Track and field finish Steve Miller Open in preparation for Big 12 Indoor Championships

Freshman pole vaulter, Edgaras Benkunskas, vaults at the Track & Field Steve Miller Open, in Ahearn Field House. Edgaras earned a runner-up finish with a personal record. (Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

The track and field teams competed in the Steve Miller Open in Ahearn Field House, their last competition in preparation for the Big 12 Conference Indoor Championships next week.

The meet in Manhattan was host to programs from Emporia State, Haskell, Oklahoma City, Langston and Washburn.

In the men’s high jump, freshman Kyle Alcine claimed the event for K-State with a jump at 2.14 meters/7-00.25″.

Senior Sam Dreiling ran unattached and won the men’s pole vault at a height of 4.90 meters. Freshman Edgaras Benkunskas got runner-up at 4.75 meters, a personal record. Sophomore Chandler Heid finished in third with a distance of 4.45 meters.

In her first attempt, sophomore Jessica Williams finished with a mark of 3.50 meters in the women’s pole vault.

The shot put saw victories from seniors Ashley Petr and Cameron Lewis. Petr threw for 14.66 meters and Lewis finished with a throw of 16.71 meters.

Junior Angelo Gordon and senior Konstantina Romaiou claimed the men’s and women’s triple jump events with distances of 14.61 meters and 12.02 meters, respectively.

The Wildcats had eight wins on the track from several participants. Senior Lauren Taubert finished with a time of 8.42 in the 60-meter hurdles, a personal best. In the 3,000 meter race, senior Anna Keeley and freshman Jack Thomas took home the top sports. Keeley clinched the win for the women’s side with a time of 10:42.76 and Thomas ran the men’s race with a time of 8:39.43.

Seniors Helene Ingvaldsen in the weight throw, Wurrie Njadoe in the 60-meters and Travis Hodge running the 800 meter claimed their events as well.

The Wildcats will next compete in the Big 12 Indoor Championships on Feb. 28 to Feb. 29 in Ames, Iowa.

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