March 17, 2012
TULSA, Okla. – The Kansas State track and field team opened its outdoor season this weekend at the Tulsa Duels and the Wildcats came away with six wins and a handful of strong performances. K-State took on a number of teams from the region including Big 12 Conference foes Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at the meet.
The throwers started the weekend off with the hammer throw and javelin on Friday and Tomaz Bogovic came away with a win for the men. Bogovic got the victory with his toss of 57.02 meters (187-01), and newcomers Ryan Johnson and Chris Gattman both finished in the top 10. For the women, Jacquelyne Leffler finished second with her toss of 51.98 meters (170-06). Fellow senior Chelsie Bonds finished fourth for K-State.
In the javelin, Ivan Hartung posted another win for the Wildcats with his throw of 66.96 meters (219-08) just missing out on cracking the school’s all-time top 10 list in his first meet as a Wildcat. Senior Cory Boulanger also came up big in the event for the men finishing third at 60.79 meters (199-05). Jake Darrington claimed fourth.
The Wildcats also had good performances in the discus and shot put led by Ryan Hershberger taking fourth in the discus and winning in the shot put. Hershberger won the shot put with a mark of 16.50 meters (54-01.75) for a new personal best. Leffler finished third in the shot put, opening her season at 13.92 meters (45-08.00).
With this being the first action for his throwers in a few weeks, K-State Assistant Coach Steve Fritz said he was pleased with some of the performances and knows the others will continue to improve as the season progresses.
“Obviously, Ivan had a great meet. Throwing a big PR like that in his first meet is a really good way to start the year,” Fritz said. “You could definitely tell it was the first meet of the year for some of them, but I think there was some progress made in a few areas and hopefully everyone will feel more comfortable next week.”
K-State ran well on the track as well on Saturday led by sophomore Angela Hart and senior Edina Brooks. Hart won the women’s 400 meter hurdles, clocking in at 1:05.28. Brooks won the 200 meters as she crossed the line in 25.21 seconds. Freshman Avery Loyd also ran well in the 400 hurdles as she finished third in her first outdoor race with her time of 1:09.05. The pair of Kim Haberman and Cenarda Jackson also ran well in the 200 for the women. Haberman claimed third in 25.83 seconds with Jackson right behind in 25.86.
In the long sprints, K-State saw Luke Hibbeler and Franciso Colomar finish fourth and fifth as the clocked in at 49.87 and 50.13, respectively. The pair teamed up with Gus Vazquez-Milan and Ashton Draper to finish third in the 4x400 relay. Their time of 3:21.91 was enough to hold off Tulsa in fourth.
Highlighting the field events in addition to the throwers was a pair of pole vaulters. David Taylor and Tommy Brady both vaulted 4.72 meters (15-05.75), a new personal best for each. Taylor claimed first place based on missed attempts.
Freshman Logan Smith also ran hard for the Wildcats representing the mid-distance group. Smith finished second in his first outdoor event as a Wildcat and clocked in at 3:21.91 in the 800 meters.
The Wildcats will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Arizona for the ASU Invitational on Friday and Saturday.