MANHATTAN, Kan. — No. 13 Kansas State posted five wins and 17 personal records as well as a handful of top 10 marks in school history at the KSU Open on Friday afternoon. The Wildcats saw improvement from their sprinters and pole vaulters for the second consecutive week, and the throwers had a strong showing to build momentum heading into next week’s Big 12 Championship.
The pair of Kyle Wait and Cameron Savage put on a display in the pole vault as each improved their PR’s by a large margin to clear 5.20 meters (17-00.75) to take the top two spots. Wait claimed the win based on misses as he cleared 5.20 on his first attempt with Savage making it on his third. The mark puts the two in a tie for 35th in the nation and ranks third in school history. The last time a Wildcat cleared the height was 2007 when Bryce Bergman did so at the Dan DeHart Invitational.
“I think it was a pretty good day for us,” K-State head coach Cliff Rovelto said. “Our top guys in the vault both had PR’s, and even our other freshman Tommy Brady had one and almost made his next bar.”
Carlos Rodriguez ran his way to a win and improved his fastest time in the 60 meters clocking in at 6.71 seconds. The time moves him into fourth in school history and 28th in the NCAA this season. Also for the sprinters, Martynas Jurgilas returned to form running his fastest time of the season in 6.82 seconds to take second place in the final. Dane Steen also ran 6.91 seconds in the final for his fastest time and a fifth-place finish.
In the throwing events, Tomaz Bogovic posted his best throw as a Wildcat and was just a quarter of an inch off his personal best winning the weight throw at 18.64 meters (61-02.00). The mark also holds his spot in eighth in school history. Ryan Johnson had his best throw since becoming a Wildcat in January finishing second with his distance of 18.34 meters (60-02.00). It also puts him 10th on the K-State list all-time.
Chris Gattman finished third for the Wildcats with his best throw since transferring to K-State in January. He had a season best mark of 17.88 meters (58-08.00). Ryan Hershberger kept his consistently strong season going with a win in the men’s shot put with a new PR. He claimed the win with a toss of 17.83 meters (58-06.00) to move into eighth in school history.
The women’s throwers took spots 2-3-4 in the weight throw led by Ali Pistora. Chelsie Bonds and Jessica Carter finished behind her with Chandra Andrews competing unattached and getting the win. In the shot put, Jacquelyne Leffler tallied another home with with her best toss of 14.75 meters (48-04.75). It marked her third win of the season and best throw since mid-January.
Tarique Hill ran a new PR in the 60-meter hurdles finishing in 8.03 seconds in the preliminaries. He went on to run 8.11 in the final and finish fourth.
“In general the hurdlers all had a solid day. Some were right at their PR’s or just off it,” Rovelto said. “I think everyone in the 60 ran very good today. Carlos had never run indoors in his life before he got here in January. That was only his fourth meet indoors and that’s a pretty good time. Martynas ran a lot better than he has been running.”
Jacob Davies ran his way to a meet record in the men’s 800 meters to tally another win for the Wildcats. Davies ran the race in 1:51.18, shaving nearly half a second off the previous meet record set in 1991. He also now ranks ninth in school history. A pair of Wildcats ran well in the 1,000 meters for the men to keep the success coming for the mid-distance runners. Kyle Hanson won with his time of 2:27.65 followed by Ryan Hershner in 2:31.69. Hershner’s time was a new personal best.