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Wildcats’ multi program shows its depth

By The Mercury

With the women’s multi program on display at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., the Kansas State Wildcats did not disappoint with senior Ryann Krais leading the way with a fourth-place finish and placing higher than any collegiate athlete in the field.

Krais scored 5,694 points over the two days of action in the heptathlon to trail only three professional athletes.

K-State’s newcomers all put together strong performances as well for the Wildcats with senior transfer Mairead Murphy claiming sixth place with 5,315 points. Junior college transfer Richelle Farley was not far behind with 5,077 points and a 10th-place finish. Freshman Joslyn Barnes took advantage of her strong jumping abilities to finish 12th.

Murphy, Farley and Barnes all cracked the school’s top 10 performance list with Krais already holding the No. 2 spot in K-State history from last season.

In addition to the Wildcats who cracked the school’s top 10 list, freshman Sarah Kolmer also scored big with 4,988 points to stand 11th on the list and take 13th place at the meet.

Wildcats claim 12 wins

at Texas, Emporia State

Saturday was another day with big numbers posted at the 85th Annual Texas Relays, and two Wildcats were among those performances. After K-State’s sprinters just missed out on qualifying for Saturday’s finals, the Wildcats again showed why they are considered one of the top high jumping programs in the nation.

Junior Erik Kynard won the men’s high jump with his leap of 7-03.00 (2.21 meters). He bested a pair of jumpers from Indiana in Darius King and Derek Drouin. King finished third at the NCAA Indoor Championship, and Drouin swept the 2010 high jump titles and won indoors in 2011 before redshirting outdoor last year and indoor this year.

For the women, freshman Alyx Treasure was the top collegiate in the field, as she finished second to four-time Olympian Amy Acuff.

Both high jump events featured a number of athletes who competed recently at the NCAA Indoor Championship with Kynard and Treasure each jumping better than their competitors who bested them three weeks ago.

The impressive performances were not limited to the Lonestar State for the Wildcats. A large group from the K-State team took on the competition at the ESU Open hosted by Emporia State and came away with 10 wins and seven runners-up. The Wildcats won 11 of the 17 events they were entered at the ESU Open.

K-State’s victories at Emporia were highlighted by a sweep of the 100 meters. Senior Martynas Jurgilas won the men’s race with his time of 10.43 seconds in his first race of the outdoor season. Kim Haberman had strong day for the Cats, as she won the women’s 100 meters in 12.17 seconds. She also won the women’s long jump with a big leap of 19-02.00.

Freshman Sophia Alonso continued to make an impact for the team in her first season wearing purple, as she won the 200, clocking in at 24.62 seconds. She also ran the opening leg of the women’s 4x100 relay that claimed another victory. Alonso teamed up with Haberman, Edina Brooks and Cenarda Jackson to defeat Emporia State by nearly four-tenths of a second. Jackson was one of the Wildcats to take home second place, as she finished close behind Haberman in the 100.

The men crossed the line first in the 4x400 with the tandem of Chris Campbell, Franciso Colomar, Ashton Draper and Luke Hibbeler besting ESU by more than 3 seconds. Colomar also won the 400-meter hurdles with Hibbeler in second. Campbell also took second in the men’s 200.

K-State shined in the field events as well at the ESU Open with three of the Wildcats’ wins coming in the high jump, pole vault and hammer throw. Sophomore Brooke Sharp posted her best jump as a Wildcat, clearing 5-05.25 (1.66m) to take the win while freshman Tommy Brady improved on his PR in the pole vault, winning at 15-07.00 (4.75m). Tomaz Bogovic continued his strong opening to the outdoor season, winning the hammer throw with a toss just shy of 200 feet.

Throwing events were a strong point for KSU again with Bogovic leading the way with his victory in the hammer throw. In addition to his win, K-State posted three runners-up in throwing events. Senior Chelsie Bonds was second in the hammer throw and Ryan Johnson was next behind Bogovic. Sophomore Ryan Hershberger was second in the discus, finishing just ahead of K-State assistant coach Steve Fritz, who was competing unattached. Hershberger also won his best event as he took gold in the shot put.

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