K-State to Take Part in Conference Challenge

This Week For Kansas State
Conference Challenge - Big 12 vs. Mountain West
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Bob Devaney Sports Center Lincoln, Neb.
Live results available at www.huskers.com

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will take part in the inaugural Conference Challenge between the Big 12 and the Mountain West in Lincoln, Neb., at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Jan. 20.

Explanation of Weekend Scoring Procedure
The Conference Challenge will be a team scored meet with point totals of 5-3-2-1 for first through fourth place and 5 and 3 points for the relay events. Team Big 12 will consist of Kansas State, Nebraska and Missouri. Team Mountain West will consist of Air Force and Colorado State. Each team will be permitted two entries per event.

Since Team Big 12 has one more squad than Team MWC, a random draw will be conducted on Friday night. One Big 12 squad will be selected for each event and will be considered a wild card squad. The athletes of each wild card squad in each event will be exempt from team scoring. The wild card squads in each event will be kept secret until after each event is concluded, so all squad members believe they have an equal chance of scoring points for their team.

As each event occurs, the point totals from Team Big 12 and Team MWC will be tallied and the highest point total will be declared the winner.

Wagner Wows’em
Senior Kaylene Wagner has started her K-State career with three straight wins in the high jump after an entire season on the sidelines. 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.

Wagner continued her streak during the KSU Invitational with a clearance of 5-10.75 and during last weekend’s Arkansas Invitational with a winning height of 5-11.25.

Wagner’s season-opening effort of 6-00.50 ranks third in the nation and sixth in K-State history.

Stellar Sellers
Sophomore 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.

Her Name is Bonds, Morgan Bonds
Junior Morgan Bonds made her first appearance in an 800-meter race this season a memorable one. The native of Hutchinson, Kan., crossed the tape in a personal-best time of 2:07.87 to win the event in the championship heat at the Arkansas Invitational. With the clocking, Bonds tallied her first career NCAA provisional mark in the event and the second-fastest time in school history. Her time trails only Lysaira Roman-Del Valle’s 2:05.52 during the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. Both of these times were notched on the Randal Tyson Track in Fayetteville.

Just What the Schlachter Ordered
Junior Marianne Schlachter continued her strong 2007 season with a second-place distance and new personal-best of 41-10.00 in the triple jump at the Arkansas Invitational, Jan. 12. The product of Albbruck, Germany and the defending Big 12 outdoor triple jump champion, secured just her second career NCAA indoor provisional qualifying mark in the event and the fourth-longest triple jump in school history. It was her first triple jump effort of 2007. 

Schlachter opened the 2007 season by winning the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon on Dec. 8. She 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).
Groves in the Groove
Sophomore Loren Groves continued her fast start to the 2007 season with an 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.  

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.