FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Kansas State track and field saw a record-setting performance from Beverly Ramos on Friday night at the NCAA Indoor Championship, but it was not enough for her to score in the first day of action. Ramos shattered the school record in the 5,000 meters by more than 20 seconds to finish 10th in the event.
Ramos ran the first of two distance events she will be competing in Friday night as she finished 10th in the 5,000 meters just missing out on scoring for the Wildcats. Ramos finished in 16:08.60 shattering the school record by more than 20 seconds. The previous record was 16:28.65 set by Janet Haskin at the 1990 Big Eight Championship. Ramos will run in the 3,000 meters Saturday night for another chance to score. In an example of the depth and strength of the field in the women's 5,000 meters, Ramos would have needed to run seven seconds faster to finish eighth and score for the Wildcats. The top six runners all ran faster than 16:00.00.
Mantas Silkauskas opened the heptathlon strong putting himself in second place following the first two events and finds himself in sixth through four with 3,168. He ran the 60 meters in 6.88 seconds just off his personal best time 6.83 to score 925 points. He then posted a personal record in the long jump at 24-01.50 (7.35m) to score 898 points. Silkauskas kept strong in the shot put tying his best mark with a throw of 40-08.75 (12.41m). The high jump was the only event Silkauskas did not approach his personal record as he leapt 6-02.75 (1.90m) 3.25 inches off his best.
The heptathlon has turned into a race for second place as Oregon's Ashton Eaton is putting together the best heptathlon in NCAA history. Eaton set three NCAA Championship meet heptathlon records on the day and posted a personal best in the lone event he did not set the record. His first day score of 3,561 is 12 points ahead of the pace set by Team USA's Bryan Clay at the IAAF World Championships currently being held in Qatar.
In the 60 meter hurdles, Jeffrey Julmis ran 7.84 seconds to finish fourth in his heat and 13th overall in the field of 19 runners.
For the women Nina Kokot finished 12th in the long jump with her best leap of 20-05.75 (6.24m). She entered the championship with as the No. 14 seed after jumping 20-10.00 at the Big 12 Championship.
In addition to Ramos running at 7:55 p.m. Silkauskas will begin Day Two of the heptathlon at 11 a.m., and Erik Kynard, Jr. will compete in the high jump at 4:45 p.m. to help keep K-State among the nation's elite high jump programs.
NCAA Indoor Championship
Heptathlon Day One
6: Mantas Silkauskas, 3168 (60M, 6.88; LJ, 24-01.50; SP, 40-08.75, HJ 6-02.75)
13: Jeffrey Julmis, 7.84
12: Nina Kokot, 20-05.75
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10: Beverly Ramos, 16:08.60 - school record