Track and Field showcases several top-five finishes in Texas Tech Invite

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Then-senior Kyle Alcine clears the high jump bar during the second day of the Big 12 Track and Field Championships at R.V Christian Track on May 15, 2021. (Archive photo by Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

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.

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