Track and field hosts DeLoss Dodds Invitational

Participating in the shot put, then-junior Kyle Parr throws the shot 10.88m, placing fourth during the Carol Robinson/Attila Zsivoczky Pentathlon in Ahearn on Dec. 7, 2018. (Archive photo by Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State held the DeLoss Dodds Invitational in Ahearn Field House on Friday and Saturday. As the Wildcats have done all season at every meet they competed in, several events were claimed by K-State, and personal bests were set.

In three different types of competition on Friday, five athletes for K-State finished in the top four of the heptathlon.

Freshmen Maddie Righter, Pippa Earley and Kindel Nordhus earned honors in the heptathlon. Righter won the event in the high jump, Earley competed in the 800-meter taking third and Nordhus placed fourth.

Safiya John of Arkansas-Pine Bluff claimed the women’s pentathlon. John had 3,689 points to win the event.

On the men’s side of the heptathlon, sophomore Matas Adamonis led the group with 2,143 points. Senior Kyle Parr also competed in three events alongside Adamonis and finished second with 2,072 points.

Parr claimed the long jump event for the Wildcats with a distance of 6.85 meters, while Adamonis won the men’s shot put with a throw of 13.79 meters.

Senior Helene Ingvaldsen won the women’s weight throw with a throw of 20.46 meters, and junior Colin Echols placed second in the men’s competition.

On Saturday, a big highlight was Parr’s continued dominance; he claimed the overall win in the men’s heptathlon with 4,962 points.

Parr passed Adamonis with three consecutive event wins to move ahead of his teammate. In the 1,000-meter race, Parr ran a time of 2:48.03.

Senior Lauren Taubert recorded a time of 8.45 in the 60-meter hurdles. This time moves Taubert to eighth all-time in K-State program history. Fellow senior Wurrie Njadoe claimed the women’s 60-meter race for the Wildcats.

Sophomore Alex Ferguson finished the women’s 600-yard dash three minutes ahead of the rest of her competition. Ferguson finished the race with a time of 1:23.13.

The Wildcats swept the 1000-meter race with Sophomore Kassidy Johnson and senior Travis Hodge claimed the event.

After their success at their second indoor meet of the season, K-State will look to prepare for its next meet starting Friday, Jan. 31 at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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