KSU’s Gaskin earns All-American status at NCAAs

EUGENE, Ore. – K-State Track and Field notched yet another All-American performance in day three action of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, as Sonia Gaskin took seventh-place in the women’s 800 meter final. Joining Gaskin as the second of two total competitors for the Wildcats today was Zack Riley in the field, who placed 18th-overall in the men’s high jump.

Gaskin Places Seventh for First Team Honors in 800m

Only a day removed from helping the women’s 4×400 set a school record, Sonia Gaskin clocked in at 2:04.55 to finish seventh-overall and earn First Team All-American honors in the 800 meter run. The sophomore started the race strong, sitting in the top-three after the first 400 meters before giving way to a field that saw eventual winner Oregon’s Laura Roesler and Stanford’s Claudia Saunders both record sub-2:03.00 times.

Head coach Cliff Rovelto commended Gaskin on what has been a busy week of action so far.

“Sonia continued her very high caliber of running,” Rovelto said. “She’s now run three outstanding races in three days and she still has one more.”

For Gaskin, the first team honors are the first of her career as she will leave Eugene, Oregon, a two-time first team All-American once the 4×400 final has concluded tomorrow afternoon. She ends the season in the 800 meter with three personal bests in her final four races and is the first Wildcat to earn first team honors in the event since Korene Hinds placed fourth at the 2001 outdoor championships.

Riley Finishes 18th in High Jump

Clearing a final height of 2.10m/6-10.75, junior Zack Riley finished 18th overall in the men’s high jump. It was Riley’s first career appearance on the national stage, as he opened up competition by clearing the bar at 2.05m/6-08.75 in his second attempt. He then went on to clear 2.10m in his fourth overall attempt of the afternoon before bowing out at 2.15m/7-00.50 in three tries.

Said Rovelto, “Zack physically looked good. He was just trying a bit too hard and got impatient.”

The 18th-place showing ensured Riley honorable mention All-American status.

K-State gets back in action tomorrow with the final day of national championship competition. It promises to be a day chocked full of action for the Wildcats as Devin Field in the triple jump, Alyx Treasure in the high jump and Ivan Hartung in the javelin throw will open competition with the first three events of the afternoon. The women’s 4×400 will then wrap up the 2014 championship in the final event of the day, the 4×400 meter relay final. For more information, visit http://www.k-statesports.com.

NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Hayward Field
Eugene, Oregon

K-State Results

800m
Women
7: Sonia Gaskin, K-State, 2:04.55

High Jump
Men
18: Zack Riley, K-State, 2.10m/6-10.75

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