Feb. 2, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. – K-State track and field sent a small group of Wildcats to face a competitive field at the 38th Sevigne Husker Invitational this weekend and came home with one win and three runner-up performances. The Wildcats opened the meet Friday night with a win in the men’s pole vault and continued the strong showing on Saturday in the mid-distance events.
Big 12 Conference outdoor champion Kyle Wait tallied his second victory of the season in the pole vault Friday night as he cleared 5.23 meters (17-01.75). South Dakota’s Kyle Ballew also cleared that height, and Wait got the win based on misses as Ballew needed two attempts to get over the bar. Cameron Savage took 10th place in the pole vault. Sophomore Tommy Brady tied for 15th and senior David Taylor tied for 18th.
Erika Schiller started the day Saturday for the Wildcats with a second-place finish in the women’s mile as she crossed the line in 5:05.89. The time marked a new personal best for the sophomore. Blake Goodin followed with a 13th-place run in the mile and Ryan Hershner was 17th.
One Wildcat ran in a special invitational mile and came away with a sixth-place finish against a talented field. Freshman Mary Frances Donnelley finished sixth with her time of 4:57.87.
Freshman Tia Gamble made her indoor debut in the 800 meters after running the 600 yards and on 4x400 relays so far this season. The Texan came away in fourth place, clocking in at 2:15.71. Sophomore Logan Smith tallied another runner-up finish for the Wildcats in the men’s race as he ran 1:55.65 for his fastest time of the season.
K-State also ran in a special invitational 800 meters as freshman Sonia Gaskin claimed second in the women’s race and Kyle Hanson took third. Gaskin ran through the finish line in 2:10.50 to finish second. It was her fastest time on a banked 200-meter track with her running slightly faster at Iowa State’s over-sized track last week.
Senior Kyle Hanson posted a PR in the men’s invitational 800 as he crossed the line in 1:51.89 to finish third. It bested his previous of 1:55.06 and his over-sized track time of 1:52.11.
The Wildcats will split up next week for two meets as one group will head to the Don Kirby Collegiate Classic hosted by New Mexico. High jumpers Erik Kynard and Zack Riley are expected to compete in a field with some of the other top jumpers in the nation. Another group will head back to Ames for the Iowa State Classic.