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2014 Big 12 Indoor Championships Event Preview - Women


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Feb. 26, 2014

**Please note only events with a Wildcat in the conference top-10 will be highlighted

WOMEN

600 yard

Big 12 Top-5
1. Tia' Gamble, K-State, 1:20.07
2. Diamond Dixon, Kansas, 1:20.16
3. Sonia Gaskin, K-State, 1:20.89
4. Eseroghene Okoro, Iowa State, 1:21.00
5. Whitney Adams, Kansas 1:21.75

Sophomores Tia' Gamble and Sonia Gaskin are both slotted with impressive company with gold medalist Diamond Dixon and last season's Big 12 Champion in the event, Eseroghene Okoro, and for good reason. For Gamble, she is a spotless 3-0 on the season in the 600 including 2-0 in the friendly confines of Lied Recreational Center. The Desoto, Texas, sophomore has been broken out in a big way along with Gaskin, who has set a personal best in the event as well as a meet record at the Winter Invitational. Look for both Wildcats to improve upon K-State's top finish of sixth at last season's Big 12 Indoors.

800 meter

Big 12 Top-5
1. Ejiroghene Okoro, Iowa State, 2:03.91
2. Savannah Camacho, Oklahoma State, 2:05.41
3. Kaela Edwards, Oklahoma State, 2:05.59
4. Clara Nichols, Oklahoma State, 2:06.56
5. Sonia Gaskin, K-State, 2:06.95

Sonia Gaskin has excelled in the 800 meter this season, as the St. George, Barbados native has netted three first-place finishes in the event and two home meet records. Her latest effort, at this past Friday's K-State Open, was not only a new meet record, but also a personal best for Gaskin. She's been a mainstay in the K-State top-10 in the event from the start of the season, she is currently fourth all-time, and will look to improve upon her fifth-place finish in the event from last season.

1000 meter

Big 12 Top-5
1. Kaela Edwards, Oklahoma State, 2:50.99
2. Anna Boyert, Oklahoma State, 2:51.34
3. Hannah Richardson, Kansas, 2:52.11
4. Kelsey McKee, Oklahoma, 2:52.13
5. Marija Stambolic, K-State, 2:52.60
8. Mary Frances Donnelly, K-State, 2:53.48

The addition of Marija Stambolic has already begun paying immediate dividends for the Wildcats this indoor season. Stambolic, who didn't start competing with the Wildcats until this January, has been impressive in the 1000 meter with both a first-place finish and runner-up in two of three races competed in. The Belgrade, Serbia native holds the season-best mark for the K-State women in the event and set the mark at the Bill Bergan Invitational. The freshman is joined by sophomore Mary Frances Donnelly, who just began competing in the 1000 meter this season for the Wildcats. Both Stambolic and Donnelly will be facing a probably field heavy with freshmen and sophomores, as the current Big 12 top-10 has seven freshmen and three sophomores.

3000 meter

Big 12 Top-5
1. Rachel Johnson, Baylor, 9:08.36
2. Sara Sutherland, Texas, 9:10.54
3. Monika Juodeskaite, Oklahoma State, 9:17.37
4. Bethanie Brown, Iowa State, 9:25.01
5. Marielle Hall, Texas, 9:28.24
9. Martina Tresch, K-State, 9:35.89

A veteran of the event, all bets are off where senior Martina Tresch will place at this season's Big 12 Indoors. The Rueti, Switzerland native, in her career, has competed nine times in the 3000 on the Lied Recreational Center track, besting her current season-best time a total of four times, including a time of 9:26.58 at last season's championships meet. The field will be a difficult one to overtake this season though, as the eighth-best conference time is nearly three seconds better than Tresch's time at 9:32.86.

5000 meter

Big 12 Top-5
1. Sara Sutherland, Texas, 15:53.98
2. Olivia Mickle, Texas, 16:20.07
3. Samantha Bluske, Iowa State, 16:35.17
4. Martina Tresch, K-State, 16:42.53
5. Megan Siebert, Texas, 16:51.12

The 5000 meter presents another event for Tresch where it will be interesting to see where the All-American finishes. In only her third career 5000 meter, Tresch won comfortably at the Husker Invitational en route to setting a new personal-best. She has only competed in the 5000 meter once at the Big 12 Indoors, in 2010, where she finished 12th.

