June 24, 2014MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field continues what will be a busy offseason with several Wildcats competing in national meets this week. At the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, California, Devin Dick, Erica Twiss and Devin Field will represent K-State, while Alyx Treasure will compete in the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
The USA Championships are set to begin tomorrow, June 25, and run through Sunday, June 29, while the Canadian Championships will get started this Friday, June 27, and conclude Sunday. Joining Dick, Field and Twiss in Sacramento will be former Wildcats Erik Kynard in the high jump and Ryann Krais in the heptathlon.
For the men, Field earned qualification in both the triple jump and long jump after a strong finish to the 2014 season. His personal best leap of 16.30m/53-05.75 in the triple jump at the NCAA West Preliminary Round is the 11th-best mark of the declared field of 16 in the event this week.
In the long jump, Field’s personal best mark of 7.81m/25-07.50 at the Big 12 Championships ranks 14th out of the field of 18 athletes. He will be only one of five men’s athletes to compete in both the triple jump and long jump this week, joining Chula Vista Elite’s Chris Benard, Nike’s William Claye, Saint Augustine’s Dejon Wilkinson and Arkansas’ Anthony May. Action for Field is set to begin this Friday starting at 8:10 p.m., CT in the triple jump and then wrap up on Sunday at 2:15 p.m., CT with the long jump final.
In the decathlon, Dick is set to start the multi-event on Thursday, June 26, at 12:30 p.m., CT with the 100 meter dash. He will be a part of a field of 16 that includes 2014 NCAA Championships participants Zachery Ziemek of Wisconsin, Alex McCune of Akron and Chase Dalton of BYU. Dick’s qualifying score, and personal best, of 7,792 points set at this season’s Big 12 Championships is the sixth-best mark in the field.
On the women’s side, Twiss will compete in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles, as well as the long jump. Twiss earned qualification in the 100 hurdles with her time of 13.20 seconds at Big 12s and in the 400 hurdles with her personal best time of 57.95 seconds at the West Prelims. She will be the only women’s athlete to compete in both hurdles events this weekend, as well as one of two athletes, along with Kentucky’s Kendra Harrison, to have qualified for both events. The senior Wildcat will get started this Friday with the 400 and 100 meter-hurdle prelims at 6 p.m., CT and 7:25 p.m., CT, respectively. The women’s long jump final is set to take place this Saturday at 2:15 p.m., CT.
Lastly, Treasure will face off against a field of 10 in the women’s high jump on Friday at 1:15 p.m., CT. The junior enters competition as the No. 2 seed thanks in part to her runner-up, and personal best performance, of 1.86m/6-01.25 at the NCAA Championships.
For up-to-the-minute results on this week’s action, follow @kstate_gameday under #KStateTF. Links to live results, if available, will be listed on the K-State Track and Field schedule page at www.k-statesports.com.