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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Three Extra Wildcats Earn Second Crew All-America Honors

EUGENE, Ore. – Senior Ashley Petr within the girls’s discus, together with senior heptathletes Ariel Okorie and Lauren Taubert, all capped their Kansas State careers with sturdy performances to earn Second Crew All-America honors to focus on motion on the ultimate day of the NCAA Outside Championships on Saturday (June 12) at Hayward Subject.
 
Okorie and Petr every collected All-America honors for the primary time of their careers, whereas Taubert tallied All-America distinction for the fourth time in her profession, together with the second time within the heptathlon.
 
Petr completed 15th within the discus with a mark of 54.34m/178-03, which got here on her third and closing try. Taubert and Okorie claimed the ultimate two spots on the Second Crew within the heptathlon, as Taubert scored 5,436 factors to complete in 15th place, whereas Okorie was simply behind in 16th place with 5,420 factors.
 
Okay-State continues its streak of getting a minimum of one athlete earn All-America honors within the heptathlon to 6 consecutive out of doors championships. Taubert and Okorie are the primary Wildcat tandem to earn All-America honors within the heptathlon in the identical championship at school historical past.
 
“Lauren, Ariel and I’ve labored collectively for 5 years now,” mentioned Director of Monitor and Subject and Cross Nation Cliff Rovelto. “They’re particular individuals who have grown immensely. I really feel lucky to have had the chance to share the method with them. Our program will miss them as we are going to all of the seniors who accomplished their eligibility this yr. They’ve been a particular group.”
 
Taubert and Okorie positioned themselves for a powerful end within the heptathlon on Saturday, as they entered the day in 14th and 16th, respectively, after 4 occasions on Friday.
 
Within the first occasion on Saturday, Okorie posted a 12th-place end within the lengthy soar with a leap of 5.73m/18-09.75 to attain 768 factors and soar into the top-15. Taubert dropped within the total standings after a 19th-place exhibiting within the occasion with a mark of 5.48m/17-11.75 to attain 694 factors.
 
Okorie continued her surge with an 11th-place end within the javelin with a throw of 36.37m/119-04 to attain 598 factors and soar to 13th total with 4,678 factors. Taubert completed 17th within the occasion with a mark of 33.09m/108-06 to attain 535 factors and sit in 17th place with 4,568 factors earlier than taking a break for the ultimate occasion.
 
Very similar to Friday when she surged within the 200 meters to cap the primary day, Taubert save her greatest for the final occasion of the day, posting a ninth-place end within the 800 meters with a time of two:16.80 to attain 868 factors and end in 15th place with 5,436 factors. Okorie capped the competitors with a 16th-place end within the 800 meters in a time of two:26.16 to attain 742 factors and end in 16th total with 5,420 factors.
 
 

Texas A&M’s Tyra Gittens led wire-to-wire within the heptathlon and received the occasion with 6,285 factors. Miami’s Michelle Atherley was the one different competitor to crack 6,000 factors, ending second with 6,067, whereas Large 12 champion – Texas freshman Kristine Blazevica – was third with 5,984 factors.
 
Competing in her second NCAA Championship, Petr had a powerful begin to the competitors with a throw of 56 meters on her first try however incurred a foul. She got here again with a toss of fifty.82m/166-09 to take a seat in 21st place earlier than capping the competitors with a throw of 54.34m/178-03 to rally and end in 15th place.
 
A local of Hastings, Nebraska, Petr completes her profession with a Second Crew All-America certificates after ending 19th on the 2019 Championships with a toss of 51.80m/169-11 as a junior. She is the primary girls’s discus All-American since Shadae Lawrence did it three consecutive years from 2016-18.
 
“I assumed Ashley seemed fairly good,” mentioned Rovelto. “She had a few warmup throws that have been most likely round her private greatest. Her first throw was round 56 meters however fouled it. She responded on her third throw to finish up in prime 16. She has executed an awesome job for our program.”
 
Arizona State’s Jorinde Van Klinken received the nationwide title within the discus with a meet and personal-best toss of 65.01m/213-03 over second-place finisher Laulauga Tausaga of Iowa, who had a mark of 63.53m/208-05.
 
Freshman Rhianna Phipps narrowly missed changing into the fourth Wildcat to earn Second Crew All-America honors, ending 17th within the girls’s triple soar with a leap of 13.14m/43-01.50 (+1.2) on her second try. She posted a mark of 13.06m/42-10.25 on her first try earlier than hitting 13.13m/43-01 on her third and closing soar. She missed the top-16 of the occasion by a mere one and half inches to Missouri’s Mara Hausler.
 
It was stable inaugural marketing campaign for the Saint Thomas, Jamaica product who superior to the NCAA Championships within the triple soar in each indoor and out of doors season. She earned Second Crew All-America honors throughout the indoor season with a 12th-place end. Her mark of 13.20m/43-03.75 on the NCAA West Regional on Might 29 to qualify for the out of doors championships was the eighth-best at school historical past.
 
Texas Tech’s Ruth Usoro received the nationwide title within the triple soar with leap of 14.19m/46-06.75.
 

LSU received the lads’s staff title going away with 84 factors, whereas host Oregon (53), North Carolina A&T (35), Florida (34.50) and USC (33) completed off the top-5. Large 12 champion Texas was simply exterior the top-5 with 29 factors in sixth place. With Tejaswin Shankar’s runner-up end within the males’s excessive soar, Okay-State completed in a tie for 34th place with Notre Dame with eight factors every.
 

USC received the ladies’s staff title with 74 factors over second-place Texas A&M, which collected 63 factors. Georgia (37.50), Alabama (31) and North Carolina A&T (31) completed off the top-5. Large 12 champion Texas was the league’s prime finisher with 28 factors for a tie for 28th.
 
Okay-State finishes the NCAA Championships with a mixed seven First and Second Crew All-Individuals highlighted by junior Tejaswin Shankar’s NCAA runner-up end within the males’s excessive soar on Friday night time. The six-time All-American has now earned First Crew honors in three consecutive out of doors championships (2018, 2019, 2021). Along with Petr, Okorie and Taubert, three others – Taylor Latimer (girls’s shot put), Taishia Pryce (girls’s lengthy soar) and Logan Wolfley (males’s javelin – collected Second Crew accolades of their respective occasions.
 
“Each groups had good convention meets and we had a powerful variety of athletes get to this closing weekend,” mentioned Rovelto as he wrapped up his twenty ninth season on the helm of the Wildcat monitor and subject packages. “The out of doors season was a great one for us.”
 
With the conclusion of the NCAA Championships, the Wildcats now head into coaching for varied Olympic qualifying occasions, together with the U.S. Olympic Trials, which will likely be held at Hayward Subject from June 18-27.
 
To study extra concerning the 13 Wildcats who certified for the NCAA Championships, followers can click on on the NCAA Championship Central hyperlink on the Okay-State Athletics’ web site, which incorporates athlete bios, options and all of the highlights from the NCAA West Regional in Faculty Station, Texas, Might 26-29.

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