Feb. 12, 2014
Heat Sheets: Friday | Saturday | Meet Performance List
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field makes its second trip to Ames, Iowa this season, as the Wildcats will compete in the 23rd annual Iowa State Classic.
Fresh off of competing in two meets last weekend, both the men’s and women’s teams will field full squads for one of the biggest meets of the indoor season. The classic is expected to field teams representing 16 total conferences, as well as over 100 All-Americans.
The two-day meet starts on Friday, Feb. 14 with the women’s weight throw and men’s long jump at 11 a.m. Concluding action on Saturday, Feb. 15 is expected to begin with the women’s 3000 meter run at 9 a.m. and conclude with the men’s and women’s 4x400 relays.
Live results will be provided by Delta Timing and the link can be found by visiting K-State Track and Field’s schedule page and clicking on the meet’s tab. A live broadcast will also be made available through FloTrack, but only for subscribing customers. More information on this season’s Iowa State Classic, including the meet schedule and heat sheets, can be found by visiting www.k-statesports.com.
#KStateTF in the Rankings
• K-State’s rank in the USTFCCCA Regional rankings remained unchanged as both the men’s and women’s teams hold the No. 3 spot in their respective standings. For the men, they are the highest-ranked Big 12 team in the region, while the women only trail No. 2 Kansas. The Wildcats, overall, are the only Big 12 team to hold spots in both the men’s and women’s top-3.
• In the national rankings, the K-State women remained in the top-50, slotting at No. 40. The spot was a two-spot drop from last week’s rankings. On the men’s side, the K-State men fell out of the top-50 for the first time this season, dropping seven spots to No. 53.
• The Big 12, as a whole, continues to have a strong presence in the national rankings. Despite falling out of the men’s top-50 this week, K-State had been a fixture there all season. The conference now has six of its nine teams occupying spots within the top-50 and all nine holding spots in the top-75. For the women, the Big 12 has been even more impressive. Four squads hold spots within the top-25, including Texas at No. 1, and a total of eight within the top-50.
• Individually, the Wildcats have been impressive in the Big 12 rankings. Six athletes hold top-marks in the conference, while 29 individuals are top-5 in their respective events. Broken down, the men have 14 athletes in the top-5 and the women have 15. Add in both 4x400 relays teams and K-State has top-5 marks in 31 total events.
Big Week for “On the Cusp” Athletes
• With the NCAA Championships only a month away, each meet’s importance only becomes more and more elevated. To qualify for a trip to Albuquerque, N.M., an athlete’s best mark must fall within the top-16 in Division I competition. The Wildcats currently hold eight spots total within the all-important 16 with two of those marks sitting on No. 16 exactly.
For the men, Zach Riley and Carlos Rodriguez will both be in competition looking to improve on their season-best marks. Riley, sitting at 24th in the high jump, leapt 2.18m/7-01.75 in all but one of the meets competed in last indoor season. Despite competing in only two meets so far this season, the Rend Lake College transfer is a good bet to improve on his current season best mark of 2.15m/7-05.00. In the 200 meter, Rodriguez’s No. 19 ranking is another standing that has a good chance of changing before the NCAAs. His current season-best of 21.45, converted to 21.08, is .05 milliseconds off the current qualifying low of 21.03 seconds. The All-American in the event last season, Rodriguez qualified for the NCAAs with a time of 21.24, converted to 20.87 seconds.
On the women’s side the spotlight this week falls on Sonia Gaskin and Sara Savatovic. For both Gaskin and Savatovic, the sophomores have made excellent leaps in performance so far this season as both athletes have personal bests in the 800 meter and weight throw, respectively. Gaskin’s 20th-ranked time in the 800 meter is less a tenth of a second off a qualifying mark, while Savatovic has shown the propensity all season to improve upon her personal bests, as she currently sits at 14th.
Twiss Continues Fantastic Season
• Two or three personal best marks in a season can be considered a success for all intents and purposes, but a personal best in every meet competed in to date this season? Exceptional. Twiss’ continued her impressive indoor campaign with another personal best in the long jump in last weekend’s New Mexico Classic. To date, the senior Wildcat has two individual marks within the K-State top-10 and four more in the school’s top-10 pentathlon event history from this season. Add in her involvement in K-State’s top 4x400 team and it is seven total.
Twiss also will be looking to better her position in the Division I rankings, as she holds three individual spots within the top-25 and one with the 4x400 squad. Even with her marks in the 60 meter hurdles (16th) and long jump (24th) being personal bests, if her performance so far this season is any indication, Twiss might be far from done climbing up the Division I leader boards.
(Please Note: Only marks in the Top-50 DI and Top-20 Big 12 are displayed according to TFRRS – converted marks are not used)
Athlete Spotlight: Tyris Jefferson
• One of several sophomore Wildcats making headlines this season, Tyris Jefferson has been making an impact on both the track and in the field. The Tyler, Texas native has set personal bests in the long jump twice, as well as has been an integral part of K-State’s top 4x400 relay team. His latest effort in the long jump (7.40m/24-03.50) at last weekend’s New Mexico Classic vaulted him to No. 4 in the Big 12, while the 4x400 team has won its past four races. Look for Jefferson to be on display once again in the long jump and 4x400 this weekend.
• The Wildcats return to Ahearn Field House for the K-State Open, their final home meet of the indoor season. It will be the final meet for K-State before both the Big 12 Championships and NCAA Championships. K-State has performed extremely well at home this season, accumulating at least 15 first-place finishes in each of its three home meets. The K-State Open is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.