Meet Notes: Wildcat Invitational

Neal Smith

Neal Smith

Jan. 18, 2013

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Wildcat Invitational
January 19, 2013 | Ahearn Field House|Manhattan, Kan.

The Basics
The Oklahoma State men's and women's track and field teams return to Manhattan, Kan. this Saturday to compete in the Wildcat Invitational. Field events will begin at 12 p.m. and running events will begin at 2:30 p.m.

OSU will compete against Kansas State, UMKC and Tulsa.

OSU Schedule of Events

Men's Events

60 Meters
Cody Kenny

200 Meters
Cody Kenny
Jordan Williams
Terrence West

400 Meters
Jordan Williams
Terrence West

600 Yards
Lance Gray
Tyler Payton

1,000 Meters
Tommy Casey
Raul Botezan
Kirubel Erassa
Alex Monaghan
Taylor Monaghan
Justin Vilhauer
Austin Wright

Mile
Brian Gohlke
Alexander Johansson
Klaus Schmidt
Neal Smith

3,000 Meters
Kevin Colón
David Osborn
Zach Wills

Long Jump
Cody Kenny

High Jump
Taylor Buck

Weight Throw
Nick Miller

Women's Events

60 Meters
Jasmine Adams
Brittney Reid
Britney Presley
Taylor Stolt

60 Meter Hurdles
Clara Telford

200-meter
Jasmine Adams
Clara Nichols
Brittney Reid
Britney Presley
Jacy Steelman
Taylor Stolt
Codi Wilson

400 Meters
Bailey Johnson
Clara Nichols
Codi Wilson

600 Yards
Mihaela Bobos

800 Meters
Kristina Fischer
Jordan Highsmith

1,000-Meters
Adela Hofmannova
Kate Kujawa

Mile
Paige Barnes
Jackie Campos
Victoria Hanna
Erika LaCroix
Chelsey Phoebus

3,000 Meters
Taylor Light
Amanda Lark

Long Jump
Jasmine Adams
Jordan Highsmith
Bailey Johnson
Brittney Reid
Jacy Steelman
Taylor Stolt

Triple Jump
Clara Telford
Jacy Steelman

High Jump
Jordan Highsmith

Shot Put
Chase Ealey

Weight Throw
Caitlin Way

4X400 Relay
Mihaela Bobos
Clara Nichols
Triana Browne-Hearrell
Bailey Johnson

Last Time Out-Women
Natalja Piliusina broke the 27-year-old school record in the 1,000 meters in a dual against No. 7 Arkansas at the Randal Tyson Track Center on Jan. 11. The Cowgirls fell, 81-61, in the early season meet.

Piliusina finished with a time of 2:46.55, breaking Veronica Haberl's record of 2:47.30 set at the 1986 NCAA National Championships.

In the mile, Victoria Fratczak set a personal best with a time of 4:58.73, earning her a second-place finish.

Also picking up a first-place finish for the Cowgirls was Kaela Edwards in the 600 meters, coming in at 1:31.52.

In the 3,000 meters, Janelle Martinez captured a first-place finish, crossing the line at 10:07.71. Clara Nichols (41.21) finished in second place in the 300 meters.

Caitlin Way and Chase Ealey led the way for the throwers. Way took the top spot in the weight throw with distance of 16.60m/54-5.50 and Ealey (13.07m/42-10.75) finished in second place.

Ealey then won the shot put for the second-straight meet, registering a distance of 14.69m/48-2.50.

OSU jumpers also did their part. In the long jump, Taylor Stolt earned a second-place finish and set a personal best with a jump of 5.65m/18-6.50. In the triple jump, Clara Telford (10.65m/34-11.25) finished in second.

Last Time Out-Men
This is the first meet for the Cowboys since competing in the Kansas State All Comers meet on Dec. 8.

Leading the way for the Cowboys was Nick Miller, who set a personal best with his throw of 19.41m/63-08.25 in the men's weight throw. He was one of seven Oklahoma State athletes to establish a new personal best at the meet.

