Wildcats Welcome Top Jumpers for High Jump

MANHATTAN, Kan. In additional to the standard slate of events scheduled for the Wildcat Invitational on Friday, Jan. 18th, K-State will be hosting an invitational high jump that will bring in some of the nation’s top male leapers. K-State’s Scott Sellers and six other competitors are scheduled to compete at 4 p.m., with each of the athletes having recorded seven-foot marks in their careers.


Sellers is the K-State record holder for both indoor and outdoor high jump, having obtained both marks during his sophomore campaign. The product of Katy, Texas, recorded a height of 7-05.75 at the 2007 ISU Classic to break the previous top jump of 7-05.25 set by Kyle Lancaster (2006) and Percell Gaskins (1993). For the outdoor record, Sellers took the Big 12 title with a height of 7-07.75.


Lamar Garrett, who has completed his indoor eligibility but will compete in outdoors, will jump against his training mate. Voted one of eight 2008 team captains, Garrett registered a personal best of 7-01.50 during the 2006 indoor season at the KSU Open. During the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon in December, Garrett ended at a height of 6-11.50, finishing second to Sellers’ NCAA automatic mark of 7-04.25.


Nebraska senior Dusty Jonas will compete on Friday, bringing in a personal best of 7-04.50 indoor while boasting a 7-05.75 outdoor best. A six-time All-American high jumper, Jonas finished the 2007 indoor year with a silver medal at the NCAA Indoor Championships after a final height of 7-04.50. He also finished as the runner-up as a freshman in 2005. While missing a Big 12 title, Jonas has three times captured the bronze medal, while adding two fourth and one fifth place finish.


Will Littleton, a senior at UT-Pan American, is the current school-record holder for the Broncos with an outdoor mark of 7-05.75. As a junior, Littleton earned an All-America accolade after placing seventh in the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships with a jump of 7-02.25. As a sophomore, Littleton became only the second member of the Broncos to earn All-America honors indoor when he finished eighth at the 2006 nationals. He also owns the indoor record for UTPA which he set at 7-02.50 at the 2006 LSU/Last Chance Meet and NCAA Championships.


Jesse Williams is a 2006 graduate from USC who set a then-personal best at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships when he cleared the bar at 7-07.25 to capture the crown. In 2007, he placed fourth at the US Outdoor Championships while finishing as the runner-up indoor. He will enter Friday’s event with a personal best of 7-07.75 set in Los Angeles.


From the Division II ranks, Jim Dilling will jump in Ahearn Field House after having a stellar 2007 year. The 2007 Minnesota State University-Mankato graduate took the title at the 2007 USA Outdoor Championships with a height of 7-05.25. The victory came after Dilling earned his fourth Division II high jump title with a winning jump of 7-04.50. His personal best of 7-06.50 earned him the Drake Relays gold during his final outdoor season.


The final competitor is Bayo Adio who is a native of Nigeria and competed for Northwest Missouri State during his collegiate years. Adio took the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) high jump title during the 2007 outdoor championships after clearing 6-11.00. He opened his latest season with a clearance at 7-00.50, marking a new indoor personal best.


For complete results of the high jump as well as the remaining Wildcat Invitational events, please visit www.kstatesports.com.