April 10, 2014
Meet CentralMANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field heads to Tucson, Ariz., this weekend for the Jim Click Shootout at Roy P. Drachman Stadium. The meet kicks off Thursday with the combined events, but the Wildcats will not compete until Saturday, April 12. The main team scored meet will be Saturday, with the Wildcats squaring off against host Arizona, as well as Air Force, New Mexico and Washington State.
Last season’s Shootout saw both the men’s and women’s squad finish third in a meet that had four top-25 teams competing on the men’s side and two on the women’s side. Though the Wildcats won’t be entering anyone in the combined events like they did last year, they will look to replicate that success fielding their first full squad of the season at an outdoor meet.
Action on Saturday is set to begin at 11 a.m., CT with the women’s hammer throw. Live results will be provided by Arizona and can be found by either visiting the K-State Track and Field schedule page or Arizona’s Athletics home page. Up-to-the-minute updates on K-State athletes will also be available via twitter @kstate_gameday. For more information, visit www.k-statesports.com.
#KStateTF Quick Hits
• The USTFCCCA released its Week #1 Division I Outdoor rankings this past week. Both the Wildcat men and women rank within the DI top-50. For the men, they check in at the No. 44 spot, making them one of eight Big 12 schools in the national top-50 – Texas Tech is tops in the Big 12 at No. 10. On the women’s side, K-State sits at No. 37, also among eight Big 12 schools in the DI top-50 with the Texas women leading the pack at No. 3.
In the USTFCCCA Midwest Regional rankings, the Wildcat men are No. 13, while the women check in at No. 9.
• On the Division I performance lists, K-State has a combined 17 athletes/relay teams in the top-50. The women’s team, in particular, has been strong, with nine athletes and the 4x400 team holding top-50 marks in Division I competition. Sara Savatovic in the hammer throw and Joslyn Barnes in the high jump both hold top-10 marks for the women’s squad, while the men are led by Reinis Kregers, whose performance in last weekend’s Sam Adams Multi decathlon has him at No. 9 in the country.
In the conference rankings, the Wildcats have an impressive 22 total athletes/relay teams in the Big 12 top-five. Savatovic and Barnes lead the conference in their respective events, as the Wildcat women have six athletes slotted in at No. 3 or higher. For the men, they have six athletes in the Big 12 top-five, with five of those six ranking in the top-three.
• Last weekend’s action in California saw the Wildcats set five K-State top-10 marks, as well as 13 personal bests. The combined events athletes, in particular, thrived with each athlete setting or tying at least one personal best at the Sam Adams Multi. Kregers led all Wildcats with four career-bests, while Erica Twiss and Barnes set multiple personal bests, including K-State top-10 marks in the 100 meter hurdles and high jump, respectively.
Morgan Wedekind registered the highest mark in the K-State top-10 with her performance in the San Francisco State Distance Carnival 3000 meter steeplechase. Clocking in at a time of 10:46.28, the freshman not only finished third overall in the event, but her time was also good enough for No. 3 all-time in K-State history.
• One group worth highlighting is the Wildcat women distance runners, who have had an impressive outdoor season so far. The foursome of Martina Tresch, Mary Frances Donnelly, Erika Schiller and the aforementioned Wedekind, have excelled in their respective events. Tresch has yet to finish outside the top-10 in any of her events competed this season and also holds the sixth-best mark in the Big 12 in the 3000m steeplechase. Donnelly, in her first outdoor season with the ‘Cats, had a strong showing in San Francisco last weekend that included top-10 finishes in both the 800 meter and 1500 meter.
For Schiller, she has finished top-10 or better in the 1500m, 3000m as well as the 10K – an event she competed in for the first time in her career last weekend in San Francisco, finishing fifth out of a field of 32 runners. Wedekind has had an exceptional start to the outdoor season, excelling in the 3000m steeplechase. In her first two career showings in the event, the Wichita, Kan., native has set a meet record – ESU Spring Open – and a top-three K-State history mark at last weekend’s Distance Carnival.
