K-State Headed to Arkansas Invitational

This Week For Kansas State
Arkansas Invitational
Friday, January 12, 2007
Randal Tyson Track Center Fayetteville, Ark.
Live results available at www.hogwired.com

The Wildcats will begin five weeks of competition on the road this weekend at the Arkansas Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center. This is the second straight season that K-State will compete at the site of the NCAA Indoor Championship.   

Last Time Out
Kansas State shook off the holiday rust with eight event titles during the KSU Invitational on Jan.5-6 in Ahearn Field House. For the weekend, K-State won 10 event crowns.

Leading the afternoon's efforts was senior Kaylene Wagner, as she secured her second high jump title this season with a clearance of 5-10.75. The product of Goleta, Calif., registered an NCAA automatic qualifying height of 6-00.50 during the season-opening KSU All-Comers.

Senior Wally Walstrom captured the men’s pole vault title with a clearance of 15-07.00. The effort by the Marysville, Kan., native was over a foot better than his season-opening effort of 14-05.25 during the KSU All-Comers. Walstrom’s teammate, senior Bryce Bergman, finished second with a height of 15-01.00.

Sophomore Mike Myer dashed to his first title as a member of the Wildcats with a personal best time of 6.90 in the 60-meter dash. His previous K-State best was 6.98 during the KSU All-Comers.

Sophomore Tevan Everett nudged past teammate, freshman Sam James, to win the men’s 600-yard run, 1:12.10 to 1:12.37. It is Everett’s second career title at the distance.

Freshman Ramone Lowe, a product of Junction City, Kan., garnered his first career win as a Wildcat on Saturday afternoon, clocking a 50.44 in the 400-meter dash. 

Also capturing event wins on Saturday were junior Morgan Bonds in the women’s 600-yard run in 1:25.36, sophomore Jason Collett in the men’s 800-meter run in 1:56.32 and the men's 4x400-meter relay in 3:26.87.

On Friday, sophomores Loren Groves and Nate Brummet won the women’s and men’s weight throw. Groves tallied a new personal-best and the second-best throw in school history with a mark of 67-10.25. Brummet also recorded a new personal-best with a toss of 56-09.50.

Last Time in Arkansas
Kansas State’s last trip to the Randal Tyson Track Center was a successful one on March 10-11 for the 2006 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Former Wildcat Christian Smith won the men’s mile title for K-State’s first indoor national title since 1993.  

Despite sending just three athletes to the championship, the K-State men scored their best finish since 1993 with 17 points for an 11th-place finish.

Distance Runners to Debut
Six of K-State’s distance runners will make their first appearances of the 2007 season on Friday. The athletes making the season debut on the indoor oval are: sophomores Liliani Mendez, Alex Umberger, Colin Swaney and Kory Cool and freshman Lindsay Pierson. Mendez finished sixth at the 2006 Big 12 Indoor Championships in the mile with a personal-best time of 4:51.90. This will be the indoor K-State debut for Cool and Pierson.
Groves in the Groove
Sophomore Loren Groves continued her fast start to the 2007 season with another impressive weekend during the KSU Invitational. The Scott City, Mo., native won her second weight throw title of the season with a new personal-best toss of 67-10.25. The distance ranks second in K-State history behind Renetta Seiler’s toss of 69-02.50 during the 1998 NCAA Championships.

Groves has now surpassed 60 feet in nine of 10 career weight throw competitions and improved on her NCAA Indoor Championship provisional status with the distance from the KSU Invitational.  

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 that a return trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships was in jeopardy, 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.

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. 

15 and Counting for Heller
With her first career Big 12 title in the weight throw, sophomore Laci Heller won her 15th career weight throw title. The Meriden, Kan., native has surpassed the NCAA Indoor provisional mark in 18 of her 21 career meets.

Heller has also surpassed 60 feet in every competition during her career.