Groves, Sellers Named Big 12 Athletes of the Week

MANHATTAN, Kan. After finishing the weekend with automatic qualifications to the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships, juniors Loren Groves and Scott Sellers were named the Big 12 Athletes of the Week as announced by the conference office Tuesday. The honors are the first for K-State track and field athletes during the 2008 indoor season.

 

Groves earned her first automatic bid during Saturday’s Wildcat Invitational after tossing a school-record 69-11.50 in the women’s weight throw. She broke the 10-year-old KSU record set by Renetta Seiler at the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championships by nine inches. Groves’ previous season best was a provisional mark of 66-10.00 on December 8th at the KSU All-Comers, while the top throw of her career was 68-03.75 at the KSU Open on Feb. 15, 2007. The award marks the second for Groves during her Wildcat career, as she was the Women’s Athlete of the Week the final week of the 2007 season.

 

Sellers receives the Big 12 Men’s Athlete of the Week accolade for the first time in his K-State career, after he took second during Friday’s portion of the Wildcat Invitational. The junior from Katy, Texas, reached his second NCAA automatic height of 7-04.25 during the short 2008 season. Sellers competed in the high jump invitational that brought in six additional competitors that have each cleared 7-00.00 in their indoor career, including three Division I and two Division II All-Americans. Sellers finished second in a jumpoff with Jesse Williams, former USC jumper and 2007 USA Indoor runner-up. Each cleared the 7-04.25 bar, while Williams passed over the 7-05.75 height on the fourth attempt to take first.