Kansas State Track and Field Championships - Meet Results
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After the home meets, the Wildcats will hit the road for the Bill Bergen Invitational at Iowa State for one of the largest meets during the indoor season.
The Wildcats will put all their combined events athletes in action, and the meet will be team scored. Some Wildcats will head to the Emporia State Open that weekend as well. SAC Relays that same weekend. This is the first time K-State will host the conference championship meet since This season will be the third year for the new format in place for the NCAA Regionals with just two meets.
It is an Olympic year with a number of Wildcats setting their hopes on global success in addition to collegiate.
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Jeffrey Julmis broke the school record last year in the meter hurdles and indoors in the 60 meter hurdles. He will only compete indoors inwhere he finished fifth to earn All-America honors.
He also finished third in the Big 12 indoors. Newcomer Tarique Hill will look to provide strength in the event both indoor and outdoor following the departure of Julmis.
Combined events specialist Mantas Silkauskas also is a national caliber hurdler. Senior Martynas Jurgilas is running stronger than a year ago. He also represented his homeland at the World University Games. A pair of newcomers will add depth in the sprints with Puerto Rican Carlos Rodriguez finishing fifth in the at the Junior Pan Am Games this summer.
Dane Steen comes from Jamaica and junior Grant Loescher returns to give the Wildcats what could be another strong 4x relay. The group will give K-State one of the deepest combined events groups in the Big 12 Conference as well. Krais is the defending Big 12 champion in the meter hurdles where she also finished third in the NCAA. With this group the coaching staff feels it can again make noise in the distance medley relay where the Wildcats finished second in the Big 12 last year.
For the women, senior Boglarka Bozzay continues to get faster and looks to build off her first NCAA Championship appearance in the meters. Bozzay finished 14th at the meet earning second team All-America status. She claimed four in the Big 12 outdoor and finished third in the 1, meters during indoor. Martina Tresch set the school record in the steeplechase again in and finished fifth at the European Under 23 Championships.
Jumps K-State has been one of the top high jump programs in the nation for some time under the guidance of Rovelto, and that should continue in Walpool finished fourth at Big 12 outdoors. Last season, Wait tied for 11th in the Big 12 outdoors and claimed ninth indoors. The Wildcats have a number of women capable of scoring at the Big 12 meet.K-State Track and Field Meet
Chelsie Bonds and Ali Pistora all have scored in their careers, and the the return Ammina AgBoga and Jessica Carters add to the quality and depth of the women. Some newcomers could make an impact for the women as well. The men return Tomaz Bogovic, who finished eighth indoor in the Big 12 in the weight throw.
Newcomers Ryan Johnson and Christopher Gettman are also strong athletes in the weight throw and hammer throw to give K-State a trio of potential scorers.
Ryan Hershberger is looking to build on his ninth-place finish in the shot put outdoors. Cory Boulanger is back and has experience scoring in the javelin at the Big 12 Championship. Combined events specialist Tomas Kirielius also is strong in the javelin and has competed in the event at championship meets. Combined Events The Wildcats have seen much success in the multi-events over the years with Rovelto at the helm.
Last season saw Mantas Silkauskas finish seventh indoors in the heptathlon and Moritz Cleve claim 10th. The women saw Ryann Krais win the NCAA crown outdoors in the heptathlon and claim sixth in the pentathlon during indoor season. Rovelto has a total of 10 combined events conference champions on his resume and three NCAA titles in addition to 16 All-Americans.
This season, K-State could add more to the long line of successes in the combined events with Silkauskas looking to build off his school record score in the heptathlon last season and Krais eyeing more success on the big scene. Silkauskas claimed third in the Big 12 indoors and eyes a conference title with four seniors placing in the top eight last year.
He is joined by Tomas Kirielius, who finished 10th indoors and 14th outdoors for the Wildcats. Rovelto believes all four have the potential to score at the conference championships. In addition to Krais for the women, Rovelto anticipates sophomore Julia Zeiner to have another successful year after finishing sixth outdoors.
Erica Twiss redshirted during the indoor season and saw some success outdoors as well for the Wildcats. InRovelto begins his 20th season as the head coach at Kansas State and his 24th at the school overall.
During his tenure, he has led Kansas State to back-to-back Big 12 Conference women's outdoor team championships in andhas earned consecutive Midwest Region Coach of the Year honors, giving him five such honors in his 19 seasons as the Wildcats' head coach. Inthe Kansas State women had one of the best combined seasons in all of collegiate track and cross country. The cross country team placed a schoolbest fifth at the NCAA Championship, while the indoor team was seventh nationally and the outdoor squad was 11th in the team standings at the NCAA Championships.
