July 22, 2012
Thorpe Cup Results
MARBURG, Germany – For a third straight year Kansas State Wildcat Ryann Krais and volunteer assistant coach Bettie Wade helped Team USA defeat Germany in the heptathlon and retain the Thorpe Cup. Wade finished second falling less than 100 points shy of a three-peat, and Krais took 10th place. One former Wildcat also shined for his native Germany as Moritz Cleve helped his team win the decathlon.
Wade opened the second day of the meet Sunday with the biggest long jump of the competition among athletes counting toward the team scoring. She leapt 6.20 meters (20-04.50). Wade had some strong events on Saturday as well as she was second in the shot put at 13.00 meters (42-08.00). Heading into the final event on Sunday afternoon, the gap between Wade and Germany’s Kira Biesenbach was too much to overcome. Biesenbach held off a charge by Wade and West Virginia’s Chelsea Carrier-Eades winning with 5,878 points. Wade was second at 5,795.
Krais was competing in her third Thorpe Cup and posted her best high jump of the year on Saturday. The second event of the heptathlon went well for Krais as she cleared 1.77 meters (5-09.75), improving slightly on her jump at USA Olympic Trials earlier this month and significantly on her jump at the NCAA Championship. Krais did not get a positive mark in the long jump to open the second day of action on Sunday, dropping her in the standings overall after not receiving any points for the event. She backed that up with a strong throw in the javelin and a run in the 800 meters that was just .02 of a second off her time at the Olympic Trials. Krais finished 10th with her score of 4,967 points.
Team USA’s women held off Germany in a close battle with a team total of 17,332 points to 17,251 with the top three scores from each team counting toward the team total. The win for USA marks the fourth win for the women and breaks the 3-3 tie with the heptathlon being added to the Thorpe Cup in 2006. It is the third straight win for the Red, White and Blue.
Cleve was also in action representing his native Germany on the men’s side in the decathlon. Cleve finished fifth in helping Germany claim the title. He scored 7,570 points and posted a new personal best in the high jump, clearing 1.98 meters (6-06.00). He was not able to post any other PR’s over the two days and came up just shy of his season best score 7,620 points set at a meet in Ratingen earlier this summer.
Germany’s men defeated USA 38,521 points to 36,428 with the top five scores counting for each team in the decathlon. The top three finishers were German with Kai Kazmirek winning with his score of 8,130 points. The loss for Team USA gives them a 13-6 advantage in the overall series on the men’s side.