Wildcats Win Three Events at Arkansas Invite

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Senior Kaylene Wagner continued her win streak in the high jump to three, as Kansas State track and field won three event titles during the Arkansas Invitational on Friday.


Wagner cleared a height of 5-11.25 to push her personal winning streak to three. The Goleta, Calif., native will make a return trip to the Randal Tyson Track Center later this season after automatically qualifying in the event with a personal season-best height of 6-00.50 during the season-opening KSU All-Comers meet.


Sophomore Scott Sellers won his second high jump competition of the season with a clearance of 7-02.50. The clearance equaled his effort from the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships, when the Katy, Texas native earned All-American honors with his ninth-place finish. Sellers will also make a return trip to Fayetteville with Wagner, as he also automatically qualified in the event during the KSU All-Comers meet with a height of 7-04.25.


Joining Wagner as a female event winner on Friday was freshman Lindsay Pierson. The product of Lee’s Summit, Mo., won her debut as a Wildcat during the women’s unseeded mile with a clocking of 5:10.93.


The Wildcats also recorded four runner-up efforts and two third-place performances. Junior Marianne Schlachter led the way in runner-up finishes with an NCAA provisional mark and new personal-best of 41-10.00 in the women’s triple jump. This was Schlachter’s first triple jump of the season and the distance ranks fourth in K-State history.  


Sophomore Liliani Mendez finished second in the women’s championship mile with a K-State season-best of 4:55.16. This was the first indoor meet of the season for the Dorado, Puerto Rico product after finishing 15th at the 2006 Big 12 Cross Country Championships.


Sophomores Jason Collett and Colin Swaney each finished second in the unseeded men’s 800-meter run (1:54.20) and the unseeded men’s 3,000-meter run (8:35.42), respectively.


Senior Candice Mills tallied a third-place distance of 19-06.75 in the long jump, while the women’s distance medley relay of Pierson, Laura Smith, Emily Dittemore and Megan-Ann Perrin finished third with a time of 12:26.30.


Kansas State will take part in the inaugural Conference Challenge in Lincoln, Neb., at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Jan. 20. The Big 12 Conference will face off against the Mountain West Conference in this team-scored meet.