Brett Neelly: 
Shot Put – 16.88m/55-04.75, 1st

Akela Jones: 
60M Hurdles – 8.21, 1st 

Miles Bearden: 
High Jump – 2.18m/7-01.75, 1st (Personal Best)

Thilina Karunaratne: 
High Jump – 2.10m/6-10.75, 2nd

Kevin Jantsch: 
600Y Run – 1:12.00, 2nd 

Javon Patterson: 
600Y Run – 1:14.42, 5th 

Zack Supple: 
Pole Vault – 4.77m/15-07.75

Tia’ Gamble: 
300 Meter Dash – 39.29 (Facility Record, Meet Record), 1st 

Keiteyana Parks: 
300 Meter Dash – 40.27, 2nd 

Krista Haddock: 
300 Meter Dash – 43.32, 10th 

Devie Freeman
300 Meter Dash – 34.84, 2nd 

Kain Ellis: 
Mile Run – 4:16.91, 1st