AMES, Iowa. – The Kansas State men’s and women’s track and field teams witnessed several high-tier performances, including four first-place finishes between the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa and Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Friday.
“We did have a few good performances,” said Director of Track and Field Cliff Rovelto. “What we really want to accomplish is to get the folks who hadn’t been here before to be more comfortable before conference. I thought Justin (Davis) and Kimisha (Chambers) did a good job in the 400. Antoni (Hoyte-Small) is bouncing back after being ill and we had some good runs by young distance runners. Shaelyn (Ward) threw well in the weight also.”
Those first-place performances included Kimisha Chambers (400 meters), Shaelyn Ward (weight throw) and Edgaras Benkunskas (long jump) at the Iowa State Classic and Taishia Pryce (long jump) at the Tyson Invitational.
In the first event of the day, Benkunskas set the tone for K-State with a personal best mark of 7.10m/23-03.50, to edge out three Northern Iowa opponents in the long jump. The performance came on the heels of a sixth-place finish in the men’s heptathlon at the Razorback Invitational early this month.
Chambers recorded a new personal record in the women’s 400-meter race, crossing the line in first place with a time of 53.69 that bumped her to No. 4 all-time in the school’s record books.
Moving back to the field portion of the Iowa State Classic, Ward outlasted teammate Ashley Petr and the rest of the competition to earn top honors in the women’s weight throw event. Her mark of 19.84m/65-01.25 broke her personal best in the event.
Pryce made her own mark at the Tyson Invitational, where she clinched the long jump win in the latter part of the day. Her leap of 6.65m/21-10 pushed her to second all-time in K-State history. On a national perspective, Pryce’s long jump marks the best in the NCAA indoor season this year for the women’s side.
“God is good,” said assistant coach Vincent Johnson. “She was suffering from a bruised tailbone a few weeks ago and I’m excited for her to get healthier now. She has been diligent in her training and has been working hard without wavering when being uncomfortable. So, we’re grateful and eager to continue training and to get better one day at a time.”
Other notable performances from the day included top-five outings from senior Ariel Okorie and sophomore Vitoria Alves, who placed third and fifth, respectively, in the long jump competition at the Iowa State Classic. Okorie jumped in the top three for the event with a mark of 5.76m/18-10.75, while Alves posted a mark of 5.62m/18-05.25, good for fifth place.
In the men’s weight throw event, junior Colin Echols continues to perform at a high level as he delivered a second-place finish inside the Lied Recreation Center, launching a throw of 18.97m/62-03.00.
Freshman Maddie Righter performed well in the women’s high jump, hopping over the bar at 1.72m/5-07.75 to place fourth amongst the field.
Sophomore Antoni Hoyte–Small came up just two seconds short of his school record in the men’s 600-yard race, finishing in second place at a time of 1:10.89.
The men’s 400-meter event featured a record-performance from senior Justin Davis as he crossed the line at 47.59 to earn a runner-up spot. Davis also entered the top-10 all-time for K-State history with his performance, ascending all the way to sixth place.
Finishing out the evening, the men’s and women’s 3000-meter races took place to end the first wave of events. The freshmen pairing of Jaybe Shufelberger and Emma Lucas held their own in the women’s race, as Shufelberger paced her way to a top-10 outing with a time of 9:46.02, climbing her way to a sixth-place performance. Lucas ended her race just outside the top-10, coming in at 11th with a time of 9:50.53.
Junior Ethan Powell notched another top-five finish on the men’s side, pacing himself to a spot at fourth place with a time of 8:14.94.
The Wildcats remain in Ames, Iowa for the second day of the Iowa State Classic on Saturday with events set to start at 12 p.m., CT.
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Iowa State Classic
Lied Recreation Center
Men’s Long Jump
1. Edgaras Benkunskas, 7.10m/23-03.50
5. Kyle Parr, 6.49m/21-03.50
Women’s Long Jump
3. Ariel Okorie, 5.76m/18-10.75
5. Vitoria Alves, 5.62m/18-05.25
10. Lauren Taubert, 5.35m/17-06.75
12. Urte Bacianskaite, 5.32m/17-05.50
Men’s Weight Throw
2. Colin Echols, 18.97m/62.03.00
4. Cameron Lews, 18.63m/61-01.50
15. Reece Willis, 15.17m/49-09.25
Women’s Weight Throw
1. Shaelyn Ward, 19.84m/65-01.25
2. Ashley Petr, 18.65m/61-02.25
Men’s Pole Vault
19. Aaron Booth, 4.56m/14-11.50
Women’s High Jump
4. Maddie Righter, 1.72m/5-07.75
7. Shanae McKenzie, 1.68m/5-06.00
10. Janique Burgher, 1.63m/5-04.25
Men’s 60-Meter Dash
8. Nate Hassed, 7.15
Women’s 3000 Meters
6. Jaybe Shufelberger, 9:46.96
11. Emma Lucas, 9:50.53
20. Cara Melgares, 9:55.43
Men’s 3000 Meters
4. Ethan Powell, 8:14.94
17. Cooper Schroeder, 8:21.70
24. David Lutgen, 8:26.38
Women’s 400 Meters
1. Kimisha Chambers, 53.69
5. Lavaun Stephenson, 55.93
10. Akia Guerrier, 56.94
13. Wurrie Njadoe, 57.30
Men’s 400 Meters
2. Justin Davis, 47.59
10. Sean Wilson, 48.83
9. Tim Lambert, 49.60
Men’s 600 Yards
2. Antoni Hoyte-Small, 1:10.89
7. Gabriel Louw, 1:14.56
Tyson Track Center
Men’s 60 Meters
5. Angelo Gordon, 7.04
Women’s Long Jump
1. Taishia Pryce, 6.65m/21-10.00
Source: Kansas State Sports