60 meter hurdles

Big 12 Top-5
1. Tiffani McReynolds, Baylor, 8.05
2. Le'Tristan Pledger, texas Tech, 8.09 aa
3. Morgan Snow, Texas, 8.23
4. Erica Twiss, K-State, 8.24
5. Taije Jordan, Baylor, 8.45
10. Merryl Mbeng, K-State, 8.66

For Erica Twiss to be fourth in the conference top-five speaks volumes to just how talented the field is in the 60 meter hurdles. Twiss, who has had an all-around terrific season, has dominated the event during the regular season with four first-place finishes, a meet record, a facility record as well as setting a personal best on multiple occasions. Her latest effort, in Lied Recreational Center for the Iowa State Classic, tied a school record as Twiss ran an 8.24 in the preliminaries of the hurdles and went on to win the event final. The Carrollton, Texas, native will look to potentially finish in the top-three in the event at the Big 12 Indoors, which would mark the first time since 2006 when Lisa Maurer ran an 8.35 to capture third in Lincoln, Neb.

4x400 Relay

Big 12 Top-3
1. Texas, 3:30.12
2. Texas Tech, 3:34.12
3. Baylor, 3:37.53
4. K-State, 3:37.96

Like the Wildcat men, the K-State women's 4x400 `A' team has been a dominant force this season. Consisting mainly of Erica Twiss, Tia' Gamble, Sonia Gaskin and Sarah Kolmer, the group has accumulated five top-three finishes, including three first-places finishes and two home meet records. The three Texas schools, most notably the Longhorns whose time is an incredible four seconds better than No. 2 Texas Tech, provide quite the worthy adversaries to the Wildcats. Improving upon last season's sixth-place finish, though, does not seem too far out of reach for the purple and white.

High Jump

Big 12 Top-5
1. Alyx Treasure, K-State, 1.83m/6-00.00
2. Shanay Briscoe, Texas, 1.82m/5-11.50
3. Lindsay Vollmer, Kansas, 1.81m/5-11.25
4. Joslyn Barnes, K-State, 1.77m/5-09.75
4. Lauren Cook, Baylor, 1.77m/5-09.75
4. Colleen O' Brien, Kansas, 1.77m/5-09.75
7. Rachel Proteau, K-State, 1.76m/5-09.25

Alyx Treasure put in her best performance of the year at this past Friday's K-State Open, the last regular season indoor meet of the year. Clearing 1.83m/6-00.00, Treasure tied an indoor-personal best, as well as shot up to No. 1 overall in the Big 12. The Prince George, B.C., Canada, native's latest effort was also the best jump by a Wildcat high jumper since Treasure cleared a personal-best 1.84m/6-00.500 on March 31, 2012 at the Texas Relays. Most impressively though, and which may bode well for this weekend, is Treasure narrowly missed out clearing 1.86m/6-01.25 in her three final attempts at the K-State Open. Also with the potential to make some noise for the Wildcats in the event are Joslyn Barnes and Rachel Proteau. For Barnes this would mark the third-straight year she has competed in the individual event, along with the high jump in the pentathlon, at the Big 12 Indoors.

Long Jump

Big 12 Top-5
1. Lorrane Ugen, TCU, 6.42m/21-00.75
2. Le'Tristan Pledger, Texas Tech, 6.32m/20-09.00
3. Shanice Stewart, Texas Tech, 6.30m/20-08.00
4. Sydney Conley, Kansas, 6.25m/20-06.25
5. Erica Twiss, K-State, 6.12m/20-01.00

Erica Twiss makes her third appearance in the event preview, as she holds down the No. 5 spot in the women's long jump. Competing in the event individually just twice this season, Twiss nabbed a first-place finish in her first meet then went onto set a personal best in her second, the New Mexico Classic. Also worth keeping an eye on is sophomore Alyssa Kelly, who has had a strong second year for the Wildcats. Kelly holds the 11th-best mark in the Big 12 and has three first-place finishes this season. She is certainly a threat to score points for the `Cats, as well as improve on her 14th-place finish from a season ago.

