K-State Closes Invite with Nine Event Titles

MANHATTAN, Kan. The final day of the KSU Invitational saw Kansas State earn nine victories at Ahearn Field House Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats swept both the 600Y, 60M sprint and the 4x400M relays, while newcomer Alexandra Gonzalez captured the second win of her K-State career.

 

Two-time Big 12 600Y champion Morgan Bonds started an early campaign for her third title as she breezed to a win in the event during Saturday’s competition. The senior captain finished with a run of 1:22.56, while Irene Masai of Oklahoma State placed second with a time of 1:25.47.

 

Sam James and Jason Collett finished as the top two runners in the men’s 600Y, with James taking the victory in a time of 1:12.14. Collett crossed the tape at a time of 1:13.66.

 

Sophomore Gonzalez won her second pole vault competition in as many meets as she paced the four Wildcats in the event with a clearance of 12-01.50. Freshmen Meriel Harwood and Lauren Lucas each earned their first marks as K-State competitors with a second-place tie at 10-08.00.

 

The Wildcats swept the top spots in the 60M, as Marnyka Honeycutt and Mike Myer ran to first-place finishes. Honeycutt, a senior from Denver, Colo., cruised to the win with a time of 7.67, outrunning second-place Tiara Walpool who clocked a 7.90. Junior Lauren Fisher took third in a time of 7.91. Myer won the men’s heat with a run of 6.94, as newcomer Nelson Onyegbu was second in 7.03.

 

The 4x400M relays finished first for the men and women, as the men had their fastest time of the season with a run of 3:24.38. The team of Myer, Scott Sellers, Adam Fretwell and Collett outran the K-State B’ team who had a time of 3:38.13. On the women’s side, Walpool, Donniece Parrish, Honeycutt and Bonds finished ahead of the pack with a time of 3:50.73, as K-State B’ ran 4:03.54.

 

Mike Sickafoose earned a victory in his first race in the purple and white, as the Colorado Springs, Colo., freshman won the men’s mile. Sickafoose ran a mark of 4:34.79 to outrun McPherson College’s Israel Ortiz who crossed the line at 4:39.03.

 

In the 60M hurdles, junior Adam Fretwell ran to the win on the men’s side with a time of 8.42. For the women, top Wildcat Denise Baker finished second after running a mark of 9.11, while Lindsay Grigoriev finished third in a run of 9.18.

 

Grigoriev also competed in the shot put during the day’s events, as she finished as the runner-up with a toss of 44-06.25. Eric Thomas was the top KSU finisher on the men’s side, throwing a season-best 50-02.50.

 

The Wildcat track and field teams will continue action next week as K-State travels outside of Ahearn Field House for the first time this season. The teams will compete at the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday, Jan. 11th. For complete coverage, please visit www.kstatesports.com.