Savatovic finishes 1st at Drake Relays

By The Mercury

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Kansas State track and field team finished its final road trip of the regular season at the Drake Relays on Saturday. 

K-State’s fourth day of action at Drake Stadium was highlighted by a first-place performance by Sara Savatovic in the hammer throw, as well as school Top-10 mark by the women’s distance medley relay team.

Competing for only the third time this outdoor season, Savatovic finished with an event-best throw of 60.53m/198-07.00.  She was the only athlete to surpass 60 meters, as second-place finisher, Carley Fehringer of Wayne State, finished less than a meter behind Savatovic at 59.56m/195-05.00.

For Savatovic, it was her second victory in the hammer this season, as well as the fifth time in young career that she has registered a mark more than 60 meters in distance.

Senior Alex Roe took 11th with a mark of 56.70m/186-00.00 on the men’s side in the hammer. Roe narrowly missed the cut of advancing to the finals, registering only one mark on three attempts in the preliminary round.

In the women’s triple jump, Alyssa Kelly placed 12th and tied her non-wind aided season-best mark of 12.09m/39-08.00. It was the first time in four meets that Kelly failed to finish within the event’s top-five.

Lastly, Ryan Hershberger took 22nd in the men’s shot put. The senior registered a mark of 16.06m/52-08.25 in his final attempt of the afternoon to avoid fouling out of the event.

In the women’s distance medley relay, Marija Stambolic, Erica Twiss, Sonia Gaskin and Mary Frances Donnelly set the sixth-best mark in school history, finishing seventh in a time of 11:33.01.

Stambolic and Donnelly took the 1,200-meter and 1,600-legs of the relay, respectively, while Twiss and Gaskin ran the 400-meter and 800-meter portions.

The time was the fastest by a K-State women’s DMR team since the 2011 Drake Relays when Martina Tresch, TiAra Walpool, Laura Lee Baird and Sydney Messick teamed up to finish in a time of 11:29.27.

In the men’s DMR, the team of Logan Smith, Kyle Hanson, Kain Ellis and Ryan Hershner finished 15th in a time of 10:12.78. Like the women, it was the first time this year the men’s team had competed in a DMR.

Rounding out the action on the track was Morgan Wedekind in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The freshman finished 12th in a time of 10:49.21, less than 3 seconds off her season-best time of 10:46.28 set at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.

With road competition done until the championship meets, the Wildcats will close out the regular season with back-to-back home meets.

First up will be the Ward Haylett Invitational on this Saturday, as K-State will play host to Air Force Academy, Kansas and Wichita State in a team-scored meet.

Admission to the invitational is free and will begin at 11 a.m. with the women’s javelin throw.

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