Feb. 19, 2014
Heat SheetsMANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field returns to Ahearn Field House this Friday for the K-State Open, the team’s first home meet since the K-State Invitational on Jan. 25. Coming off four-straight road meets, the Wildcats will look to finish the regular season strong as the Big 12 Indoor Championships are set for next weekend in Ames, Iowa.
Head coach Cliff Rovelto said he does not expect a full slate of athletes competing this weekend with the Big 12 Championships looming, but the meet will give the athletes who do compete a chance to prepare for next weekend’s competition.
“We are using the meet as a tune-up for some,” Rovelto said. “Many are resting for the conference championship, but we do have a few competing with the hopes of improving their national standing.”
Rovelto said the athletes to watch for this Friday’s meet include Kyle Wait, Zack Riley and Carlos Rodriguez for the men and Alyx Treasure and Sonia Gaskin for the women. All five Wildcats have marks sitting just outside the NCAA-qualifying top-16 in Division I in their respective events.
The Wildcats’ final home meet of the indoor season is set to start at 5 p.m., with the women’s weight throw and long jump and conclude on the track with the men’s and women’s 4x400 meter relays. Live results will be made available on www.k-statesports.com by Heartland Timing. More information on the meet, including heat sheets and the full meet schedule, can be found by visiting the K-State Track and Field schedule page and clicking the meet’s tab.
#KStateTF in the Rankings
• K-State remained in the top-5 in both the men’s and women’s Division I Midwest Regional Rankings. The men stayed pat at the No. 3 spot, while the women dropped one spot to No. 4. For the men, they hold best ranking out of their fellow Big 12 foes, while only Kansas ranks higher at No. 3 in the women’s standings.
• In the national rankings, the K-State women stayed in the top-50 at No. 42, while the men dropped to No. 75.
Home, Sweet Home
• The Wildcats have had exceptional success in the friendly confines of Ahearn Field House this season. In the team’s first three home meets, K-State has had at least 15 first-place finishes from its individual athletes and relay teams. Erica Twiss also posted a first-place finish for the ‘Cats in the season-opening Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon as well.
Individually, several K-State athletes have posted impressive marks at home. In the throws events, Sara Savatovic has yet to lose in the weight throw, 3-0, while Ryan Hershberger and Dani Winters are a combined 6-0 in their respective shot put events.
On the track, sophomores Tia' Gamble and Sonia Gaskin have finished first multiple times in multiple events. For Gamble, she not only set a meet record in the 300 meter at the Winter Invitational, but also finished first in the 600 yard run at the Wildcat Invitational as well. Gaskin also set a meet record when she finished first in the 800 meter at the K-State Invitational. The Barbados native on the season has finished first twice in the 800 meter and once in the 600 yard run at Ahearn Field House.
Perhaps the most dominant event for the Wildcats at home this season has been the 4x400 meter relays. The men’s and women’s ‘A’ teams have combined to go a spotless 6-0 on the season. The women’s team in particular, currently ranked No. 4 in Division I, has leveled competition, as it has set a meet record in every race competed on Ward Haylett Track this season.
Kynard Ties Personal Best
• Former Wildcat Erik Kynard continued his recent string of success on the international stage with a historic performance at Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, England. Already with a 2-1 record in the high jump for 2014, Kynard tied a personal-best mark of 2.34m/7-08.00 this past Saturday. The Olympic silver medalist hit the mark on his second try, defeating Italy’s Marco Fassinotti and Great Britain’s Robbie Grabarz.
(Please Note: Only marks in the Top-50 DI and Top-20 Big 12 are displayed according to TFRRS – converted marks are not used)
• The Wildcats set out for the Championship stretch of their indoor season. First up will be the Big 12 Championships in Ames, Iowa next weekend. Held in the Lied Recreation Center, the meet is scheduled to run from Feb. 28 to March 1 and will be the third time this season K-State has competed at the home of the Iowa State Cyclones. K-State will look to build upon a strong performance at the meet last year, which saw the men’s team post their highest finish, fourth, since 2004 and score their most ever points at 96.