Track and field get four first-place finishes at Iowa State Classic and Tyson Invite

Then-sophmore Tejaswin Shankar clears the bar in the men's high jump during the Steve Miller Open. The meet was held inside Ahearn Field House on the Wyatt Haylett Indoor Track on Feb. 16, 2019. (File Photo by Rowan Jones | Collegian Media Group)

Between competition on Friday and Saturday, the track and field teams recorded four first-place finishes between the two competitions they were split-up at: the Iowa State Classic and the Tyson Invitational.

At the Iowa State Classic, senior Kimisha Chambers, junior Shaelyn Ward and freshman Edgaras Benkunskas all won their respective events. Senior Taishia Pryce claimed the long jump at the Tyson Invitational for Kansas State.

In the long jump, Benkunskas recorded a personal best distance of 7.10 meters, beating three other competitors from Northern Iowa.

Chambers finished the women’s 400-meter run in 53.69. This moves Chambers to fourth all-time for K-State.

Ward claimed the women’s weight throw with a throw of 19.84 meters, beating her personal best in the event.

At the Tyson Invitational, Pryce recorded a distance of 6.65 meters in the long jump. She also secured the title of second all-time at K-State.

Other top-five performances came from senior Ariel Okorie and sophomore Vitoria Alves who got third and fifth in the long jump event at the Iowa State Classic. Okorie had a jump of 5.76 meters and Alves had a jump for 5.76 meters.

Junior Colin Echols threw for 18.97 meters in the men’s weight throw, good enough for second place.

Freshman Madeline Righter took fourth in the women’s high jump at 1.72 meters. Sophomore Antoni Hoyte-Small ran the men’s 600 yard race in 1:10.89 for second overall in the event.

In the 3,000 meter race, the freshman duo of Jaybe Shufelberger and Emma Lucas finished the event in 9:46.02 for sixth place and in 9:50.53 for 11th, respectively.

The track and field teams will host the Steve Miller Open on Feb. 22 in Ahearn Field House.

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