In its first trip out of the state, K-State’s Track and Field saw several top-five finishers.
Over the weekend, the Wildcats competed in the Texas Tech Open and Multis at the Sports Performance Center in Lubbock, Texas. On the first day of competition, K-State tallied seven top-five finishes, including a first-place finish in the men’s long jump.
Freshman Kavian Kerr made sand fly as he leaped to a first-place finish and a new personal best of 7.56m/24-9.75. Kerr’s first-place finish marked the only gold medal for the Wildcats over the weekend. Kerr also placed 15th out of 73 athletes in the 200-meter dash.
The Wildcats found other success in the pits as well, with super-senior Taishia Pryce placing second on the women’s side in the long jump with a mark of 6.54m/21-5.50. Jumping right behind Pryce was super-senior Wurrie Njadoe, who placed fourth at 6.19m/20-3.75. Njadoe also placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.93, less than a second slower than the first-place finisher.
Between women’s shot put and weight throw, K-State registered seven top-ten finishers. Sophomore Jaycee Schroeder finished in second place in her section of the shot put with a throw of 14.10m/46-3.25. Fellow teammate sophomore Grace Thompson finished in fourth place with a throw of 13.74m/45-1.
Sophomore Jasmine Greer did her part in getting on the board as well. Greer finished in fourth place in Section A of the women’s shot put with a throw of 15.45m/5-8.25 — a new personal best. Greer also placed sixth in Section A of the weight throw with a toss of 18.62m/61-1/25.
Several women tossed their way to top-five finishes in the weight throw. Junior Emma Robbins set a new personal best with a mark of 20.71m/67-11.50, earning her a third-place finish. Pocketing a fifth-place finish in Section B was sophomore Lacey Pavlak, who threw 16.77m/55-0.25.
The men also spun their way to success with a fourth-place finish in the weight throw. Sophomore Kade McCall struck his personal best with a mark of 19.98m/65-6.75.
The bar was set high, but fifth-year senior Kyle Alcine was able to clear 2.14m/7-0.25 in the men’s high jump to tie for fifth place.
Sophomore Kyle Gale rounded out the top-five finishers, placing second out of 49 athletes in the men’s 400-meter dash. Gale clocked in at 46.62 seconds.
With about one month until conference championships, head coach and track and field director Cliff Rovelto said there is still a lot of work to do.
“The next two weeks, in particular, are important for training,” Rovelto said to K-State Athletics. “What we accomplish in training will, in great part, determine our success at the conference and NCAA meets.”
K-State will remain on the road and head to the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Feb. 4-5 to compete in the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. The competition begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, followed by an 11 a.m. start on Saturday, Feb. 5.