In the mile, Justin Vilhauer finished in first place with a time of 4:13.60, while Kevin Colón finished in third place, setting a personal record at 4:20.06.

Other Cowboy personal bests at the meet included Cody Kenny in the 60-meter dash (7.16) and Tyler Payton in the 600-yard run (1:11.95).

Last Year at Wildcat Invitational
Last year at the Wildcat Invitational, the Cowboys finished with an 0-3 dual record.

They notched six top-five finishers, including second-place finishes from Raul Botezan in the 1,000 meter run and Cody Kenny in the long jump.

The women finished the day with a 2-1 dual record, defeating Missouri-Kansas City by 19 points and Tulsa by 15.

The Cowgirls picked up 13 finishes in the top five, including a first-place performance by Kate Kujawa in the one mile run, completing the race in 5:04.55.

Mihaela Bobos picked up a second-place finish in the 600 yard run with a time of 1:27.05. Jacy Steelman finished second in the 400 meter run, while Brooke Gritters placed second in the shot put.

Leading Lady
Natalja Piliusina is the nation's top runner in the women's 800-meter with a mark of 2:03.46.

Piliusina is coming off a 2012 indoor season where she captured her second-straight Big 12 conference title in the 800m and was runner up in the same event at the NCAA national meet. She also hit a new personal best in the 800-meters with a school-record 2:03.46 at the Alex Wilson Invitational.

World Ranking
Nick Miller will enter the 2013 track and field season ranked 12th in the world in the 6kg under-20 hammer throw, according to the IAAF 2012 top list.

Miller recorded a throw of 73.76 meters in Livingston, Scotland, last June at the Hammerama meet to earn a spot among the world's best.

Miller is coming off an impressive freshman year that was highlighted by a Big 12 championship in the hammer throw. He became the first Cowboy athlete to win an outdoor conference title in the hammer throw since Wallace Thornberry in 1901. Miller also set an Oklahoma State school record when he launched a 7.26 kilogram hammer 67.56 meters/221-08 at the Hammerama meet in Scotland.

Recording Breaking
Oklahoma State junior Natalja Piliusina broke the 27-year-old school record in the 1,000-meters in a dual against No. 7 Arkansas on Jan. 11.

Piliusina finished with a time of 2:46.55, breaking Veronica Haberl's record of 2:47.30 set at the 1986 NCAA National Championships.

Personal Bests
At the Kansas State All Comers meet in December, a combined seven members of the men's and women's track and field teams set new personal bests in their respective events.

For the men, Cody Kenny ran a 7.16 in the 60-meters, Tyler Payton ran a 1:11.95 in the 600-yards, Kevin Colón ran a 4:20.06 in the mile and Nick Miller threw a distance of 19.41m/63-08.25 in a weight throw.

For the women, Mihaela Bobos ran a 1:25.35 in the 600-yards, Adela Hofmannova ran a 2:54.86 in the mile, and in the women's shot put, Chase Ealey threw a distance of 15.78m/51-09.25.

National Rankings
Along with Piliusina, freshman Chase Ealey is the other ranked Cowgirl, coming in 25th in the shot put.

For the Cowboys, Kirubel Erassa (12th) and Raul Botezan (13th) are ranked in the men's mile.

In the 3,000-meter race, Tom Farrell comes in at No. 9, followed by Erassa (26th) and Shadrack Kipchirchir (28th). Kipchirchir (8th) and Girma Mecheso (11th) represent the Cowboys in the 5,000-meter event, while Nick Miller begins the season No. 25 in the weight throw.

Current Rankings-Men

Mile
12. Kirubel Erassa - 3:58.84
13. Raul Botezan - 3:58.94

3,000m
9. Tom Farrell - 7:52.38
26. Kirubel Erassa - 7:59.35
28. Shadrack Kipchirchir - 7:59.79

5,000m
8. Shadrack Kipchirchir - 13:46.00
11. Girma Mecheso - 13:50.03

Current Rankings-Women

800 Meters
1. Natalja Piliusina - 2:03.46

Shot Put
25. Chase Ealey - 15.78/51-9.25

Qualifying Standards
For the 2012-13 indoor season, the NCAA has eliminated automatic qualifying times to the NCAA Championships meet.

