Cats’ Rodriguez breaks school record

By The Mercury

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Kansas State track and field team was up against some of the best teams in the nation this weekend at the Jim Click Shootout and the Wildcats came away with some of the best performances in school history and the NCAA this season.

K-State’s men finished third in the meet that had four Top 25 teams competing, and the women were fourth.

Carlos Rodiguez was the top Wildcat on Saturday as he broke the school record in the 200 meters. The sophomore from Puerto Rico clocked in at 20.72 seconds into a strong headwind. The time also is just .01 behind Texas A&M’s Ameer Webb for the No. 1 time in the NCAA this season.

Wildcat freshman Jasmine Gibbs ran 11.55 seconds in the 100 meters to just miss breaking the school record, finishing second. 

K-State’s relay of Magnus Scott, Rodriguez, Jordan Oakry and Ifeanyi Otuonye finished third in the 4x100 relay with a time of 40.18 seconds.

The women’s 4x100 team of McKnight, Richelle Farley, Ashley Williams and Gibbs also finished third.

The 4x400 relays also performed well, the men closed the meet with a second-place finish. The women finished third.

More fast times came in the hurdles with three Wildcats posting their fastest times of the season — Tarique Hill with a 14.28 to finish fifth for the men in the 110-meter hurdles. Tia Gamble ran a 59.82 in the 400-meter hurdles for fourth. Junior Angela Hart was seventh at 1:02.32.

The Wildcats also were impressive in the field events as the day opened with a runner-up finish for freshman Sara Savatovic in the women’s hammer throw. Ryan Hershberger had a second-place finish for the men in the shot put.

Freshman Olivia Housholder improved her best mark in the javelin, as she finished sixth.

Long jump was another event that saw the Wildcats post big marks, as newcomer Jharyl Bowry jumped7.53 meters (24-08.50) to crack the Top 10 list in K-State history and stand in the top 15 in the NCAA this outdoor season.

Gibbs jumped 5.95 meters (19-06.25) to get another win for the Wildcats. Fellow freshman Alyssa Kelly also had her best long jump of the season at 5.59 meters (18-04.25) to finish sixth. Kelly backed that up with a new PR in the triple jump with a second-place mark.

Sophomore Erika Schiller finished second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and Fernando Roman posted a victory for the men in the first running event of the meet.

The Wildcats will stay close to home next week as they head to the K.T. Woodman Classic hosted by Wichita State.

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