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K-State has solid weekend on the track

By The Mercury

The Kansas State track and field team finished a busy week of competition at the Texas Relays and ESU Spring Open with multiple personal-best performances and meet records set.

On the weekend, the Wildcats had eight top-five finishes, three first-place finishes and two ESU Spring Open meet records.

On the track, freshman Morgan Wedekind followed up a strong start to the outdoor season in Fort Worth, Texas, with a meet-record performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the ESU Spring Open, finishing in a time of 11:05.82 — more than 55 seconds better than the second-place finisher.

Erica Twiss in her outdoor season debut set a personal best and meet record in the Spring Open 100-meter hurdles qualifying round. Finishing her heat in a time of 13.74, Twiss was the only runner to finish sub-14 seconds. The time bested Emporia State’s Nikki Wetstein’s record time of 14.37 set in 2013 and moved Twiss to seventh in school history.

The senior All-American did not run in the event final. Winning the final was former Wildcat great Ryann Krais, who defeated the field of six in a time of 14.18.

On the men’s side, freshman Kaneil Harrison placed first in the 200 meters in a time of 22.74 seconds.

Another freshman putting in an impressive performance was Marie Taylor in the Spring Open 800-meter run, finishing third in a time of 2:16.77.

In the Spring Open 100-meter dash, Wildcats Dane Steen, Magnus Scott, Jr., and Alyssa Kelly qualified for their respective finals.

Steen and Scott, who finished fourth and fifth in the qualifying round, respectively, placed fourth and sixth in the event final, while Kelly finished seventh in both the qualifying and final rounds.

In the field it was Sara Savatovic who kicked off the Texas Relays with a personal-best performance in the hammer throw this past Thursday.

Already having set multiple personal bests in the weight throw during the indoor season, Savatovic didn’t slow down, winning the hammer with a toss of 65.19m/213-09.

The throw is second-best in school history and is the top mark in Division I competition to date.

Rounding out the top-five performances for the Wildcats at the Texas Relays were Alyx Treasure in the high jump and Kyle Wait in the pole vault.

Treasure, in her season outdoor debut, placed fifth with a jump of 1.78m/5-10.00.

Winning the event was 2014 K-State recruit and current Central Arizona high jumper Kimberly Williamson with a mark of 1.81m/5-11.00.

In the pole vault, Wait tied for fifth with a height cleared of 5.35m/17-06.50.

Also registering a personal-best performance was Alyssa Kelly in the Spring Open long jump. Kelly, who placed fourth in the event, finished with a personal outdoor-best mark of 5.71m/18-09.00.

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