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Twiss named Big 12 Athlete of the Week

By The Mercury

For the first time in her career, Kansas State’s Erica Twiss was named Big 12 Athlete of the Week on Wednesday for her personal-best performance at the Wildcat Open this past weekend.

Competing in the long jump, the senior finished first with a leap of 6.37m/20-10.75.

She is the third K-State athlete to earn the weekly award this outdoor season, joining Reinis Kregers and Carlos Rodriguez.

The first-place effort by Twiss was not only a personal best, but moved her to No. 3 all-time in the K-State Top 10. Her mark was the best by a K-State athlete in the event since Nina Kokot tied a school record of 6.38m/20-11.25 at the 2011 NCAA Championships.

The Carrollton, Texas, native is currently second in the Big 12, third in the Division-I West Region and ninth in the country. This is also the second time this season Twiss has set a PR in the event outdoors.

The weekly accolade adds to an exceptional season by the senior. Already with a Big 12 title in the pentathlon during the indoor season, Twiss has set personal bests in four total events outdoors — 200-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles, 400H and long jump — with each PR, except for the 200 meters, ranking within its respective top five in school history.

The Wildcats are in Lubbock, Texas, this week for the Big 12 Championships, set to begin Friday.

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