• In weekly news, Kregers was awarded Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for his stellar performance in the Sam Adams Multi decathlon. The sophomore placed second after sitting in seventh-place after the first day of competition. The weekly accolade is the first of Kregers’ career as well as the first awarded to a K-State athlete this outdoor season. It is also the first Big 12 Outdoor weekly award to a K-State athlete since Erik Kynard was named Athlete of the Week on April 24, 2013. The full release on the Kregers’ accomplishment can be found by clicking here.
Who to Watch for…
With the Wildcats competing together as one group for the first time this season in a scored meet, plenty of athletes will be in action in what will be potentially the events they hope to score in at the later championship meets.
On the men’s side, Devin Dick is expected to make his outdoor season debut in several events, including the 110 meter hurdles, long jump and shot put. Carlos Rodriguez will compete in his first 200 meter of the outdoor season, while Tyris Jefferson and Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye are set to compete in their first outdoor long jump in 2014. Also worth keeping an eye on is junior Ivan Hartung, who is making his overall season debut in the javelin. The Manhattan, Kan., native was the runner-up in the event at last season’s Big 12 Outdoor Championships.
For the women, the sophomore throws duo of Sara Savatovic and Dani Winters will compete in the hammer throw and shot put, respectively, for the second time each this season. Savatovic is the reigning Big 12 champion in the event and has already set a new career-best in her first action this season, while Winters finished last outdoor season ranking in the DI top-50 shot put. Other notable entries include Alyx Treasure competing in her second high jump of the season and Erica Twiss in the 100 meter hurdles – the senior has set career bests in each of her first two races this season.
In total, the Wildcats will have 36 individual athletes complete, a full list is below.
o 100 Meter: Magnus Scott, Jr., Dane Steen, Carlos Rodriguez
o 200 Meter: Carlos Rodriguez, Dane Steen
o 400 Meter: Kaneil Harrison, Adam Deterding
o 800 Meter: Kyle Hanson, Logan Smith, Blake Goodin
o 1500 Meter: Ryan Hershner, Blake Goodin
o 110 Meter Hurdles: Adam Deterding, Reinis Kregers, Devin Dick
o 4x100: Scott, Jr.-Rodriguez-Jefferson-Otuonye
o 4x400: Jefferson-Otuonye-Harrison-Hanson
o High Jump: Miles Bearden, Zack Riley
o Pole Vault: Tommy Brady, Kyle Wait
o Long Jump: Tyris Jefferson, Devin Dick, Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye
o Shot Put: Ryan Hershberger, Devin Dick
o Discus Throw: Ryan Hershberger, Reinis Kregers
o Hammer Throw: Alex Roe
o Javelin: Ivan Hartung
o 100 Meter: Erica Twiss
o 200 Meter: Jordan Matthews
o 400 Meter: Jordan Matthews, Sarah Kolmer
o 800 Meter: Marija Stambolic, Sonia Gaskin, Mary Frances Donnelly
o 1500 Meter: Mary Frances Donnelly
o 100 Meter Hurdles: Joslyn Barnes, Erica Twiss, Angela Hart, Merryl Mbeng
o 400 Meter Hurdles: Tia' Gamble, Angela Hart
o 4x100: Twiss-Gamble-Matthews-Hart
o 4x400: Gaskin-Gamble-Mbeng-Kolmer
o High Jump: Rachel Proteau, Joslyn Barnes, Alyx Treasure
o Long Jump: Alyssa Kelly, Merryl Mbeng, Erica Twiss
o Triple Jump: Alyssa Kelly
o Shot Put: Dani Winters
o Discus: Dani Winters
o Hammer Throw: Sara Savatovic
o Javelin: Danie Plank
(Please Note: Only marks in the Top-50 DI, Top-50 DI West and Top-20 Big 12 are displayed according to TFRRS – converted marks are not used)
The Wildcats return to split-squad action with one group heading back to California for the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, while the other group competes in Lawrence, Kan., for the annual Kansas Relays. The Kansas Relays are scheduled to run from April 16-19 and the Mt. SAC Relays from April 17-19.