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Wildcats Travel to Lawrence for Bill Easton Classic



Jan. 8, 2014

Performance List | Heat Sheets

K-State AthleticsMANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field heads to Lawrence, Kan., for the Bill Easton Classic – the team’s first road meet of the young indoor season – in Anschutz Sports Pavilion. The meet marks the second straight season the Wildcats will be competing in an indoor meet hosted by the Jayhawks, who had previously not hosted K-State since 2003. Last season saw the Wildcats perform well at the Jayhawk Challenge. Eight athletes in all, five for the men’s and three for the women’s squad, posted first-place finishes. The Bill Easton Classic will have several schools competing Friday, ranging from Division I to NAIA schools. Division I competition for the Wildcats includes the host, Kansas, as well as Oral Roberts and UMKC. Field events are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and track events at 3 p.m. Live results can be found at www.blacksquirreltiming.com.

#KStateTF Quick Hits

  • Sophomore Sara Savatovic is coming off a career-best performance in the weight throw at the Winter Invitational. Not only did the Big 12 Hammer Throw Champion break her personal best twice, but her final mark of 19.58m/64-03.00 is also a Serbian national record and good for fifth best in school history.
  • Sophomores Tia Gamble and Sonia Gaskin kicked off the 2014 campaign with personal bests. For Gamble, her time in the 300 meter, 39.44, was also a school and meet record and to date, the Desoto, Texas, native has finished in the top-five of every individual indoor event she has competed in except for two. Gaskin’s time in the 600 yard run, 1:22.32, was a meet record and good for seventh in school history. The St. George, Barbados, native has experienced considerable success so far, finishing top-five in every individual indoor event she has competed in including seven top-two finishes.     
  • With Erik Kynard gone, High Jump U’s torch is expected to fall in the hands of both juniors Alyx Treasure and Zach Riley. So far, so good as Treasure and Riley finished first and second, respectively, in the team’s first meet of the season. Treasure, 2012 Big 12 Indoor High Jump Champion, is no stranger to first-place finishes as she started off her 2012 freshman campaign with four-straight winning performances. Riley, on the other hand, had his best jump as a Wildcat at the Jayhawk Challenge last season with a mark of 2.20m/7-02.50 – good for first place.

Event Schedule

  •       Field Events

o    Begin at 1:00 p.m.

§  Women’s Weight Throw

§  Men’s Long Jump

§  Women’s Pole Vault

§  Men’s Weight Throw (Follows Women’s WT)

§  Women’s Long Jump

§  Women’s Shot Put (Follows Men’s WT)

§  Men’s High Jump (Follows Women’s HJ)

§  Men’s Pole Vault (Follows Women’s PV)

§  Men’s Triple Jump (Follows Men’s LJ)

§  Women’s Triple Jump (Follows Women’s LJ)

§  Men’s Shot Put (Follows Women’s SP)

  •     Track Events (Event order goes Women then Men)

o    Begin at 3:00 p.m.

§  3000 Meter Run

§  60 Meter Hurdles

§  60 Meter Dash

§  Mile Run

§  600 Yard Run

§  400 Meter Dash

§  1000 Meter Run

§  800 Meter Run

§  200 Meter Dash

§  Distance Medley Relay

§  1600 Meter Run

All-Americans in Action

  • Senior Martina Tresch is expected to make her indoor season debut this Friday. Last season’s Jayhawk Challenge saw Tresch finish second in the 3000 meter, 9:47.91, while being part of the women’s DMR team that dominated the field for a first place finish (11:59.46).
  • Coming off a notable performance at the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon, which saw him finish fifth overall despite having to miss the last event due to a final, senior Devin Dick will be in action for both track and field events.
  • Rounding out the Wildcat All-Americans will be Jharyl Bowry and Kyle Wait. Bowry, who competed in three events at the Winter Invitational, will be competing indoor at Lawrence for the first time in his K-State career. Wait is expected to face stiff competition in the pole vault after finishing first in K-State’s first meet of the season.

Rankings N'at
(Please Note: Only marks in the Top-50 DI and Top-20 Big 12 are displayed according to TFRRS)

·         Men

Athlete Event Mark Division I Big 12
Carlos Rodriguez 60m 6.72 3rd 1st
Dane Steen 60m 6.88 23rd 5th
Fernando Roman 3000m 8:39.99 50th 3rd
4x400 3:15.48 10th 3rd
Zach Riley High Jump 2.15m/7-05.00 6th 2nd
Kyle Wait Pole Vault 4.90m/16-00.75 20th 3rd
Ifeanyi Otuonye Long Jump 7.27m/23-10.25 12th 1st
Devin Field Triple Jump 14.50m/47-07.00 22nd 1st
Ryan Hershberger Shot Put 17.73m/58-02.00 16th 2nd


Athlete Event Mark Division I Big 12
Erica Twiss 800m 2:17.18 18th 1st
Erica Twiss 60m Hurdles 8.57 14th 1st
4x400 3:43.74 4th 1st
Alyx Treasure High Jump 1.80m/5-10.75 1st 1st
Rachel Proteau High Jump 1.75m/5-08.75 4th 2nd
Joslyn Barnes High Jump 1.72m/5-07.75 T-14th T-3rd
Erica Twiss High Jump 1.72m/5-07.75 T-14th T-3rd
Alyssa Kelly Long Jump 5.71m/18-09.00 28th 1st
Dani Winters Shot Put 15.17m/49-09.25 13th 3rd
Sara Savatovic Weight Throw 19.58m/64-03.00 8th 1st
Erica Twiss Pentathlon 3927 1st 1st
Sarah Kolmer Pentathlon 3658 5th 2nd
Joslyn Barnes Pentathlon 3588 9th 3rd

Say Hello to the New Faces

  • Five freshman Wildcats are expected to make their debut in K-State purple this Friday. For the men, Jeff Bachman of the Bachman twins will be competing along with Colton Donahue. Both are distance runners who had a great amount of success in high school. For Donahue, he’s a state champion and Bob Timmons Award winner while Bachman was a back-to-back conference champion in his time at Central High School in St. Joseph, Mo. On the women’s side, Morgan Wedekind and Audrey Schmitz both competed for the Wildcats in cross country this year and are multi-state champions, respectively. Rounding out the group is Marija Stambolic, who joined the team over the winter break. A native of Serbia, Stambolic has competed in the past two IAAF Junior World Championships. 

Athlete to Watch – Dane Steen

  • The junior sprinter hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, got off to a monster start this 2014 indoor season. His time of 6.88 in the 60 meter was a personal best and landed him on both the top-50 in Division I and top-20 in the Big 12. Steen also caught the attention of Coach Rovelto with a strong leg in the 4x400 men’s relay. Said Rovelto, “That’s a guy we need to step up and he did step up so that was good, a good sign.” 

What’s Next?

  • After the trip to Lawrence, K-State returns home for two straight home meets. The Wildcat Invitational will be held on Jan. 18 and the K-State Invitational on Jan. 25.  Both will be free admission to all fans. For more information, visit www.k-statesports.com.