WICHITA, Kan. – The Kansas State track and field team stayed close to home this week after a series of meets in Arizona and Texas recently as the Wildcats took on a number of regional teams at the K.T. Woodman Classic in Wichita. The Wildcats left Cessna Stadium with seven victories on a day that saw a number of fast times due to the high tailwinds during the competition to go with a handful of big throws and jumps in the field events.
All three of the wins on the men’s side came in the field events as senior pole vaulter Cameron Savage continued his recent success. For the third meet in a row Savage improved on his best mark while at K-State clearing the bar at a height of 5.16 meters (16-11.00). That marks ties him for third place in school history as well. Sophomore Tommy Brady was close behind him in fifth place with a clearance of 4.71 meters (15-05.50).
Ryan Hershberger posted the first win of the day for the men in the shot put as he tallied a toss of 17.23 meters (56-06.50) as he was about a foot off of his best mark of the season.
Newcomer Jharyl Bowry had a big mark in the long jump to get a win for the Wildcats. The junior college national champion a year, Bowry had a leap of 7.61 meters (24-11.75) but the mark was not eligible for records at K-State as it was wind-aided with gusts of 5.0 meters per second at the time of his jump. It would have ranked as a season best mark and improve his standing on the all-time list at K-State.
The Wildcats dominated the men’s long jump with freshmen Ifeanyi Otuonye and Tyris Jefferson finishing second and third behind Bowry, respectively. Both of their marks were wind-aided as well.
On the women’s side the wins were more on the sprints side with the Wildcats winning both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
The group of Ashley Williams, Richelle Farley, Erica Twiss and Jasmine Gibbs combined to run 45.44 seconds in the 4x100 and win fairly handily with Missouri State finishing second in 46.08. K-State dominated the 4x400 as well winning by more than three seconds with Sonia Gaskin, Sarah Kolmer, Williams and Tia Gamble combining to run 3:47.63 in the windy conditions.
K-State’s other win in the sprints came from Gaskin in the 400 meters. The mid-distance runner broke away from her usual 800 meters for individual races to run the 400 and posted a win in 54.21 seconds to rank in the top 10 in school history. Fellow freshman Gamble finished sixth in the 400 meters.
Redshirt freshman Dani Winters posted the other victory for the women as she had her best mark ever in the shot put. Winters won with a toss of 15.61 meters (51-02.75) to crush the field and win by nearly 10 feet. Her mark also ranks fifth in school history as it is an improvement of more than two feet.
The throwing events were an area where the Wildcats saw a lot of success on the weekend with Winters finishing fifth in the discus. She was joined by Jacquelyne Leffler in second and Jessica Carter in third. For the men Alex Roe finished fourth in the hammer throw, and Hershberger took third in the discus. Freshman Sara Savatovic took second in the women’s hammer throw.
K-State also had some of its distance runners in action over the weekend with some competing Friday night under the lights to open the meet with sophomore Erika Schiller highlighting the performances with a new personal record in the 1,500 meters to finish sixth. Redshirt freshman Celsey Beneda had a PR as well in the women’s javelin on Friday night.
The Wildcats will be spread across the country next week with some headed to the annual Kansas Relays in Lawrence while another larger group is headed to the West Coast for a series of meet. K-State will compete in the Mt. SAC Relays, Cal State L.A. Twilight Open and Long Beach Invitational.