Qualification to the championships is based on descending-order list for the season. For each individual event contested, the top 16 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 12 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition. The stated maximums are absolute and will not be extended as a result of ties.

Big 12 Men's Performance List

60 Meters
11. Cody Kenny - 7.16
17. Jordan Williams - 7.66

600-Yards
3. Tyler Payton - 1:10.87

1,000 Meters
9. Austin Wright - 2:29.47
15. Korey Krotzer - 2:33.71
16. Alex Monaghan - 2:40.09

Mile
3. Justin Vilhauer - 4:10.41
10. Kevin Colón - 4:16.78
11. Alexander Johansson - 4:20.42
16. Nick Thorp - 4:25.75
19. Klaus Schmidt - 4:30.99

High Jump
13. Taylor Buck - 1.98m/6-6.0

Long Jump
10. Cody Kenny - 6.51m/21-4.25

Weight Throw
1. Nick Miller - 79.41m/63-8.25

Big 12 Women's Performance List

600-Yards
6. Kaela Edwards - 1:23.50
8. Mihaela Bobos - 1:24.30
12. Triana Browne-Hearrell - 1:27.75

1,000 Meters
1. Natalja Piliusina - 2:46.55
3. Adela Hofmannova - 2:52.97
16. Kristina Fischer - 3:14.91

Mile
4. Victoria Fratczak - 4:58.73
13. Kendra Woodson - 5:17.54
15. Chelsey Phoebus - 5:23.89
18 Paige Barnes - 5:45.30

3,000 Meters
7. Janelle Martinez - 10:07.71
13. Jenny Dyer - 10:44.09
14. Erika LaCroix - 10:45.78
16. Samantha Nightingale - 10:56.06

60 Meter Hurdles
16. Clara Telford - 9.44
18. Jordan Highsmith - 9.75

4x400 Relay
6. Oklahoma State - 3:52.78
Kaela Edwards
Clara Nichols
Mihaela Bobos
Bailey Johnson

Long Jump
9. Taylor Stolt - 5.65m/18-6.5
19. Jordan Highsmith - 5.29m/17-04.25

Triple Jump
6. Clara Telford - 10.77m/35 - 4.00
7. Jacy Steelman - 10.32m/33 - 10.25

Shot Put
4. Chase Ealey - 15.78m/51-09.25
9. Brooke Gritters - 14.19m/46-06.75
15. Gloria Moseley - 10.48m/35-6.75
19. Jordan Highsmith - 9.48m/31-01.25

Weight Throw
5. Caitlin Way - 17.30m/56-9.25
15. Chase Ealey - 13.07m/42-10.75

From Head Coach Dave Smith

On the importance of early season meets "The deeper into the season you go, the more important the meets are. The fact of indoor season is it's so short. Our conference meet is six weeks away so that means we have a six-week season for most of the athletes. We have a couple of big meets that we're looking forward too. There's one in Arkansas on the 26th of this month, and there will be very good competition there. Two weeks later we go to Seattle to compete at the University of Washington, and that's a really big meet for us. There is a really high level of competition, and we usually get a lot of PR's out of that meet. In terms of places and competing we're obviously focused on the Big 12 meet. We need to get out of the cellar for the women, and the men we want to keep competing with that top half of the conference. I think both teams could end up in the top half of the conference this year, and that would be the first time that's happened in a long time."

On posting seven PR's at Kansas State All-Comers "It was an awesome start to the season. For most of those kids who competed, they hadn't done anything since May. To come right out the block like that in the first competition and to already be better than they left off last year is pretty impressive. I think the throws group had an especially good meet and had a lot of PR's and big marks, and that's pretty exciting.

 

 

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