LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas State track and field had two meets on the schedule on Friday with one group on the West Coast and one just down the road in Lawrence at two of the longest running and most prestigious meets in the nation running this week. The Wildcats posted two runner-up finishes at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., and another at the Kansas Relays.
Ryan Hershberger highlighted the performances for the Wildcats at the Kansas Relays as he posted his best toss of the season in the shot put. Hershberger finished second with a mark of 17.87 meters (58-07.50) to trail Nebraska’s Chad Wright by only four centimeters.
K-State saw three personal records on Friday at the Kansas Relays with Jake Darrington finishing sixth in the javelin with a throw of 62.08 meters (203-08). Ivan Hartung finished third for K-State at 65.67 meters (215-05). The other PRs came from Avery Loyd in the women’s 400 meter hurdles with the sophomore finishing in 1:05.58 and Devin Dick ran 15.13 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles.
At the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday, Tarique Hill ran his fastest time in the 110 meter hurdles. He clocked in at 14.04 seconds to move into ninth in school history. The women saw some success in the hurdles as well but in the tandem fashion. K-State finished second in the 100 meter shuttle hurdles with the team of Richelle Farley, Erica Twiss, Jordan Matthews and Sarah Kolmer finishing second in 56.89 seconds.
The women also ran a solid time in the 4x400 relay as Kolmer, Twiss and Matthews joined up with Sonia Gaskin to finish third in 3:39.16. The time ranks seventh in school history.
K-State was also in action at both the Kansas Relays and Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday with those results coming in late.
The distance runners ran well in California with Fernando Roman finishing fourth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 9:08.60. Meanwhile, sophomore Erika Schiller ran a new PR time of 10:48.70 to finish sixth and improve her hold on third fastest in school history. Senior Martina Tresch ran a time of 10:11.95 in the steeplechase in an Olympic Development heat to finish fourth in her first steeplechase of the season.
Thursday’s action at the Kansas Relays was highlighted by Alex Roe posting a new personal record in the men’s hammer throw. He finished sixth with a throw of 55.16m (181-00) to solidify his hold on 10th in school history as well. Logan Smith ran a good time late at night in the 800 meters, clocking in at 1:56.64 to finish fourth.
The Wildcats also were scheduled to compete at the Cal State L.A. Twilight Open on Thursday. That meet was cancelled shortly after starting due to an emergency evacuation of campus. The Wildcats had not begun competition but were at the facility for warm-ups and were able to leave the venue safely and return to their hotel without any harm.
K-State will be back in action for the final day at the Kansas Relays and Mt. SAC Relays again on Saturday. Both will have live streaming online for a fee. One event gaining attention heading into the competition is the men’s elite invitational high jump that will pit senior Erik Kynard against three Olympians from the London Olympic Games this summer and another jumper from the 2008 Olympics who was injured last year. That event is slated to start at 6 p.m. central with FloTrack.org providing online coverage of the meet.
Live results are also available at mtsacrelays.com and kuathletics.com for the respective meets.