Wildcats Take 11 Titles at Invitational

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Wildcat track and field team hosted the KSU Invitational on Saturday afternoon and came away with 11 first-place finishes and one NCAA provisional mark in the process. Kansas State had a strong showing at Ahearn Field House on Saturday afternoon, and senior thrower Loren Groves posted her second NCAA provisional qualifying mark of the season.


Groves made a hurl of 68-06.50 in the weight throw to win the event. Her throw broke the meet record she previously held from 2007 when she threw 67-10.50. The Wildcats swept the top four spots in the event for the women as Chelsie Bonds finished second at 58-11.25. Amanda Boor and Ali Pistora followed with throws of 54-00 and 53-06.50 respectively.


The men performed well in the weight throw as well with Nate Brummet winning at 60-11.25. Cole Zenisek finished third for the Wildcats and Eric Thomas followed right behind him in fourth. Thomas had a solid afternoon winning the shot put with a throw of 53-01.00.


Emmanuel Neizer won the men’s long jump at 22-11.75 and Scott Sellers finished in second with a leap of 22-06.25 not competing in his strongest event the high jump. In the high jump, Cassie Styers finished second with a jump of 5-04.25.


Rounding out the strong field events for the women was a trio in the pole vault. Abby Shanahan claimed first with a height of 11-05.75. Nancy Harrington and Meriel Harwood tied for second at 10-11.75.


In the running the events, the Wildcats continued to see success. Denise Baker finished third in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.03. TiAra Walpool won the 60 meter sprint with Kim Haberman finishing second for the Wildcats. The women took first and third in the 600 yards with Boglarka Bozzay running in 1:25.25 and Kristel Williams finishing in 1:28.39. Jason Collett won the event for the men in 1:12.49.


LaKeisha Pointer-Allen won the 300 meters with Baker finishing close behind in third for the Wildcats, and another swept came in the mile run for the women.


Sydney Messick won the mile in 5:08.45. Alyssa Bellinder finished second in 5:14.54. Megan-Anne Perrin came in third and Emilee Morris finished fourth to complete K-State’s dominance in the event on Saturday.


The Wildcat women also won the 4X400 relay with Walpool, Bozzay, Pointer-Allen and Haberman teaming up to finish the run in 3:54.26.