Heat SheetsMANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State Track and Field finishes up its January home stretch with the K-State Invitational this Saturday in Ahearn Field House. The Wildcats, who had 16 first-place finishes at last weekend's Wildcat Invitational, will look to have a strong performance before hitting the road for the bulk of their 2014 indoor schedule. Division I competition for K-State will be UMKC, marking the second time this season the Roos have made the trip to Manhattan, Kan. Also in attendance will be Fort Hays State and Oklahoma Baptist, as both schools will face off in a Division II dual meet. The meet will start at 11 a.m. with the women's weight throw and conclude with running events that start at 3:30 p.m. Further information on the K-State Invitational, including the event schedule, etc., can be found here. Live results are expected to be available and will be posted under the invitational's tab on the track and field schedule when up and running.
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Track and Field News released its first set of dual meet rankings this week and both the K-State men's and women's squads come in with strong places in the overall top 20. As expected, both squads are 4-0 in dual meets this season with the men ranking 10th and the women ranking 12th. For the men, Texas Tech (No. 7) is the only other Big 12 team within the top 10, while the women are one three of schools representing the Big 12 in the top 20 - Texas and Texas Tech.
Regionally, the Wildcats also hold down strong rankings. Representing the Midwest/Mountain/West Region, the K-State men hold the No. 2 spot, trailing only Nebraska, while the women rank at No. 3 behind only No. 1 Nebraska and the 3-0 Iowa Hawkeyes.
These rankings are generated by Track and Field News by "taking into account wins and losses, strength and depth of dual meet schedule, and strength and breadth of marks."
Senior Jharyl Bowry put up perhaps the most impressive jumps performance so far this season at last weekend's Wildcat Invitational. Competing in the long jump for the first time this season, Bowry jumped 7.64m/25-00.75. The mark was his best indoor mark so far as a Wildcat and bested his Big 12 Championship winning jump of 7.54m/24-09.00 last February. Couple Bowry's performance with Tyris Jefferson's personal best mark in the same event last weekend as well as Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye's spotless record of 3-0 in jumps events competed this season, and the Wildcat men are shaping up to have yet another competitive, and potentially dominant, group of jumpers this season.
With most of the schools now having competed from this past weekend, the Wildcats continue to have a presence within the top 15 of Division I. For the men, Carlos Rodriguez ranks in both the 60 meter (9th) and 200 meter (12th), while Jharyl Bowry (5th), Zach Riley (15th) and Ryan Hershberger (14th) all represent their respective events. The women are just as heavily represented with Sonia Gaskin in the 800 meter ranking the highest at sixth and Erica Twiss ranking in two events, the 60m hurdles (15th) and pentathlon (3rd). Alyx Treasure (8th), Sara Savatovic (12th), Sarah Kolmer (10th), Joslyn Barnes (15th) as well as the 4x400 team of Twiss, Gamble, Kolmer and Gaskin (8th) round out the top-15 ranked athletes for the women.
Dominant Start for Twiss
Aside from possibly the throws trio of Sara Savatovic, Dani Winters and Ryan Hershberger, no Wildcat has had a better start to the season than Erica Twiss. Simply put, the senior has dominated all competition faced. She has already set five personal bests in her first four meets this season, including an impressive win and Anschutz Sports Pavilion record in the 60 meter hurdles over Bowerman Watch List heptathlete Lindsay Vollmer. On the season, Twiss has yet to lose an event and is part of the dominant aforementioned women's 4x400 team. The last time Twiss competed in the K-State Invitational was in 2012, where she set personal bests in the long jump and 60 meter hurdles - marks that have both been broken this season.
Sophomore Duo Continues to Impress
A pair of sophomore Wildcats in Tia Gamble and Sonia Gaskin continue to only get better as the season progresses. Not only have both been key components of the nation's eighth-best 4x400 team, but each athlete has experienced considerable success individually as well. Coming off a personal best performance in the 600 yard run with a time of 1:22.25, Gamble took first in the event and drew considerable praise from head coach Cliff Rovelto. The Desoto, Texas native has finished top two in every event competed in aside from the 60 meter hurdles and already set a school record in the 300 meter as well. For Gaskin, she has already set personal bests in both the 600 yard run and 800 meter. Her performance in the 800 meter this past weekend was the first time she competed in the event this season and her time of 2:10.17 placed her at eighth-best in school history.
Rankings N'at (Please Note: Only marks in the Top-50 DI and Top-20 Big 12 are displayed according to TFRRS - converted marks are not used)
Already established as a consistently competitive sprinter on the Wildcats, Campbell has found success as both the anchor of the men's best 4x400 squad this season, as well as in the individual events. The Lake Saint Louis, Mo., native set the second-best 300 meter time in school history at the season-opening Winter Invitational and has finished second in both the 400 meter and 600 yard run.
The Wildcats hit the road for four-straight road meets. First up on the docket is the always-competitive Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, Iowa, as K-State gets its first taste of the best competition from not only their region, but the nation as well.