Cross Country finished 25th while the team finished 45th indoors and 13th outdoors. Over his 23 seasons at K-State, Rovelto has personally directed 51 individuals to NCAA All-America certificates, as well as 51 individuals to 73 conference event championships. The success Rovelto has cultivated at Kansas State has propelled him onto the international coaching stage with the United States Track and Field Association eight times.
An internationally recognized authority in combined events who helped write and teach the curriculum for the U. He has also served as head coach of the U. Decathlon Team in dual meets with Germany in and He also was named to the U. He has coached several internationally known multi-event athletes, including current Wildcat assistant coach Steve Fritz, who was fourth in the decathlon at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Rovelto also directed former Wildcat Austra Skujyte, who claimed the and NCAA heptathlon championships and set a collegiate record in the pentathlon while at K-State. Skujyte is a three-time Olympic representativeand for her native Lithuania. Skujyte notched her highest finish in international competition with a silver medal performance in the heptathlon at the Athens Olympics.
In the spring ofSkujyte set the IAAF world record in the first female decathlon competition on North American soil with a point total of 8, While at Kansas State, he has coached 44 All-Americans and 25 conference champion high jumpers, while leading 21 All-Americans and 17 conference champs in the long and triple jump. He has been involved in the U. Most recently, Jeffrey Julmis earned All-America honors in the meter hurdles and 60 meter hurdles during the seasons while setting the school records.
A native of Ancon, Panama, Rovelto spent seven years coaching at his alma mater, the University of Kansas. He became the interim head coach for women at Kansas in While with the Jayhawks, he coached eight All-Americans and seven Big Eight champions in five different events. Both collegiate and professional athletes are included.
High School in While there, he coached one high school All-American, six state champions and five state record-holders. Ramos helped guide the teamto another sixth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship and ninth at the Midwest Regional.
As the assistant cross country coach at K-State fromSmith was instrumental in the success enjoyed by the women's and men's cross country teams. During that time period the K-State women won the Big 12 title in Lincoln, captured three consecutive Midwest Regional titles, and garnered NCAA finishes of 13th, 5th and 10th Smith took over the reins of the cross country programs in and guided Mathew Chesang to one of K-State's most outstanding individual cross country seasons in recent memory.
Chesang finished third at the Big 12 championships, second at the Midwest Regional Championships and capped off his senior season with an All-American performance at the NCAA championships. Chesang's 12thplace finish was the highest NCAA placing for a Wildcat male since Jerome Howe's 10th place finish inand the first Wildcat men's cross country AllAmerican since In so doing, Smith's athletes have won 14 conference championships, set 25 school records, earned 16 All-American certificates and set four 14 Big 12 meet records.
Martina Tresch closed the season strong with a place finish at the NCAA Championship in the steeplechase and went on to finish fifth at the European Under 23 Championships where she broke the school record and Switzerland national record. In addition to coaching the current group of K-State middle and long distance runners, Smith has tutored a number of Wildcats in their post-collegiate careers including K-State alumna Lysaira Roman Del Valle, the bronze medalist at the Ibero-American Championships in the M and Central American Games bronze medalist at M.
Smith also coached alumnus Roberto Carvajal, the Mexican national champion in the meter high hurdles and Mexican national champion in the meter intermediate hurdles while he trained as a post-collegian at K-State.
Beverly Ramos won three medals at the Central American and Caribbean Games setting meet records in the 5, meters and steeplechase. In addition to his coaching duties, Smith currently serves as an instructor for the USATF Level II coaching education program in the endurance events and has been a clinician at numerous track and field and cross country clinics.
A native of Ridgefield, Connecticut, Smith graduated from Bucknell University with a bachelor's degree in animal behavior. He went on to earn an M.
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Smith is married to Jill Wise Smith. The couple has three children Sydney, Aidan, and Jackson. Fritz, who is in his 20th season on the Wildcat staff, finished fourth for the U. He scored a career-best 8, points, and was just 20 points behind bronze medalist Tomas Dvorak. He also was a time member of Team USA as an athlete.
As a coach, Fritz has directed more than 50 different student-athletes who have combined to score more than 1, conference points, with 12 athletes winning conference titles a total of 25 times.
