After Kansas State’s distance runners ran their way to a pair of victories on Friday at the Iowa State Classic, it was more success for the group at the meet on Saturday as well.
Meanwhile, at the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas, the Wildcats had strong showings from their pole vaulters and the women’s 4x400 relay team to close another weekend of action.
For the women, Boglarka Bozzay put another win together, claiming the seeded 800 meters by more than a second as she battled South Dakota’s Emma Ladwig again. Bozzay finished in 2:07.31 a week after running 2:06.00. The win is Bozzay’s third of the season in the 800 meters, as the Hungarian has not lost a race yet in any distance, taking first place all seven times she has ran. She also has a win in the only meet she ran a leg of the 4x400.
After winning the non-seeded 800 meters on Friday, Kyle Hanson followed that performance with an 11th-place finish in the seeded-mile on Saturday. Hanson clocked in at 4:12.46, improving on his time from last week’s Husker Invitational. Ryan Hershner took 17th place for the Wildcats in the race as well.
Armando Del Valle also tallied a win on Friday night in the non-seeded mile. On Saturday, he ran his fastest time of the season, as he ran in the seeded-800 meters. Del Valle clocked in at 1:51.33 to finish ninth in the competition for the Wildcats.
“Boglarka was our top performer again — she wasn’t challenged today and won handily,” KSU assistant coach Michael Smith. “Armando was also a strong performer and is steadily improving for us.”
Multi-eventer Richelle Farley qualified for the finals in the women’s 60-meter hurdles on Friday and ran 8.79 seconds Saturday afternoon to finish ninth overall after a busy week that saw her finish third in the pentathlon on Thursday. In the men’s 600-yard run, Franciso Colomar ran his fastest time of the season to take 10th place.
The men ran their second-fastest time of the season in the 4x400 relay to finish 15th. The group of Chris Campbell, Blaine Cash, Luke Hibbeler and Gus Vazquez-Milan ran 3:16.49.
The day started with the men’s pole vault at the Tyson Invitational, and the Wildcats took the top two spots. Sophomore Kyle Wait posted a new personal-best mark, clearing 5.06 meters (16-07.25) to get the victory and move into fifth in school history by himself. Freshman Cameron Savage tied for second, as he managed to vault 4.91m (16-01.25). It was Wait’s third win of the season.
K-State’s other highlight of the day at Arkansas came in the 4x400 relay with the tandem of Joslyn Barnes, Krais, Mairead Murphy and Erica Twiss running the second-fastest time in school history to finish seventh against some of the best relay squads in the NCAA. Twiss ran the final leg for K-State to finish in 3:42.08. The time is just 1.44 off the school record set in 2006.
Freshman high jumper Alyx Treasure took on some of the top athletes in her event on Saturday as well, as she finished in a tie for ninth after jumping 1.68m (5-06.00). Multi-event specialist Ryann Krais also jumped in the competition and tied for 13th.
The Cats had Carlos Rodriguez and Martynas Jurgilas running in the 200 meters on Saturday with neither able to crack the 22-second mark, as Rodriguez ran 22.06 in his first 200 of the season. Jurgilas crossed the line in 22.41 seconds.
The Wildcats return to Ahearn Field House next week for their final home meet of the season before heading to the Big 12 Indoor Championship at Texas A&M.
The KSU Open is set for a 2:30 p.m. start on Friday with field events. Running events are slated for 4 p.m.