K-State track and field finishes strong with Big 12s next

By The Mercury

The Kansas State track and field team finished its indoor home slate at Ahearn Field House on Friday with solid performances from both the men’s and women’s teams in the K-State Open.

The late-night meet resulted in nine first-place finishes, several personal bests, as well as a couple athletes moving up the K-State top-10 charts.

K-State junior Alyx Treasure tied a personal best, as she placed first in the high jump with a mark of 6-00.00 — which ranks seventh in school history.

Sonia Gaskin added to a standout sophomore season with her meet-record performance in the 800-meter run.

Gaskin’s time of 2:08.41 smoked the competition by nearly 25 seconds, as her latest winning performance put her fourth all-time in the event’s top-10.

K-State also saw solid efforts from the combined-events athletes. including Merryl Mbeng, Joslyn Barnes, Devin Dick and Reinis Kregers.

For the women, Mbeng and Barnes both set or tied personal bests in the 60-meter hurdles.

Mbeng’s time of 8.66 seconds tied her previous best set at last season’s Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon, while Barnes passed her previous best of 9.34 with a time of 9.21 seconds.

Making their personal-best efforts all the more impressive was both Mbeng and Barnes competed in the high jump at the same time of the hurdles, as Barnes finished an impressive second and Mbeng tied for fifth.

On the men’s side, All-American Dick shattered his personal best in the shot put with a mark of 48-04.75. The throw beat his previous high set at this season’s Carol Robinson of 45-09.75 and placed him fifth overall in the event.

Also with a personal best effort was Kregers in the pole vault, as he cleared 14-07.25.

Jharyl Bowry won his second long jump of the season with a mark of 24-09.75.

Alyssa Kelly completed the sweep for the Wildcats in the long jump with a jump of 18-06.00.

On the track, winning performances came from Dane Steen in the 200 meters, Kain Ellis in the 1,000 meters and Audrey Schmitz in the 3,000 meters.

Rounding out the top-finishes were Zack Riley in the high jump and Cameron Savage in the pole vault, as Riley picked up his first win of the season and Savage his second.

With the final home indoor meet complete for the Wildcats, the Big 12 Indoor Championship in Ames, Iowa, awaits K-State next week — Feb. 28 to March 1.

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