Eight athletes at KState have set school records in eight separate events a total of 39 times under his coaching. Fritz has had eight All-Americans earn a total of 23 All-American certificates and has had at least one athlete qualify for nationals every year but one he has been coaching Kansas State.
Wildcat women won javelin titles inandin addition to continued success in the Fritz competed for Kansas State from and holds the Big Eight decathlon record with 7, points. He was a two-time NCAA All-American for the Wildcats in the decathlon, finishing sixth in 7, points and fourth in 7, points. Naturally, the Kansas Relays is one of the premier events that continues to include the mile on its annual registry. The Memorial Stadium track is still yards round.
Milbourn and Eichkorn placed second in the 1, Girls distance running has been very deep the last three years in the area. Their names have become common in the high school ranks. Milbourn, Wedekind, Maki and Eichkorn have combined to win seven of the last nine cross-country state championships in Class 6A, 5A and 4A. Distance depth in the area is real. The Carroll boys have won three of the last four team cross country titles in Class 5A.
The Carroll girls backed up their cross country title in the fall with a state track title, earning 32 of their Dillard placed second in the meter and third in the meter. Powell placed first in the meter hurdles and second in the meter hurdles. The x-factor is will. How long can you run hard and can you run as hard as you can the final lap? At his final home track meet this spring, Koppenhaver told the Wichita Eagle he stuck it out through the cross country and track seasons because his senior distance runners had one more year.
Milbourn, also a senior running her final races at state track this year, won her fifth state championship in the distance runs. In the past six seasons, El Dorado track and field and cross country managed to find the kind of success other programs at the school have struggled to achieve.
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Milbourn, and distance runner Laura Nightengale before her, led the girls track and field team to six consecutive top-eight team finishes at state track dating back toplacing in the top four the last four seasons.
Milbourn will run for KU starting this fall, just as Nightengale did before her. After a promising start as a freshman at KU, Nightengale is no longer running after a suffering a series of stress fractures, but her success at El Dorado from to has continued these last three years through Milbourn, who took the baton from her mentor. Others having success gave them confidence that they could do it also. Milbourn, following a not uncommon progression in girl athletes, slightly lost speed in the 1,meter and meter from her junior year to senior year but got faster in the 3, Her endurance keeps getting better all the time.
But those who follow her progress in college will most easily comprehend her ability in terms of mile splits. He says he will continue to spend as much time around the program as his health allows.
Their average team finish at state track over the last five seasons is matched in Class 4A only by Baldwin, also a distance-running haven and the two-time defending state champ. House will continue to compete alongside her high school teammate, Milbourn, for KU track and field next year. House holds the Class 4A record, 12 feet, reaching that height in and Detmer matched the Class 5A state meet record with a foot vault. For an event that was considered before not fit for girls due to their inability to vault very high, the progression by the two girls to vault consistently at 12 feet or higher has brought the field event to a new level of competition.
El Dorado has leaned on the success of its distance runners, chiefly Molly Milbourn, who helped account for 92 team points over her four state track meets.
Smiling wide, Fisher broke down his performance with composure and clarity after running a Both schools have multiple football seasons in recent years. But, also like El Dorado, Valley Center is in the midst of prolific success on the track. Though the Hornets have not finished well in the team standings like El Dorado, two individual athletes have starred.
Morgan Wedekind, a sophomore, won the Class 5A state 3,meter run by nearly 13 seconds and 1,meter run by nearly 10 seconds, adding to her two cross country state titles.
Madison and Morgan, both sophomores, took separate paths this spring. Madison led the surging Valley Center soccer program to a third-place finish in Class 5A state soccer with 10 goals and eight assists on the season.
Morgan focused on track, showing herself to be the same top distance runner as she had been in cross country. Joe Fisher is the second Hornet who became a buzz-saw on the track. Fisher blasted out of the blocks and into the spotlight as a junior inrunning a hand-timed Both had the fastest times in the state entering the Relays.
Both ran even faster in April inside Memorial Stadium. Saunders edged out Fisher, crossing the finish line in It was the only sprints showdown of the track season, we thought. That fact remained true. The classifications were not liquidated so we could see a re-match. But Fisher, Saunders and a sprinter in Class 4A who had been forgotten made a splash on the track into the late afternoon hours of the state track meet.
The state competition was the fastest in history since when the meet went metric, which was perfect for the sprints, which were parsed into neat multiples of Though the mile was forever lost, theand replaced the onerous yardage markers ofand The track on Saturday of the state meet was aided by wind.
During the meter and meter dashes, the meter registered between 1.