July 19, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Before the Olympics begin next week, many in the track and field world will have their eyes set toward Marburg, Germany for the 2012 Thorpe Cup this weekend. Kansas State senior Ryann Krais and volunteer assistant coach Bettie Wade will compete in the combined events meet again where they have both seen much success. Last year in California, Wade won the event while Krais finished third, and the pair looks to help Team USA come away with a victory in the heptathlon.
The Thorpe Cup is a Germany vs. USA combined events meet pitting seven men and seven women against each other. Each team will take its top five scores to come up with a team total. In the six Thorpe Cups since adding the heptathlon to the meet, Germany and USA have split the heptathlon competition.
Wade and Krais each had strong performances at the US Olympic Trials in June but came up short of making the Olympic Team. Wade took fourth with Krais claiming seventh. Some of America’s top young talent will be joining the pair on the Team USA roster in Germany this weekend as well.
Last year, Wade won the Thorpe Cup with her score of 6,052 points. She also won in 2010 in Marburg when she scored 5,984 points. Krais was third a year ago with a point total of 5,858 and took silver in 2010 at 5,779 points.
This year’s Thorpe Cup is sure to be an exciting one as there will be past Olympic champions at the meet to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the decathlon. Wade posted on her Twitter account Thursday her excitement when she shook hands with 1976 Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner.
Action is set to start Saturday from Marburg with the conclusion of the two-day meet on Sunday. K-State Head Coach Cliff Rovelto will travel to Germany on Saturday after coaching Erik Kynard, Jamie Nieto and Jesse Williams at the Samsung Diamond League Herculis meet in Monaco on Friday.
Team USA will boast 2008 Olympic decathlon champion Bryan Clay at this year’s Thorpe Cup. Big 12 champion Isaac Murphy of Texas will also be on the team, and former Wildcat and 2009 Big 12 champion Moritz Cleve is listed as an alternate on Germany’s team in the decathlon.