Feb. 5, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State track and field coach Cliff Rovelto announced the addition of six new student-athletes to his team on Tuesday with the final piece of the puzzle joining this week. Five new Wildcats joined the team in January and one more was added this week to finalize the 2013 rosters.
Five men join the team with four having already competed in recent meets, and one member of the women’s team has been added.
Devin Field is the latest addition from Lancaster, Texas, where he was among the top recruits in the nation. He posted a long jump mark of 7.76 meters (25-05.50) and ran the 60 meter hurdles in 7.83 seconds on high school regulation height hurdles. At one point midway through the indoor season last year, Field had the No. 1 high school mark in the nation in the long jump, triple jump and hurdles.
“These six athletes will make a significant impact on our program over the next few years, and some already have in competition,” Rovelto said. “In addition to the very talented student-athletes we already have on the team, to add more Wildcats of this caliber will make us an even better team all around. I am looking forward to seeing what we can do in the future at K-State as well as this season with every piece of the team here now.”
In addition to Field, four other men joined the Wildcats this semester and three have already seen action.
Jharyl Bowry transferred to K-State from Barton County Community College where he was the NJCAA indoor national champion and was runner-up in 2011 as well as outdoor in 2012. This summer he finished second at the Canadian Olympic Trials but came up short of the qualifying standard mark to the make the Olympic team. Bowry has a jump of 7.53 meters (24-08.50) this season that ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and stands 11th nationally.
Zack Riley gives K-State a 1-2 punch in the men’s high jump as he is the NJCAA outdoor champion with a jump of 2.26 meters (7-05.00). He also was a finalist at the USA Olympic Trials this summer getting the opportunity to jump alongside soon-to-be teammate Erik Kynard. Riley has already jumped 2.20 meters (7-02.50) to rank No. 2 in the conference and No. 12 in the NCAA.
Reinis Kregers is another international student the coaching staff anticipates to make an impact in the multi-events where the Wildcats have seen much success of the years. Kregers is the Latvian junior national record holder both indoors in the heptathlon and outdoors in the decathlon. He has competed for the Wildcats so far this semester in sprints and relays.
Sara Savatovic comes to K-State from her native Serbia where she is the national record holder in the hammer throw with her toss of 63.51 meters (208-04). She has already made the adjustment to indoor and women’s indoor weight throw, which she has never competed in, as she currently ranks seventh in the Big 12 Conference.
Tyris Jefferson signed his NLI with the Wildcats last spring and came to Manhattan this semester. He also comes from Texas where he was ranked No. 6 in the state in the long jump in 2011 and was the highest ranked senior entering the 2012 season at Tyler Lee High School. He finished fourth at the 2011 USATF Junior National Championship and AAU Junior Olympics in the long jump. He has a best just of 24-03.50 long jump, high jumped 2.08 meters (6-10.00) and also has fast times in the 200 meters and 400 meters.
K-State’s women’s 2013 recruiting class was ranked No. 6 by Track & Field News and was the highest ranked class in the Big 12 Conference. That ranking would not have included Savatovic. The men’s recruiting class did not crack the top 10 from T&FN and would not have included any of the five new members of the team either.