Wagner, Groves Win Titles in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Senior Kaylene Wagner won her fifth straight high jump title and sophomore Loren Groves captured her third weight throw crown during the first day of the Dan DeHart Invitational on Friday night.

 

Wagner cleared a personal season-best height of 6-00.75 to win her fifth high jump crown of the 2007 season. The clearance by the Goleta, Calif., product ties her with Morgan High for the fifth-highest clearance in K-State history. It also set a new Albuquerque Convention Center, which was previously held by Caroline Wolf of Texas A&M at a height of 6-00.50. Wagner has now cleared six feet in three of five competitions this season.

 

Also setting a new Convention Center record was Groves in the women’s weight throw. The native of Scott City, Mo., notched a distance of 67-04.00 for her third title of the season. The previous Convention Center record was 65-02 by Jill McCormick of Colorado State.

 

Trailing Groves in second place in the event was junior Laci Heller with a throw of 63-03.25. It is the second time this season Heller has finished as a runner-up to Groves. The Meriden, Kan., native has now surpassed the NCAA provisional standard in 20 of her 23 career competitions.

 

With the efforts of Wagner, Groves and Heller, the K-State women lead Arizona State 32-28 after five scored events.

 

Senior Monique Coleman and sophomore Mike Myer advanced to the finals of the men’s and women’s 60-meter dash on Saturday at 11:35 a.m. (MST) and 11:40 a.m. (MST). Coleman finished fourth with a clocking of 7.61. Myer registered a personal season-best of 6.86 to finish third.

 

In the final day of the Roger Cox Multis on Friday afternoon, sophomore Adam Fretwell finished seventh with a new personal best point total of 5,234. The Houston, Texas product missed the NCAA provisional mark by just 66 points, but the total ranks 10th in K-State history. 

Kansas State will conclude action on Saturday at the Dan DeHart Invitational. The Wildcats will compete in 13 events on the banked surface of the Albuquerque Convention Center.