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Twiss, Petry PR in Wildcats’ final home track meet

By The Mercury

The Kansas State track and field team wrapped up its home slate Saturday with the Wildcat Open.

K-State’s final meet before the Big 12 Championships, the Wildcats’ effort was highlighted by personal-best efforts from Erica Twiss in the long jump and Kristen Petry in the pole vault.

Twiss finished the home stretch on a high note, as the the senior bested a field of eight athletes, leaping 6.37m/20-10.75 to take first at the R.V. Christian Track Complex.

Twiss’ mark is now third-best in school history and the second-best in the Big 12 this season. It’s her second win in the event this season. 

Petry put in a career-best effort in the women’s pole vault, finishing fourth with a height cleared of 3.50m/11-05.75. The Satellite Beach, Fla., native moved into the No. 10 spot in K-State history with her mark, becoming the first women’s pole vaulter since Meriel Harwood in 2011 to crack the event’s Top 10.

Freshman Rhys Powell took first in the men’s 400-meter dash in a season-best time of 49.11 seconds. It’s his first-career win in the event and the second time this outdoor season he has turned in a sub-50-second time. Kaneil Harrison and Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye finished third and fourth, respectively.

K-State had several runner-up performances on Saturday too, as Logan Smith and Marie Taylor both finished second in their respective 800s, while freshman Lucas Demott took second in the 1.500 meters.

Angela Hart was second in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking in at 14.10 seconds.

Kyle Wait was second in the pole vault, while Tommy Brady tied for sixth. Wait cleared the bar at 5.25m/17-02.75 before bowing out in three attempts at 5.40m/17-08.50.

Winning the event was former NCAA Outdoor Champion and Kansas Jayhawk, Jordan Scott.

Alex Roe took fifth in the hammer throw, while Kyle Smith and Kale Mueller finished sixth and ninth, respectively.

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