Kansas State heptathlete Ryann Krais has had the most successful season of her career since becoming a Wildcat and beginning to train with K-State head coach Cliff Rovelto.
This weekend she heads back to where the transformation started at the Thorpe Cup as part of the USA contingency in the annual USA vs. Germany combined events meet.
The Thorpe Cup will be held at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., on Saturday and Sunday and pits a group of Americans in the decathlon and heptathlon against men’s and women’s teams from Germany.
Last year at this meet, Krais finished second with her score of 5,779 points. At the time, it was a personal best for Krais, who has posted personal records in four straight heptathlons counting last year’s Thorpe Cup under Rovelto’s direction.
Krais PR’d again at the Texas Relays this spring, finishing second. She then went on to win the NCAA Championship with another personal record score. She followed that with a runner-up finish at USA Championships, cracking the 6,000-point threshold and just missing a spot on Team USA at the World Championships based on qualifying standards.
The senior-to-be will not be without familiar company, as K-State volunteer assistant coach Bettie Wade will also be competing. Wade won the Thorpe Cup last year in Marburg, Germany, and claimed fourth at the USA Championships in June. K-State athletic trainer Nobu Takashima also will be serving as a trainer for the American team again this year.