Groves Stars on Day One of KSU Invite

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State track started a stretch of 17 consecutive weeks of competition on Friday night with the first day of the KSU Invitational in Ahearn Field House. Of the nine events contested, the Wildcats captured two event crowns.


Junior Loren Groves won her second straight weight throw crown this season with a personal-best toss of 67-10.25. The mark moves her into second place on the Kansas State weight throw top-10 list and improves on her NCAA Indoor Championship provisional status.


It is the second straight meet she has reset her personal best, breaking her previous high of 64-02.50 from the KSU All-Comers Meet on Dec. 9. Groves has surpassed 60 feet in nine of 10 career weight throw competitions.


Junior Laci Heller registered a second-place finish in her first weight throw competition of 2007. The Meriden, Kan., native tossed to an NCAA provisional distance of 65-00.50. Heller has thrown beyond 60 feet in all 21 of her career weight throw efforts.


Sophomore Nate Brummet snared his first collegiate weight throw title with a toss of 56-09.50 during the men’s weight throw.


Kansas State will continue action in the KSU Invitational on Saturday afternoon beginning with the women’s shot put at 1 p.m.