Two-Day Wildcat Invitational to Kick Off Friday

MANHATTAN, Kan. With the 2008 track and field season in motion, Kansas State will host its fourth meet of the year with the Wildcat Invitational being held in Ahearn Field House Fri.-Sat., Jan. 18-19. The men’s invite will be contested on Friday, while the women will compete on Saturday.

 

Friday’s men’s invite action will begin with the men’s weight throw at 4 p.m. as well as an invitational high jump featuring Kansas State’s Scott Sellers and six other seven-foot jumpers. Running events are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. with the men’s mile. On Saturday, the long jump is the first event on the women’s invite agenda at 12:15 p.m, while running events start at 2:30 p.m.

 

The complete results and recap will be posted on www.kstatesports.com as soon as events are complete.

 

Last Time Out

Kansas State paid a visit to the site of the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships last weekend during its first road trip of the season. The Wildcats walked away from the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., with one title and four runner-up finishes. Scott Sellers won his second high jump crown at the annual event with a clearance of 7-02.25. Sprinters Mike Myer and Donniece Parrish and distance runners Liliani Mendez and Beverly Ramos finished in second place. Myer and Parrish each ran their first 200M races of the year, while Mendez (mile) and Ramos (3000M) were each competing in their first meet of the indoor season.

 

Race for First in First Race

K-State distance contenders Liliani Mendez and Beverly Ramos had a longer wait for their respective indoor seasons after each battled the fields during the 2007 cross country season. The Wildcat women hit to the track for the first time at the Arkansas Invitational and proved that they were well-rested. Mendez raced to a second-place finish in the mile with a time of 4:57.51. The finish marks the third-consecutive year that the junior has taken the runner-up position at the Arkansas meet.

 

Ramos not only ran in her first meet of the year, but she also recorded her first mark in the women’s 3000M. With a personal-best time of 9:49.20, the sophomore finished behind two-time Big 12 Champion Nichole Jones of Baylor.

 

Correct Combination

The Wildcat men have been searching for the right combination for their 4x400M relay squad. With each meet, the quartet has knocked seconds off of the previous relay time and sits with a top mark of 3:16.57 this season. The relay of Mike Myer, Scott Sellers, Adam Fretwell and Jason Collett finished the KSU Invitational with a time of 3:24.38, four seconds faster than the KSU All-Comers mark. The combination of Myer, Sam James, Sellers and Collett took off eight seconds from that clocking, as they ran a time of 3:16.57.

 

Polydorou Shatters PR

Senior Thomaida Polydorou sat with the same personal best in the triple jump since January 2005 when she recorded a leap of 40-00.50. She matched the mark in February 2006 when she placed fourth at the Husker Invitational. At the 2007 Arkansas Invitational, the Limassol, Cyprus, native shattered that mark, deciding it had been around long enough. She finished with a top jump of 40-04.25 to earn her a fourth-place finish.

 

Another Week, Another Improvement

Freshman Moritz Cleve’s chance to be one of K-State’s next great decathletes improves with each passing week, as the Wildcat continues to erase time from running marks and add inches to his throws and jumps. Cleve debuted in his Purple and White uniform at the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon in December and finished with an 8.51 in the 60M hurdles, 20-10.00 in the long jump and a throw of 41-05.25 in the shot put. Cleve improved his first shot put mark at the second meet, the KSU Invitational, with a throw of 41-10.75. The Arkansas Invitational found improvements in the long jump with a 22-00.75 mark and a run of 8.25 in the hurdles.

 

Waiting in the Wings

Two-time Big 12 600Y champion Morgan Bonds has been somewhat conservative in her appearances thus far this indoor season. The senior team captain has only competed in one individual race in three possible competitions. She ran a time of 1:22.56 in the 600Y at the KSU Invitational in early January to take first. The win marked her 10th victory in the event. Her top time of 1:20.05 earned her the conference title in 2007.

 

Groves in a Groove

Wildcat thrower Loren Groves has put herself into a groove of performing well as the junior started the season strong with a victory in the women’s weight throw at the KSU All-Comers. The native of Scott City, Mo., won the event with a top toss of 66-10.00 to earn a provisional mark. In the second meet of the year, the KSU Invitational, she added a second provisional mark at 64-05.75 to earn her second victory of the year. As a sophomore, Groves threw for six NCAA provisional marks and opened the year with 64-02.50, which finished as her shortest toss of the season.

 

Over the Top

Kansas State might have known the potential that transfer Alexandra Gonzalez held, but being the Puerto Rico record holder might make her potential apparent. Gonzalez proved her worth in the first meet as a Wildcat, as she recorded an NCAA provisionally-qualifying height in the pole vault with a clearance of 12-11.50. The height marks the first time for a K-State female vaulter to pass over 12 feet since the 2006 season. During her first competition away from Ahearn Field House, Gonzalez set a personal best at the Arkansas Invitational. The young Wildcat cleared the bar at 13-02.25 to mark the third-best height in school history. Although it was her first loss, it marked a PR by nearly three inches.