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Wildcats dominate at Winter Invitational

By The Mercury

The Kansas State track and field team closed out the weekend with a dominating performance on Saturday at the Winter Invitational in Ahearn Field House.

For the day, the Wildcats set one international record, two school records and four meet records.

Sophomore Sara Savatovic started the day’s field events by breaking her previous Serbian National Record (18.37m/60-03.25) twice in the weight throw. She broke the record with her first throw of the event, a mark of 19.07m (62-06.00), then bested that mark in the final round with a throw of 19.58m (64-03.00). The effort was good for fifth all-time in school history.

Adding to Savatovic’s record-breaking performances were Carlos Rodriguez, Tia Gamble and Sonia Gaskin in the meet’s running events.

Rodriguez, for the second-straight year, broke the school record in the 300 meters with a time of 33.60 seconds. He also took top honors in the 60 meters, finishing in 6.72 seconds — sixth in school history.

For the women, Gamble took the school and meet records in the women’s 300 meters with a time of 39.44 — beating the entire field by more than a full second. Gaskin then set the meet record in the 600-yard run in a time of 1:22.32.

Both athletes, along with Erica Twiss and Sarah Kolmer, then combined to set the meet record in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:46.71.

Savatovic, Gamble, Gaskin and Rodriguez were only a few of the long list of Wildcats who had successful days.

Senior Ryan Hershberger took first in the men’s weight throw (16.60m/54-05.50) and shot put (17.73m/58-02.00), while Dani Winters took top honors in the women’s shot put.

Junior Alyx Treasure, in her first action in more than a year, finished first in the high jump (1.80m/5-10.75), while Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye took first in the men’s long jump (7.27m/23-00.25).

The trio of Kyle Wait (4.90m/16-00.75), Cameron Savage (4.75m/15-07.00) and Tommy Brady (J4.60m/15-01.00) swept the men’s pole vault and Devin Field won the triple jump with a mark of 14.50m (47-07.00).

Junior Logan Smith rounded the Wildcats’ strong performances with a personal best and first-place finish in the men’s 1,000-meters in a time of 2:28.93.

Other Wildcats that set personal bests included Dane Steen in the 60 meters (6.88), Christopher Campbell in the 300 meters (34.56 – fouth in school history) and Alyssa Kelly in the long jump (5.71m/18-09.00).

Erica Twiss wins winter pentathlon

The K-State track and field team got the season started with a strong showing on Friday at the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlonon in Ahearn Field House.

Senior Erica Twiss won the women’s pentathlon and freshman Adam Deterding finished second in the men’s event. Also competing for the Wildcats were juniors Sarah Kolmer and Joslyn Barnes, who finished second and third, respectively. Devin Dick and Reinis Kregers competed on the men’s side.

Twiss, who picked up her first-career first-place finish in a pentathlon as a Wildcat, set personal bests in points — 3,905 — the high jump — 1.72m (5-07.75) — and 800 meters — 2:18.76. The senior started off extremely strong with a time of 8.57 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, just missing her personal best time of 8.56. In all, Twiss won four out of the five events on the day.

Finishing right behind Twiss were Kolmer and Barnes. For Kolmer, she also set a personal-best in points with 3,636, as well as in the long jump — 5.41m (17-09.00) — and shot put — 12.70m (41-08.00). Her effort in the shot put was good enough for a first-place finish.

Barnes, competing in the Carol Robinson for the first time, tied with Twiss for first in the high jump in an entertaining back-and-forth match up. Both Twiss and Barnes cleared 1.72 meters on their third and final tries. Barnes elected to continue at 1.75, but was unable to clear the bar.

On the men’s side, freshman Adam Deterding performed exceptionally well in his first-career action as a Wildcat. The Hays native set a personal-best in the long jump with a mark of 6.32 meters (20-09.00) and won his 60-meter hurdles heat convincingly in a time of 8.48 seconds.

Setting a personal-best as well was Dick in the shot put with a mark of 13.96 meters (45-09.75). The returning senior All-American got off to a strong start in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.37 seconds — more than a half second better than any other runner in his heat.

Dick continued his success in the long jump and shot put, winning three out of the four events he competed in on the day. He was unable to compete in the 1,000 meters due to having to take a final.

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