Devin Dick and Reinis Kregers did something no teammates have ever done in K-State history. The decathlete duo finished first and second, respectively, in the multi-event, becoming the first teammates to finish 1-2 in the conference championship heptathlon and decathlon in the same season since Big 12 track started in 1997.
Head coach Cliff Rovelto said all three athletes, including freshman Adam Deterding, who placed sixth, excelled in the multi-event.
“They all did very well.” Rovelto said. “They all had good days yesterday and they all had probably even better days today, comparatively speaking.”
Both Dick and Kregers picked up right from where they left off the day before, trading first-place finishes throughout the final five events. Dick opened competition setting a personal best time of 14.75 seconds and taking first in the 110 meter hurdles. Kregers followed his teammate’s performance with a first-place finish of his own in the discus. In the ensuing pole vault, Dick set a personal outdoor best, clearing the bar at 4.79m/15-08.50 to tie for first. The decathlon’s penultimate event, the javelin, saw Kregers respond with a monster personal best throw of 60.70m/199-02, defeating the field by well over seven meters.
Neither Dick nor Kregers let up in the concluding 1500m either, with each athlete securing first and second, respectively. The former, in particular, left no doubt taking second in a personal best time of 4:32.07. It marked the first decathlon Big 12 title of Dick’s career, as his final point total of 7,792 shattered his previous best of 7,425 points and moved him to fourth all-time in K-State history. The Hutchinson, Kan., native became only the second K-State multi-athlete to win the heptathlon and decathlon in the same season joining Moritz Cleve, who accomplished the feat in 2009.
In all, the senior All-American finished the decathlon with five first-place finishes and top-three performances in eight of the decathlon’s 10 events. Dick registered eight total personal bests and six K-State top-10 decathlon marks as well in a dominant performance that saw him not relinquish first-place after the decathlon’s second event.
Rovelto had nothing but praise for the senior’s performance.
“Devin, he really had a great meet,” Rovelto said. “When you factor in a lot of the winds were swirling winds, any way you slice it, he had a hell of a decathlon, he really did.”
In particular, Rovelto noted Dick’s closing performance in the 1500 meter.
“The 1500 was a huge PR, if he would have done that at sea level it would have been a huge PR, but doing that at altitude is really, really good. He always tries, and sometimes he tries too hard and that gets him in trouble, but he always tries, I was proud that he hung in there in the discus and he did a nice job in the javelin and the pole vault, but the 1500 was just awesome.”
For Kregers, it marked the second-straight season he finished second in the decathlon, with his final tally of 7,618 points easily besting his previous high of 7,343 and moving him to eighth-best in school history. The sophomore’s PR in the javelin was also the No. 5 mark in K-State decathlon history.
Only a sophomore, Rovelto said Kreger’s early career success bodes well for his future.
“Reinis really had a great meet,” Rovelto said. “The thing for [Reinis] is he is just a sophomore, a true sophomore. You go through our history, obviously we’ve had a lot of good decathletes, and the only guys who have scored that high or higher in their sophomore years are guys that were ultimately Olympians, or World Championship-type athletes. So that’s a really good score for a sophomore.”
Competing alongside Dick and Kregers for the Wildcats was Deterding. The freshman chipped in another three points for the men’s team with a sixth-place finish. Deterding’s second day effort was highlighted by a third-place performance in the 110m hurdles that saw him run a season-best non-wind-aided time of 15.21 seconds. The Wildcat decathletes, as a whole, combined for 21 points.
Rovelto praised the freshman’s performance in his first career decathlon.
“Adam had a great meet,” Rovelto said. “Granted he’s a newbie, but he still did a nice job. He had some really significant marks for him so he did some nice things.”
By: K-State Sports