Wildcats Ranked 18th in Preseason

MANHATTAN, Kan. With the Wildcats gearing up to begin track and field season next week, Kansas State’s men’s squad finds itself among the top teams in the nation. The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its preseason polls with the Wildcats ranked No. 18.


The Wildcats finished tied for 27th at the NCAA Championship last season and return both All-America performers Scott Sellers and Rok Derzanic. Sellers is the 2007 outdoor champion in the high jump and a six-time All-American and holds the school record at 7-06.00. Derzanic began his career as a Wildcat strong finishing eighth in the heptathlon at the NCAA’s last year as a freshman with a score of 5,645.


The duo is joined by another Wildcat returning after performing in the NCAA Championship. Sophomore Moritz Cleve will join Derzanic in the multi-events. Cleve finished 12th in the heptathlon with 5,604 points last year. Senior Adam Fretwell also posts a threat in the heptathlon finishing seventh in the Big 12 Conference last year.


K-State also boasts a strong athlete in sprinter Mike Myer. Last year he set a school record in the 200 meters at 21.16 seconds while finishing fourth in the big 12. He also finished fifth in the 60 meters at the Big 12 Championship.


A total of six teams from the Big 12 are ranked in the Top 25. Texas A&M (6) and Texas (7) each cracked the Top 10. The Wildcats competed in two events in December but begin the meat of the schedule next weekend with the Kansas State Invitational on Saturday at Ahearn Field House.