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Wildcats set multiple meet records at ESU Open

By The Mercury

EMPORIA — The K-State track and field team spent Wednesday night at the ESU Mid-Week Open as the Wildcats are making their final preparations for next week’s Big 12 Championships.

K-State came away with five meet records and three marks that rank among the best in school history as well while winning a total of 11 events.

Erica Twiss had an impressive day for the Wildcats as she posted two new personal records to rank among the best in K-State history in both. Twiss finished second in both the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles. She clocked in 13.86 seconds in the 100 hurdles to shave some time off her PR and rank eighth in school history. She backed that up with a time of 59.43 seconds in the 400 hurdles and moved up to fourth in school history.

K-State’s first meet record on the day went to Cameron Savage in the pole vault when he cleared 5.05 meters (16-06.75) to improve the previous meet record by half a meter.

One of K-State’s other meet records came in the field events as freshman Alyssa Kelly tallied a mark of 11.78 meters (38-07.75) in the triple jump.

Sprinter Carlos Rodriguez claimed victory in the 400 meters, crossing the finish line in 47.05 seconds for a meet record. Freshman Ashley Williams ran a meet-record time in the women’s 100 meters, as she bested the field with a time of 12.11 seconds. Kelly was behind her in second place at 12.64.

The men dominated the 100 meters as well, taking the top three spots with Grant Loescher, Dane Steen and Magnus Scott finishing in that order.

K-State had all four of its decathletes in action in a few events, tuning up for the Big 12 meet, and the group combined to post a meet record in the 4x400 relay as well. The team of Tomas Kirielius, Devin Dick, Reinis Kregers and Tony Granillo combined to run 3:21.54 and hold off Emporia State.

The Wildcats dominated a number of events on Wednesday night, seeing the men take the top four spots in the 200 meters and long jump. The women took places two through five in the 400-meter hurdles and two through five in the 200 meters.

Throwers also performed well with Jacquelyne Leffler winning the discus and Jessica Carter close behind in third place. Sara Savatovic took second in the hammer throw for the women and Dani Winters was third in the shot put.

Ryan Hershberger won the men’s shot put at 17.20 meters (56-05.25). Alex Roe finished second in the men’s hammer throw and posted a new PR for the second straight meet at 55.50 meters (182-01). Kirielius also took second in the javelin for the men.

K-State’s only distance runner in action Wednesday was Ryan Hershner and he paced the field with a PR in the 800 meters. Hershner crossed the line in 1:55.62 to win by nearly 3 seconds.

The Wildcats are not scheduled to compete at any other meets this week as they prepare for the Big 12 Championships next week in Waco, Texas.

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