March 29, 2014
Texas Relays: Results | ESU Spring Open: ResultsMANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field finished a busy week of competition at the Texas Relays and ESU Spring Open with multiple personal best performances and meet records set. On the weekend, the Wildcats had eight top-five finishes, three first-place finishes and two ESU Spring Open meet records.
On the track…
• Freshman Morgan Wedekind followed up a strong start to the outdoor season in Fort Worth, Texas, with a meet record performance in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the ESU Spring Open. The Wichita, Kan., native dominated her fellow competition, finishing in a time of 11:05.82 – over 55 seconds better than the second-place finisher.
For Wedekind, her meet record finish easily bested the previous meet record of 11:36.43, set last season by Kansas’ Kathleen Thompson. The freshman distance runner continues to improve for the Wildcats, as she has failed to finish outside of the top-10 in any event only three times total in both indoor and outdoor competition.
• Erica Twiss in her outdoor season debut set a personal best and meet record in the Spring Open 100 meter hurdles qualifying round. Finishing her heat in a time of 13.74, Twiss was the only runner to finish sub-14 seconds. The time bested Emporia State’s Nikki Wetstein’s record time of 14.37 set in 2013 and moved Twiss to 7th all-time in school history.
The senior All-American did not run in the event final. Winning the final was former Wildcat great Ryann Krais, who defeated the field of six in a time of 14.18.
• On the men’s side, freshman Kaneil Harrison placed first in the 200 meter in a time of 22.74 seconds. His winning effort marked the first individual win in his Wildcat career, as the St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, native bested a field of 12.
• Another freshman putting in an impressive performance was Marie Taylor in the Spring Open 800 meter run. Taylor placed third in a time of 2:16.77, finishing a little over two and a half seconds behind the top spot. It was a competitive field that saw 11 runners, including Taylor, break the previous meet record of 2:23.26 set last season.
• In the Spring Open 100 meter dash, Wildcats Dane Steen, Magnus Scott, Jr., and Alyssa Kelly qualified for their respective finals. Steen and Scott, who finished fourth and fifth in the qualifying round, respectively, placed fourth and sixth in the event final, while Kelly finished seventh in both the qualifying and final rounds.
In the field…
• Sara Savatovic kicked off the Texas Relays with a personal best performance in the hammer throw this past Thursday. Already having set multiple personal bests in the weight throw this indoor season, Savatovic didn’t slow down, winning the hammer with a chuck of 65.19m/213-09. Narrowly defeating North Arizona’s Lauren Stuart, who had a final mark of 64.55m/211-9, Savatovic’s second throw in six total attempts proved to be the winning mark for the sophomore Wildcat.
With latest effort, Savatovic improved upon her previous personal best of 64.10m/210-04. The throw is second-best in school history and is the top mark in Division I competition to date.
• Rounding out the top-five performances for the Wildcats at the Texas Relays were Alyx Treasure in the high jump and Kyle Wait in the pole vault. Treasure, in her season outdoor debut, placed fifth with a jump of 1.78m/5-10.00. After clearing the first two heights in a total of three attempts, Treasure was unable to clear 1.81m/5-11.00. Winning the event was 2014 K-State recruit and current Central Arizona high jumper Kimberly Williamson with a mark of 1.81m/5-11.00.
In the pole vault, Wait tied for fifth with a height cleared of 5.35m/17-06.50.
• Also registering a personal best performance was Alyssa Kelly in the Spring Open long jump. Kelly, who placed fourth in the event, finished with a personal outdoor best mark of 5.71m/18-09.00.
• The Wildcats continue split-squad competition with one group heading to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational and the other to Santa Barbara, Calif., for the Sam Adams Multi. Both meets are scheduled to run from April 4-5. More information on today’s action, as well as the upcoming meets, can be found by visiting www.k-statesports.com.
Mike A. Myers Stadium
8: Zack Riley, K-State, 2.10m/6-10.75
5: Alyx Treasure, K-State, 1.78m/5-10.00
9: Rachel Proteau, K-State, 1.73m/5-08.00
T-5: Kyle Wait, K-State, 5.35m/17-06.50
12: Danie Plank, K-State, 43.73m/143-05.00
F: Ryan Hershberger, K-State, FOUL
8: Dani Winters, K-State, 15.11m/49-07.00
1: Sara Savatovic, K-State, 65.19m/213-10 – Personal best & 2nd-best in school history
ESU Spring Open
Fran Welch Stadium
4: Magnus Scott, Jr., K-State, 10.86 (2.5)
5: Dane Steen, K-State, 10.90 (1.3)
17: Kaneil Harrison, K-State, 11.20 (2.5)
4: Dane Steen, K-State, 11.07 (-1.0)
6: Magnus Scott, Jr., 11.13 (-1.0)
7: Alyssa Kelly, K-State, 12.46 (0.9)
7: Alyssa Kelly, K-State, 13.34 (0.9)
100m Hurdles (Qualifying)
1: Erica Twiss, K-State, 13.74 (-1.4) – Personal best, meet record & 7th-best in school history
1: Kaneil Harrison, K-State, 22.74 (0.0)
3: Marie Taylor, K-State, 2:16.77
1: Morgan Wedekind, K-State, 11:05.82 – Meet record
T-10: Miles Bearden, K-State, 1.90m/6-02.75
T-9: Shannon Parr, K-State, 1.55m/5-01.00
10: Kristen Petry, K-State, 3.20m/10-06.00
4: Alyssa Kelly, K-State, 5.71m/18-09.00 (1.8) – Personal outdoor best
6: Zanri van der Merwe, Unattached, 5.57m/18-03.25 (0.8)