Feb. 5, 2011
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Kansas State Wildcats closed the Sevigne Husker Invitational the same way they opened it with a handful of wins and personal records. Head coach Cliff Rovelto said he was pleased with his team across the board and to see so many good times put up at this point in the season. K-State had five wins and seven personal records on the final day of a successful meet for the Wildcats.
K-State had an impressive showing in the mid-distance events again highlighted by Boglarka Bozzay. The junior from Hungary broke the Husker Invitational meet record and Devaney Center facility record in winning the women’s 1,000 meters clocking in at 2:45.91. The time also moves her into second in school history just one second behind Anne Stadler’s mark from the 1985 NCAA Championship. Bozzay’s mark shattered the meet record set last year by Nebraska’s Ashley Miller by nearly four seconds, and she shaved just .05 seconds of the facility record.
Jack Sachse made it a double-dip for K-State in the 1,000 winning the men’s race by holding off a charge down the final stretch by Iowa State’s Elphas Sang. K-State also ran strong in the mile with Kyle Hanson improving his personal record to finish third in 4:17.06. Freshman Meghan Heuer chopped nearly 10 seconds off her personal best in the mile competing in the women’s special invitational race and finishing third with her time of 4:53.53.
The mid-distance runners kept the honors coming for the Wildcats in the 800 meters with Sam James winning the special invitation race by moving away from the pack in the final 200 meters. James crossed the line in 1:51.76.
It was again a big day for K-State in the hurdles with Denise Baker continuing to improve as the season progresses. The senior cut time off her personal record clocking in at 8.42 seconds to finish second to Nebraska’s Arna Erega in a tight finish in the 60 meter hurdles. Jeffrey Julmis won the men’s hurdles crossing the line with his fastest time as a Wildcat at 7.81 seconds. The time is one-hundredth of a second off the school record tied by Mantas Silkauskas last week.
In the men’s 60 meter dash, Martynas Jurgilas blew past the field to a new personal record of 6.65 seconds to now rank second in school history. Perhaps more impressive in his performance was being able to come out of the blocks fast after two false starts were called on fellow competitors. Jurgilas time also ties for 11th this season in the NCAA not counting this weekend’s action at other meetings.
The Wildcats will split up for the first time this season as some athletes will head north to the Iowa State Classic in Ames while another bunch will go to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the Tyson Invitational. K-State’s next home meet is slated for February 18 at Ahearn Field House before returning to Nebraska for the Big 12 Championship.