Wildcats second at Bill Bergan Invitational

By The Mercury

AMES, Iowa – A day after the Kansas State track and field team put its talents on display in the multi-events at the Bill Bergan Invitational, the men’s and women’s teams showed they can be major players this season, each finishing second in the team-scored meet and turning in some of the top performances in school history.

The men scored 51.50 points on the day to trail only No. 18 Minnesota by 10.50. K-State’s women finished second with 63.50 points and fell to Wisconsin by 7.50.

Tomaz Bogovic opened the day, as he continued his dominance in the weight throw, winning his third straight meet.

For the women, Chelsie Bonds finished fourth with her best throw of the season at 18.22m (59-09.50).

Late in the afternoon, Ryan Hershberger put together another shining performance for K-State in the throwing events. He posted a personal best mark of 17.64m (57-10.00) to finish third for the Wildcats.

The successes kept pouring in for the Wildcats in the field events, as freshmen Alyx Treasure and Joslyn Barnes both cleared 1.75m (5-08.75) and claimed second and third, respectively, based on misses toward the team standings.

Erik Kynard again flew above the competition in the high jump, as he cleared 2.25m (7-04.50) but could not clear 7-06.50 in his second competition of the season. Second place went to Derek Alderks of Iowa State.

K-State tallied a win for the women’s team with juco transfer Richelle Farley jumping past the field in the long jump. Her leap of 5.74m (18-10.00) is a new personal record for her and was more than a foot longer than the entire field. Freshman Sarah Kolmer claimed fifth in the triple jump, and sophomore Julia Zeiner took sixth to each score for the Wildcats.

When the running events began at noon, the Wildcats were still posting impressive results to advance a number to the finals and claim wins and score more points for the team. Points were awarded to the top six finishers in each event with schools only allowed to have two athletes earn points for their respective teams in an event.

Boglarka Bozzay ran a new PR in the mile, as she ran her fastest time yet in 4:42.03 to defeat Missouri’s Laura Roxberg by just over two seconds. The time was more than four seconds faster than her previous best in the event, but it cannot count toward the school rankings due to Iowa State’s oversized track.

Martina Tresch also ran hard for the Wildcats in the mile, placing third to give K-State a total of 10 points toward the team scoring in the women’s mile.

Later in the women’s 800 meters, Bozzay posted her second victory of the meet. This time she beat South Dakota’s Emma Ladwig to the finish line by just under a second, crossing in 2:08.68. It marks the second straight week Bozzay has won two events at a meet.

The Wildcats posted fast times in the sprints as well with Samantha McKnight breaking her personal record for the second straight week in the 60-meter dash.

McKnight ran the fastest time in preliminaries and proceeded to improve on that time in the final, crossing the line in 7.62 seconds to shave .01 off her PR and remain eighth on the K-State list. The day kept going well for McKnight in the 200 meters, as she finished third for the Wildcats to again score points for the team. This time she crossed the line in 25.31 seconds to hold off a charge by Marquette’s Chanel Franklin.

Newcomer Carlos Rodriguez made his K-State debut in the 60 meters, and the Puerto Rican sprinter already put his name among the best at K-State. Rodriguez finished second with his time of 6.78 seconds, which ties for eighth in school history. Senior Martynas Jurgilas crossed the line in 6.98 seconds to finish fifth for K-State. Jurgilas also ran well in the 200 meters where he finished third clocking in at 21.83 seconds.

In the 60-meter hurdles, the Wildcats again proved to be among the fastest at the meet. Jeffrey Julmis won the men’s race with his time of 7.92 seconds in his second competition of the season. Freshman Tarique Hill also claimed fifth, clocking in at 8.17 for his fastest time as a Wildcat. Four women advanced to the final in the hurdles, but only two are allowed to score points toward the team standings. Mairead Murphy ran her fastest time as a Wildcat at 8.66 seconds with Farley right on her tail at 8.68 to finish 2-3 overall. Ryann Krais took fourth, and Erica Twiss was seventh.

K-State coach Cliff Rovelto said he was impressed with his team and in particular with the performance Bozzay had in winning two events. He also liked how the combined events women responded in their events Saturday after competing in the pentathlon on Friday.

“The female combined event gals did a nice job coming back and running the hurdles and 4x4,” Rovelto said. “Bozzay looked very good and had a very impressive double winning the mile and 800. Samantha McKnight had another PR, and Carlos looked very good in the first meet of his life indoors.”

The tandem of Cameron Savage and Kyle Wait had another good day in the pole vault as each cleared 5.00m (16-04.75). Savage tallied his second straight win in the event, and Wait finished third based on misses.

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