Wildcats Host KSU Invitational This Weekend

This Week For Kansas State
KSU Invitational
Friday-Saturday, January 5-6, 2007
Ahearn Field House Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas State track and field will be full steam ahead this weekend, as the Wildcats begin 17 consecutive weeks of competition with the KSU Invitational on Jan. 5-6 in Ahearn Field House. This will be the final home meet for the Wildcats until the KSU Open on Feb. 15. 

Last Time Out
K-State secured two automatic qualifying marks and eight event titles during the KSU All-Comers meet on Dec. 9. Senior Kaylene Wagner and sophomore Scott Sellers captured high jump titles with NCAA automatic performances, while sophomore Loren Groves won the women’s weight throw with an NCAA provisional mark and a new career-best of 64-02.50.

Other event winners from Saturday were: senior Candice Mills in the long jump, senior Monique Coleman in the 60-meter dash, sophomore Lauren Fisher in the 400-meter dash, junior Morgan Bonds in the 1,000-meter run and senior Joe Moore in the 3,000-meter run. Coleman and Moore set KSU All-Comers meet records with times of 7.53 and 8:38.61, respectively. Fisher won her first event as a Wildcat, after transfering in from Southern University.

During the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon on Dec. 8, junior Marianne Schlachter won the women’s pentathlon with 3,482 points. On the men’s side, sophomore Adam Fretwell finished third with 3,746 points. 

Wagner Wows’em in Debut
After an entire season on the sidelines, senior Kaylene Wagner made an immediate impact in her first meet as a Wildcat. The product of Goleta, Calif., and a transfer from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo won the women’s high jump during the KSU All-Comers meet on Dec. 9 with an NCAA Indoor Championship automatic qualifying height of 6-00.50.

To put this height in perspective, K-State had not seen a female surpass six feet in the event since Morgan High cleared 6-00.75 during the KSU-KU-MU Triangular on Jan. 24, 2004.

Stellar Sellers
Scott Sellers quickly eliminated any doubt of a return trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships with an automatic qualifying height of 7-04.25 during the KSU All-Comers meet on Dec. 9. The effort tied his career-best from the 2006 Big 12 Indoor Championships.

Sellers earned All-American honors in his first NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing ninth in the high jump with a clearance of 7-02.50. The Katy, Texas native was the first male freshman to earn All-American honors in the Rovelto era and the first since Kenny Harrison in 1985.

Groves in the Groove
Sophomore Loren Groves is ahead of schedule from a season ago. The Scott, City, Mo., native carded an NCAA Indoor Championship provisional distance and new personal-best in the weight throw with a mark of 64-02.50. She has surpassed 60 feet in eight of her nine career weight throw performances.

In 2006, Groves notched her first provisional mark and previous career-best of 63-11.50 on Jan. 28 during the Wildcat Invitational.

Give it to Me Straight, Schlachter
Junior Marianne Schlachter picked up where she left off in 2006, by winning the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon on Dec. 8. The product of Albbruck, Germany notched a career-high point total of 3,482, as she tallied discipline wins in the high jump (5-06.00), long jump (18-00.50) and the 800-meter run (2:30.96).

Her previous career-high in the event was 3,403 points during the 2005 edition of the Carol Robinson.