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K-State track and field shines in Friday action

By The Mercury

It was another successful day on the day for the Kansas State track and field team, and at two different meets Friday, including a first-place finish by high jumper Erik Kynard.

The Wildcats sent a group to the Don Kirby Elite Invitational at New Mexico and posted a series of impressive showings, while another group at the Iowa State Classic came away from Ames with more strong numbers against regional competition.

Kynard was up against one of the strongest fields assembled this season in the high jump. Five of the top 20 jumpers were in New Mexico and he came away with another victory. Kynard struggled early with his approach missing a few attempts at lower heights than normal.

After taking three attempts to get over 2.18 meters (7-01.75), Kynard made an adjustment as was able to clear his next two heights on first attempts. He then went over 2.28 meters (7-05.75) on his third attempt before missing three attempts at trying to raise the highest jump in the NCAA this season to 2.31 meters (7-07.00).

Zack Riley also was in that field in the high jump. He entered the meet ranked No. 12 in the NCAA and came away in a tie for fifth place with a clearance of 2.18 meters.

K-State’s top sprinters were in action at New Mexico, as Tarique Hill advanced to the championship final in the 60-meter hurdles with his time of 7.99 seconds in the preliminaries.

Samantha McKnight improved her PR to 7.57 seconds to advance to the championship final in the women’s 60-meter dash.

Ashley Williams advanced to the consolation final in the 60 meters, running the preliminaries in 7.61 seconds.

Carlos Rodriguez pulled away from his heat in the preliminaries in the men’s 60 meters and clocked in at 6.73 seconds, the second fastest time in prelims. 

The women moved beyond the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles to the consolation final as, Richelle Farley ran 8.47 seconds.

Erica Twiss made a big improvement on her fastest time of the season in the prelims as she ran 8.77.

In those finals, Hill again improved his PR, finishing fifth overall in 7.94 seconds.

McKnight ran just off her fast time from the prelims to finish ninth in the 60 meters at 7.58 seconds. Twiss again improved her time in the hurdles for the season at 8.67 to finish 10th. Farley took seventh.

Rodriguez ran faster in his final as well, clocking in at 6.69 seconds to take second place.

Newcomer Jharyl Bowry took sixth in the long jump with his leap of 7.40 meters (24-03.50).

At Iowa State, distance runner Martina Tresch provided one of the main highlights from Friday’s action at Iowa State as she finished second in the women’s mile with a 4:52.18.

Erika Schiller gave the distance runners at Iowa State another big showing with her fifth-place finish in the 5,000 meters. She crossed the line in 17:24.29.

Freshman Mary Frances Donnelley continued her steady improvement as she finished sixth in the 800 meters.

The sprinters competing at Iowa State also had some of their best performances of the season. Angela Hart claimed fifth in the 400 meters.

Dane Steen finished ninth in the 60 meters.

Grant Loescher also was just off his best time, finishing 14th.

Loescher finished third in the 200 meters in 21.86 seconds.

In field events, sophomore Tommy Brady kept his strong season going as well, finishing in a tie for third.

Cenarda Jackson finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 5.37 meters (17-07.50).

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