Freshmen shine in Nebraska track and field invitational

K-State junior Kyle Parr clears 1.88 meters in the men's high jump during the Carol Robinson/Attila Zsivoczky Pentathlon in Ahearn on Dec. 7, 2018. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

Two Kansas State track and field freshmen had great showings at the 44th annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Freshman Alex Ferguson was the first Wildcat to win her event, taking first in the 600-meter run, finishing at 1:30.35 and leading the entire race. This is her third win in the event this season.

In the women’s mile run, freshman Kassidy Johnson won with a time of 4:52.03, which was a personal best for her. She ran in control of the race for most of it before out-hoofing her competitors in the final lap.

“I feel good about where we are in the season, three weeks out from conference,” assistant coach Ryun Godfrey said to K-State Sports. “I thought we had some good performances today.”

Those were the only two victories, but 11 K-State athletes had personal bests in their meet up north.

The Wildcats had some success in the 3,000-meter run, where they had three individuals from the men’s team achieve personal bests.

In the 3,000-meter race, sophomore Ethan Powell finished at 8:19.98, which was good enough for second place. Freshman Kerby Depenbusch followed this performance and ended at 8:32.07 in 15th, and Pierce Flanders finished at 8:59.64 which put him in 27th overall.

In the men’s 200-meter race, junior Jullane Walker won his morning heat on Saturday and placed 14th overall with a time of 21.58 seconds. This was good enough for seventh all-time best in K-State history.

In the men’s heptathlon, freshman Matas Adamonis and junior Kyle Parr both finished the 60-meter hurdles and 1,000-meter races. Adamonis had a personal best in the pentathlon pole vault finishing at 4.22 meters. Parr finished the day with 818 points in the event and had a strong outing overall.

Next up for the track teams is a trip to Lubbock, Texas, for the Texas Tech Shootout on Feb. 8 and 9.