Groves Etches Name in School-Record Book

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State junior Loren Groves opened the Saturday portion of the Wildcat Invitational with a career performance by capturing the school record in the women’s weight throw with a toss of 69-11.50. She met the mark on her first throw of the day and adds nine inches to the previous 10-year-old record (69-02.50) set by Renetta Seiler at the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championships. The distance is Groves’ first-career NCAA automatic mark and sits as the second-best throw on the NCAA performance list for the 2008 championships to be held in Fayetteville, Ark., March 14-15.


Along with Groves, K-State women also took the second and third position in the standings for the weight throw. Senior Laci Heller had a season-best distance with an NCAA provisional throw of 64-06.50. She previously tossed a qualifying mark of 63-01.25 at the KSU Invitational on January 4th. Amanda Boor registered her first mark as a Wildcat as she took third with a distance of 50-09.25.


A second K-State individual titled an event as Alexandra Gonzalez won the women’s pole vault. A week removed from her first 13-foot recording, the Puerto Rico native earned her third title as a Wildcat with a clearance of 11-11.75. Meriel Harwood took second place with a new personal best of 10-11.75, improving upon her previous top mark of 10-08.00 from the KSU Invitational January 5th.


Senior Lindsay Grigoriev had her best throw of the year in the shot put as she took the top spot by over four inches with a throw of 46-01.25. Senior Jenny Glodowski finished in bronze position with a mark of 41-09.25.


In the 60M sprint, seniors Donniece Parrish and Marnyka Honeycutt finished second and third, respectively. Parrish ran a time of 7.60, while Honeycutt crossed the line at 7.67. Each placed behind Agne Eggerth who finished with a meet-record mark of 7.52.


The Wildcat pair of Denise Baker and Grigoriev also earned a second-third finish, as the two competed in the 60M hurdles. Baker had a run of 9.08, and Grigoriev finished in 9.16.


K-State newcomers Tiara Walpool and LaKeisha Herring each jumped for the first time this season in the triple jump. Walpool finished second in the competition with a leap of 39-10.50, behind former Wildcat Chaytan Hill (41-11.50). Herring had a second-attempt mark of 37-04.00 and finished third in the event.


In her first 200M run, junior Lauren Fisher raced to a time of 26.14 to take second. She finished just shy of Rashida Allen of Missouri State who ran 26.04. Baker recorded a new PR in the event with a time of 27.06; she clocked her first mark of 27.09 last week at the Arkansas Invitational.


Thomaida Polydorou, who had a personal best last week in the triple jump, jumped for her third-best mark in the long jump Saturday afternoon. She registered a second leap of 17-11.00 to finish fourth out of 18 competitors.


The Wildcats will return to the road as K-State travels to Lincoln, Neb., for the next two weeks. On January 26th, the Cats will compete in the Conference Challenge while the Sevigne Husker Invitational will be held February 1st.