Wildcats dominate at track and field winter
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|K-State's Tia Gamble and
Angela Hart compete in the women's 60 meter hurdles during the K-State
Winter Invitational at Ahearn K-State
K-State track and field
closed out the weekend of Dec. 13 with a dominating performance at the K-State
Winter Invitational in Ahearn Field House. For the day, the Wildcats set one
international record, two school records and four meet records.
Sara Savatovic started the day’s field events by breaking her previous Serbian
National Record (18.37m/60-03.25) twice in the weight throw. She broke the
record with her first throw of the event, a mark of 19.07m (62-06.00), then
bested that mark in the final round with a throw of 19.58m (64-03.00). The
effort was a personal best as well as good for 5th all-time in school
Coach Cliff Rovelto said he was impressed by Savatovic’s
ability to capitalize even after her initial throw being her best yet.
“For her first meet, I thought that was very good,” Rovelto
said. “You could tell she was trying too hard after her first throw, but the
thing I was really impressed with was she came back with her fifth and sixth
throws, got back it under control and broke [her personal best]
Adding to Savatovic’s record-breaking performances were Carlos
Rodriguez, Tia Gamble and Sonia Gaskin in the meet’s running
Rodriguez, for the second-straight year, broke the school
record in the 300 meters with a time of 33.60 seconds. The time bested his
previous school and meet record of 33.64 seconds. He also took top honors in the
60m, finishing in 6.72 seconds – good for sixth in school history.
For the women, Gamble took the school and meet records in the
women’s 300m with a time of 39.44 – beating the entire field by more than a full
second. Gaskin continued the trend by setting the meet record and besting the
600 yard run-field by more than three seconds in a time of 1:22.32. The
sophomore’s personal best effort is ranked 7th all-time in school history. Both
athletes, along with Erica Twiss and Sarah Kolmer, then combined to set the meet
record in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:46.71.
both athletes had overall impressive performances.
“I thought Tia had a
really nice meet,” Rovelto said. “She ran very well in the [300m] and thought
she ran a solid leg on the relay so she had a good meet.
really well in the [600 yard run] especially because she didn’t start out that
hard, but finished with a solid run and her relay was good.”
Gamble, Gaskin and Rodriguez were only a few of the long list of Wildcats who
had successful days. Senior Ryan Hershberger took first in the men’s weight
throw (16.60m/54-05.50) and shot put (17.73m/58-02.00), while Dani Winters took
top honors in the women’s shot put. For Winters, her mark of 15.17m (49-09.25),
was a personal best as well as 9th-best in school history.
Alyx Treasure, in her first action in over a year finished first in the high
jump (1.80m/5-10.75), while Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye took first in the men’s long
jump (7.27m/23-00.25). The trio of Kyle Wait (4.90m/16-00.75), Cameron Savage
(4.75m/15-07.00) and Tommy Brady (J4.60m/15-01.00) swept the men’s pole vault
and Devin Field won the triple jump with a mark of 14.50m (47-07.00). Junior
Logan Smith rounded the Wildcats’ strong performances with a personal best and
first-place finish in the men’s 1000 meter in a time of 2:28.93.
Other Wildcats that set personal bests included Dane Steen in the 60m (6.88),
Christopher Campbell in the 300m (34.56 – 4th in school history) and Alyssa
Kelly in the long jump (5.71m/18-09.00).
Rovelto said the meet and
the weekend was a good start to the season.
“We do this to give
people an idea of where the athletes are at,” Rovelto said. “I think most people
see that they have been working hard and training hard. The coaching staff makes
pretty significant demands of them and they showed the work is paying
“There is very little to really be disappointed in and, for the most
part, it was very, very positive.”
With this weekend in the books, the
Wildcats won’t get back into action until 2014. K-State will travel to Lawrence,
Kan., for the Bill Easton Classic on Jan. 10 before returning for home meets on
Jan. 18 and Jan. 25. For more information visit http://www.kstatesports.com/sports/c-track/ksu-c-track-body.html
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