Wildcats Win Nine Events on Final Day in Arkansas

Final Results

MANHATTAN, Kan.
– A strong overall team performance saw the Kansas State track and field team earn nine first-place finishes and have one school record broken as competition at the John McDonnell Invitational came to a close on Saturday. 

Over the course of the weekend, K-State won a total of 12 events, including three on the first day of the competition. 

The Wildcat throwers had a dominant second day of competition, winning five of the six events they competed in. Freshman Tyler Merkley opened the day with a first place finish in hammer throw with a mark of 61.09m/200-05, followed by Kyle Smith who finished second with a mark of 57.95m/190-01.

Junior Janee' Kassanavoid also earned a victory in the hammer throw after she recorded a throw of 57.31m/188-00 on her final attempt in the ring. 

After winning discus throw on Friday night, freshman Brett Neelly posted another strong performance on Saturday, setting a new personal best in shot put with a monster throw of 18.62m/61-01.25 to win the event. Senior Dani Winters also finished in first place in shot put with a throw of 17.06m/55-11.75.

In the final throws event of the day, sophomore Ally Zerbe recorded her first first-place finish of the season, setting a new personal best of 49.62m/162-09, over four meters farther than her previous personal best that she set earlier this season. The mark moves her into the top-10 list. 

On the track, Akela Jones continued to put up dominate marks as she finished with a time of 12.94 in the 100 meter hurdles finals to set a new school record. The mark is also good for the top time in the Big 12 this season and the third-best time in Division I. 

Sprinter Terrell Smith had a strong race in the 200 meter dash, finishing less than a second behind Wallace Spearmon with a time of 20.44 (2.8) to finish in second place. Spearmon, who is regarded as one of the top sprinters in the world, has won multiple USATF Championships and International medals. He also holds the American indoor 200 meter dash record. 

Smith’s day was not done there as he recorded a personal best time in the 100 meter dash, posting a time of 10.33 to finish in ninth place in the race. Freshman Nick Albus also PRed in the race, finishing with a time of 10.75. 

In the 400 meter dash, sophomore A'keyla Mitchell took first place with a personal best time of 52.34. The mark is good for third on the school’s all-time list. 

Junior Kain Ellis continued his impressive string of results, taking second place in the 800 meter dash with a personal best time of 1:49.45. Newcomer Chris Sandquist also recorded a personal best in the race with a time of 1:54.67. 

K-State’s women’s 4x400 meter relay team earned a first place finish, beating Arkansas’s top team by just over a second with a time of 3:33.57 for a new seasonal best. The mark is the fourth fastest in the Big 12 this season and is the fifth on the school’s all-time best list. 

Freshman jumper Shardia Lawrence took first place in triple jump with a leap of 12.75m/41-10. Pole vaulter Zack Supple recorded his second-best mark of the season, jumping 5.05m/16-06.75 to finish in second place. 

The Wildcats begin a two-meet home stand next weekend as they head to Lawrence, Kansas to compete in the Rock Chalk Classic at Rock Chalk Park. The following week, K-State hosts the Ward Haylett Invitational, the team’s final meet before the Big 12 Championships. 

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. 

John McDonnell Invitational 
John McDonnell Field
Fayetteville, Ark. 

Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles
Prelims
2. Akela Jones – 13.15
Finals
2. Akela Jones – 12.94 (PR, School Record)

Men’s 100 Meter Dash
9. Terrell Smith – 10.33 (PR)
17. Nick Albus – 10.75 (PR)

Women’s 200 Meter Dash
13. Shanae McKenzie – 25.96 (2.7)

Men’s 200 Meter Dash
2. Terrell Smith – 20.44 (2.8)

Women’s 400 Meter Dash
1. A’Keyla Mitchell – 52.34 (PR)
18. Keiteyana Parks – 58.32
19. Jordan Matthews – 58.61

Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles
3. Tia’ Gamble – 59.25

Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles
4. Rene Perla – 54.12 (PR)

Women’s 800 Meter Run
1. Sonia Gaskin – 2:10.39

Men’s 800 Meter Run
2. Kain Ellis – 1:49.45 (PR)
5. Logan Smith – 1:52.19
9. Chris Sandquist – 1:54.67 (PR)

Women’s 1500 Meter Run
11. Kayla Doll – 4:42.81
14. Jennifer McCarty – 4:48.98 (PR)
18. Marija Stambolic – 5:01.78

Men’s 1500 Meter Run
7. Lukas Koch – 3:53.22
8. Blake Goodin – 3:53.35
18. Brett Bachman – 4:01.05 (PR)
22. Bryan Zack – 4:04.45
23. Joe Gorthy – 4:08.86 (PR)

Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase
3. Emma Wren – 11:25.69

Men’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase
3. Colton Donahue – 9:27.58
5. Jeff Bachman – 9:37.52
6. Sam Oxandale – 10:05.52

Women’s 4x400 Meter Relay
1. K-State – 3:33.57

Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay
3. K-State A – 3:18.71
4. K-State B – 3:26.98

Women’s Triple Jump
1. Shardia Lawrence – 12.75m/41-10

Women’s Pole Vault
12. Megan Vanderpool – 3.49m/11-05.25
15. Erin Smith – 3.29m/10-09.50

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

Women’s Javelin Throw
1. Ally Zerbe – 49.62m/162-09 (PR)
4. Haley Pitko – 44.17m/144-11

Men’s Javelin Throw
3. Derek Selk – 61.12m/200-06
4. Lucas Moeder – 56.48m/185-04

Women’s Shot Put
1. Dani Winters – 17.06m/55-11.75

Men’s Shot Put
1. Brett Neelly – 18.62m/61-01.25 (PR)

Women’s Hammer Throw
1. Janee’ Kassanavoid – 57.31m/188-00

Men’s Hammer Throw
1. Tyler Merkley – 61.09m/200-05
2. Kyle Smith – 57.95m/190-01