MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State junior Tejaswin Shankar kicked off the 2019-20 indoor track and field season with a school-record 4,137 points in the pentathlon to highlight action in the Carol Robinson/Attila Zsivoczky Pentathlon at Ahearn Field House on Friday.
“First of all, coming into the competition, I had a goal of 4,250 (points) and I knew the school record was 4,116 (points)”, said Shankar. “In the 1000 (meter race), I had to get around 2:43 to get close to the record and when I was able to get 2:41 I knew I got the record. It came down to the high jump as well as I needed to get to 2.23 meters in order to give myself a chance heading into the last event. It went down well and the training has been really critical towards today’s events.”
Shankar, who finished last year’s pentathlon with a score of 3,826, eclipsed his personal best by over 300 points. He capped the competition with a personal-record time of 2:41.62 in the 1,000-meter run.
After finishing second to freshman Oscar Smith in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 8.31, Shankar would win the final four events (long jump, shot put, high jump and 1,000-meter dash) of the pentathlon. The New Delhi, India, native posted marks of 6.86m/22-06.25 in the long jump, 11.49m/37-08.50 in the shot put and 2.23m/7-03.25 in the high jump before his personal best in the 1,000-meter run.
In the women’s competition, seniors Lauren Taubert and Ariel Okorie finished in second and third place, respectively, while three Wildcat freshmen (Urte Bacianskaite, Kindel Nordhus and Maddie Righter) rounded out the top 6. Taubert claimed the runner-up spot with 3,975 points followed by Okorie in third place with 3,789 points, while Bacianskaite scored 3,519 points for fourth, Nordhus totaled 3,071 for fifth and Righter posted 2,987 for sixth. Shaina Burns, who ran unattached, would win the women’s pentathlon with a score of 4,039.
Taubert leaped up to second place after pulling away in the 800-meter dash, pacing at a time of 2:21.19. Okorie, who began in the lead, trailed off in the middle of the race, but finished strong to claim third place with a time of 2:29.01. Bacianskaite, making her debut in a Wildcat uniform, vaulted her way up in the all-time records for pentathlon competitions with her shot put throw of 13.78m/45-02.50. Righter also climbed into the all-time leaderboards in the high jump event, leaping over the bar at 1.76m/5-09.25 for a tie for ninth place.
The five-event pentathlon featured eight Wildcats, five of which were making their pentathlon debut at K-State.
With the completion of the Carol Robinson/Attila Zsivoczky Pentathlon, the Wildcats will now get ready for the K-State Winter Invitational tomorrow. The K-State Winter Invitational begins at 9:30 a.m., CT with the start of the field events, followed by the track events at 1 p.m., CT. Admission to the event is free.
Live results for the K-State Winter Invitational will be provided by Heartland Timing and can be found here. More information on the meet, including a full schedule of events records and more can be found on kstatesports.com by clicking here.
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Source: Kansas State Sports