May 8, 2014
Heat SheetsMANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field hosts the Wildcat Open this Saturday at the R.V. Christian Track Complex. The second of back-to-back home meets for K-State, the Wildcat Open is the final meet before the beginning of championship season, starting with the Big 12 Championships next week in Lubbock, Texas.
Action is set to begin at 10:30 a.m., with the women’s javelin throw and conclude later in the afternoon with the men’s and women’s 4x400 relays.
Admission to the meet is free to all fans. Live results will be provided by Delta Timing and can be found by either visiting the Delta Timing home page or K-State Track and Field’s schedule page and clicking on the meet’s respective tab. Up-to-the-minute results can also be found by following @kstate_gameday under #KStateTF.
For more information on this weekend’s home meet, including heat sheets and the full meet schedule, visit www.k-statesports.com.
#KStateTF Quick Hits
• In the latest USTFCCCA Division I Rankings, the K-State women checked in at No. 29, while the men moved up a few spots to No. 110 in the country. For the women, they are one of five teams in the Big 12 to rank within the DI top-30.
Both the women’s and men’s rankings of No. 3 and No. 7 remain unchanged in the latest Midwest Region Rankings.
• Last weekend’s Ward Haylett Invitational saw the Wildcats post several K-State top-10 marks and personal bests on Senior Day in Manhattan. In all, the K-State men and women combined for 15 personal best marks and five top-10 school marks. Highlighting the women’s effort was Erica Twiss, who clocked in at 13.37 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles, a personal best and second-best mark in school history, as well as set a meet record of 58.32 seconds in the 400 meter hurdles. Sonia Gaskin, Alyssa Kelly, Sarah Kolmer, Merryl Mbeng, Alyx Treasure and Dani Winters also registered PRs on the day.
Ryan Hershberger led the way for the men with a mark of 18.86m/61-10.50 in the shot put, both a PR and the fifth-best mark in K-State history, while Kyle Hanson posted his first career sub-1:51.00 time in the 800 meter of 1:50.24. Rounding out the PR performances for the men were Reinis Kregers in the discus, Christopher Campbell in the 400 meter and Devin Dick in the shot put.
• Along with the action on the track, the Wildcats welcomed the 299th Brigade Support Battalion to hand out the third annual Heartbeat of the Team Award. This season’s recipient was junior Sarah Kolmer. The award is given to a member of the track team that demonstrates high moral character in keeping with the ideals of the U.S. Army. Sergeant Daniel Stoutamire recapped the Battalion’s day at RVC on the U.S. Army’s official website earlier this week. His article can be found here.
With the NCAA Championships a little over a month away, #NCAATF Watch is underway for K-State. To qualify for a trip to Eugene, Oregon, athletes must rank within the top-12 of their respective events or top-24 for the relays and multi-events.
Currently Alyx Treasure and Sara Savatovic sit within the top-12 nationally in the high jump and hammer throw, respectively, while both Reinis Kregers and Devin Dick are in the top-24 of the men’s decathlon. Several other Wildcats sit on the fringe of qualifying. Including this weekend’s meet, there will be two more opportunities to improve upon current season bests before the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Serving as a last chance meet of sorts, the top-48 individuals and top 24 relays will compete over three days at the end of May.
For the men, 11 athletes sit within the top-48 in the West, not including combined events, while the women have 9 athletes.
Athletes worth keeping an eye on this Saturday for K-State include Alex Roe in the hammer throw, Erica Twiss in the long jump and Kyle Wait in the pole vault. Roe currently holds the fourth-best mark in the Big 12 and No. 47 in the West Region. The senior thrower has already set a personal best twice in the event this season. Wait, who is coming off his first victory in the pole vault this season, is 22nd-overall in Division I.
Lastly, Twiss, who has top-50 DI marks in four individual events this season, holds the fifth-best long jump mark in the Big 12 and is currently No. 16 in the West Region.
(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)
Following the Wildcat Open, K-State will shift their attention to the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, scheduled to begin on Thursday, May 16, in Lubbock, Texas. Last season saw the K-State men finish fourth and the women finish seventh. The 96 points scored by the men were the most-ever, as Erik Kynard, Sara Savatovic, Martina Tresch and Kyle Wait all captured individual Big 12 titles.