Feb. 1, 2014
ResultsAMES, Iowa. - K-State Track and Field followed up an impressive second day at the Bill Bergan Invitational with a balanced closing effort from both the men's and women's squads. Competing in a scored meet, the Wildcat men finished first overall and the women second, while combining for three first-place finishes, seven runner-up efforts and broke a meet record.
Highlighting the team's balanced effort were several performances in the track events, led, in particular, by Tia Gamble in the 600 yard run.
The sophomore, in only her second 600 yard run this season, faced perhaps her toughest competition this season in Iowa State's Ese Okoro. Gamble rose to the occasion, defeating the reigning Big 12 Indoor Champion Okoro by more than a second with a time of 1:21.38. For Gamble, her impressive time on the Lied Recreation Center track was second-best in K-State history on oversized tracks.
Freshmen Kain Ellis and Colton Donahue starred on the track for the Wildcat men, as they finished 1-2, respectively, in the unseeded mile run. For Ellis, it was his first win in the event since the Bill Easton Classic.
In the relays, the Wildcats continued to impress as both the men's and women's squads posted quality marks against their best competition faced all year. For the women, the "A-Team" of Sonia Gaskin, Erica Twiss, Gamble and Sarah Kolmer ran to a second-place finish, finishing behind Minnesota. Despite the group's first defeat of the year, their time of 3:39.20 was good enough to break the Bill Bergan event record and marked the third time this season that the group had broken a meet record.
On the men's side, the trio of Christopher Campbell, Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, and Tyris Jefferson welcomed Carlos Rodriguez to the squad for the first time this season. The K-State "A" squad, yet to finish below second this year, won impressively against a deep pool of talent in the first heat and their winning time of 3:10.67 put the group at 25th-best in Division I.
K-State had several top three performances on the track as well. Freshman Marija Stambolic, in only her third meet this season, ran an impressive 2:52.60 to place second in the 1000 meter, while junior Logan Smith, in the seeded 800 meter, finished third in a time of 1:51.82. In the shorter distance events, Rodriguez ran 6.78 to finish second in the 60 meter and Angela Hart and Merryl Mbeng finished 2-3, respectively, in the 60 meter hurdles.
Switching to the field events, K-State welcomed back Alyx Treasure to the high jump. Treasure, who hadn't competed since the season-opening Winter Invitational, placed second behind South Dakota's Megan Glisar. The junior finished with a mark of 1.79m/5-10.50, after missing on three attempts at a career-tying best 1.84m/6-00.50.
In the shot put, Dani Winters and Ryan Hershberger finished second and third, respectively, in their respective events, while the pole vaulting trio of Kyle Wait, Cameron Savage and Tommy Brady were unable to crack the top three in the event for the first time this season. Rounding the notable field performances for the `Cats was Alyssa Kelly, who after winning the long jump yesterday, placed third in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 11.64m/38-02.25.
For head coach Cliff Rovelto, the meet, as a whole, was successful.
"It was a solid meet," Rovelto said. "I was pleased with the 4x400's, they competed well even though I know we can still improve. The 800 guys ran well and Tia ran an impressive 600."
He added the second day competition was equally as impressive.
"I thought the multi kids did a nice job," Rovelto said. "Devin Field is coming around and will continue to get better and the weight was a super event for us by the entire group."
The Wildcats return home to Manhattan, Kan., for the week before hitting the road for their first split group meets of the season. Both running from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, K-State will send one group to Lincoln, Neb., for the Sevigne Husker Invitational and the other to Albuquerque, N.M. for the New Mexico Classic. For more information visit www.k-statesports.com.
Bill Bergan Invitational
Lied Recreation Center
1: K-State, 145 points
2: K-State, 106 points
2: Carlos Rodriguez, 6.78
16: Magnus Scott, Jr., 7.130
8: Adam Deterding, 8.45
19: Reinis Kregers, 8.81
2: Angela Hart, 8.86
3: Merryl Mbeng, 8.88
4: Dane Steen, 21.94
4: Christopher Campbell, 48.16
19: Kaneil Harrison, 50.30
1: Tia Gamble, 1:21.38
5: Jordan Matthews, 1:23.86
3: Logan Smith, 1:51.82
8: Kyle Hanson, 1:52.79
4: Sonia Gaskin, 2:08.76
5: Kevin Jantsch, 1:55.98
6: Kain Ellis, 2:33.43
8: Blake Goodin, 2:33.91
11: Colton Donahue, 2:35.38
2: Marija Stambolic, 2:52.60
4: Mary Frances Donnelly, 2:53.48
6: Marie Taylor, 2:56.43
4: Mary Frances Donnelly, 4:57.57
1: Kain Ellis, 4:18.61
2: Colton Donahue, 4:19.14
5: Blake Goodin, 4:22.78
5: Martina Tresch, 9:35.89
15: Morgan Wedekind, 10:00.51
6: Fernando Roman, 8:40.64
1: Campbell-Rodriguez-Jefferson-Otuonye, 3:10.67
11: Harrison-Smith-Kregers-Deterding, 3:21.56
2: Gaskin-Twiss-Gamble-Kolmer, 3:39.20 - Meet record
6: Matthews-Hart-Mbeng-Barnes, 3:48.97
5: Reinis Kregers, 1.90m/6-02.75
7: Miles Bearden, 1.90m/6-02.75
8: Adam Deterding, 1.85m/6-00.75
2: Alyx Treasure, 1.79m/5-10.50
3: Rachel Proteau, 1.74m/5-08.50
10: Merryl Mbeng, 1.64m/5-04.50
T4: Cameron Savage, 4.95m/16-02.75
T4: Kyle Wait, 4.95m/16-02.75
--: Tommy Brady, NH
3: Alyssa Kelly, 11.64m/38-02.25
3: Ryan Hershberger, 17.59m/57-08.50
2: Dani Winters, 14.97m/49-01.50