Triple Jump

Big 12 Top-5
1. Brianna Richardson, Baylor, 13.12m/43-00.50
2. Viktoriia Sadokhina, Oklahoma State, 12.86m/42-02.25
3. Stormy Nesbit, West Virginia, 12.69m/41-07.75
4. Kaitlin West, Baylor, 12.50m/41-00.25
5. Alyssa Kelly, K-State, 12.19m/40-00.00

Finishing fifth at the Big 12 Indoors a year ago, Alyssa Kelly enters this season's championship meet with the No. 5 mark in the triple jump. Set at the New Mexico Classic, Kelly's current season-best was also a new personal best, as she cleared 40-00.00 indoors for the first time in her K-State career. On the season, Kelly has finished in the top-three all five times she has competed in the triple jump.
 
Shot Put

Big 12 Top-5
1. Christina Hillman, Iowa State, 17.51m/57-05.50
2. Megan Smith, TCU, 16.08m/52-09.25
3. Dani Winters, K-State, 15.85m/52-00.00
4. Chase Ealey, Oklahoma State, 15.78m/51-09.25
4. Anastasiya Muchkayev, Kansas, 15.78m/51-09.25

Another sophomore on the women's team making an impact is Dani Winters, as the Plainville, Kan., native has routinely turned in first-place performances this season in the shot put. For the year, Winters has notched five first-place finishes, including starting the season with four-straight wins. Her current season-best is also a career-best and ranks No. 5 all-time in K-State history. Winters looks more than capable of improving upon last season's 13th-place finish.  

Weight Throw

Big 12 Top-5
1. Sara Savatovic, K-State, 20.59m/67-07.75
2. Erin Atkinson, Baylor, 20.04m/65-09.00
3. Rylee Rackley, Oklahoma, 18.77m/61-07.00
4. Daina Levy, Kansas, 18.54m/60-10.00
5. Julia Reedy, Oklahoma, 18.49m/60-08.00
6. Dani Winters, K-State, 18.32m/60-01.25

Keeping with the sophomore theme is Sara Savatovic, who has had perhaps the most dominant season to date out of the group. Setting a personal best in literally her first throw of the indoor season, all Savatovic has done is improve and improve some more. The Crvenka, Serbia, native, has won in six of her seven meets competed in this season, including setting a personal best in four of the seven. Her top-conference mark is also third-best in the school's history, as Savatovic will look to claim the first Big 12 weight throw title of her career. If successful, she would be the first K-State woman to win the title since Loren Groves completed her three-peat in the event in 2009 in College Station, Texas. Not to be forgotten, Dani Winters has performed well in the event too, setting a personal best, as the Wildcats have two more than capable candidates at cracking the indoor top-five.

Pentathlon

Big 12 Top-3
1. Erica Twiss, K-State, 4023
2. Shanice Stewart, Texas Tech, 4000
3. Shanay Briscoe, Texas, 3890
4. Sarah Kolmer, K-State, 3718
5. Joslyn Barnes, K-State, 3666

Last season saw three Wildcats place in the top-10 of Big 12 Indoor Championships pentathlon, including two in the top-five. This season, the Wildcats have an excellent chance of one-upping that result as well as getting their first Big 12 pentathlon title since Ryann Krais won in 2012 in College Station, Texas. Leading the pack is Erica Twiss, whose sensational season has perhaps been highlighted most by her improvement in the multi-event. For Twiss, her current season-best is also a career-best as well as seventh-best in K-State history. She looks more than capable of competing for the title, but will face tough competition from the Texas schools, as well as the not listed, and reigning champion, Lindsay Vollmer of Kansas.

Twiss will also have some friendly competition in Sarah Kolmer and Joslyn Barnes, who have both had strong years in the multi-event. Kolmer, in particular, set a personal best in both pentathlons she has competed in this season, including her current season-best point total being set at the Bill Bergan Invitational. Also worth noting is the potential return of Merryl Mbeng, who was last season's Big 12 runner-up and an All-American in the event. If she competes, the Wildcats have a very realistic shot of placing all four in not only the top-10, but potentially better.

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