K-State Aids in Big 12 Victory at Conference Challenge

LINCOLN, Neb. The Kansas State Wildcat track and field team played a large part in leading the Big 12 to a win at the Conference Challenge in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday. The Big 12 team of K-State, Nebraska and Missouri combined for 224 points to win over the Mountain West squad of Air Force, BYU and Colorado State with 145 points. The Wildcat women lent a helping hand by providing the most points of any women’s squad with 53, while Nebraska was second with 38.


The Wildcat women earned the points off of seven event victories, including two from sprinter Donniece Parrish. The senior took the title in the 60M, as well as the 200M. She ran a time of 7.61 in the 60M to capture her second win of the season in the race. In the 200M, Parrish finished in a time of 24.24 to earn her first career victory in the event. Senior Marnyka Honeycutt provided points by taking runner-up in both events, crossing the line in 7.67 in the 60M and 24.86 in the 200M.


Sophomore Lauren Fisher continued the Cats’ winning ways in the sprints as she took the 400M crown with a personal-best run. Fisher ran a time of 57.71 to win her second 400M race this season.


Morgan Bonds raced to victory in the 600Y with a time of 1:22.46. She also anchored the winning women’s 4x400M relay team. The K-State squad of Tiara Walpool, Parrish, Honeycutt and Bonds finished in 3:45.91 to mark the fastest time this season, bettering the previous run of 3:49.99 from the season-opening KSU All-Comers.


Two distance runners finished in second place, as Beverly Ramos finished with a time of 4:54.90 in the mile to mark a new top run in the event. Liliani Mendez had her second-best time in the women’s 1000M as she finished second with a time of 2:49.94, her top mark this season.


In field events, KSU provided two wins including a one-two finish in the women’s weight throw. Loren Groves had her second-best toss of the season with 67-00.50. Laci Heller notched a season-best mark and the fourth longest of her career with a throw of 65-01.25. Thomaida Polydorou won the triple jump with a personal-best jump of 40-06.25. At the Arkansas Invitational this season, she set a personal-best with a recording of 40-04.25.


The men walked away with one win as Sam James raced to a career mark in the 800M. The sophomore finished in a time of 1:51.81 to shave nearly one second from his earlier best (1:52.67; 2007 ISU Classic).


Junior Mike Myer raced to the runner-up spot in the men’s 200M after he ran a PR of 21.36. Myer, out of Lenexa, Kan., also finished third in the 60M with a clocking of 6.86.


Three Wildcat men took third in their respective events, including two bronze finishes from Scott Sellers. The junior from Katy, Texas, competed in his first triple jump of the season and recorded a leap of 47-07.75. He also finished third in the long jump with a mark of 22-08.00. Freshman Michael Healey set a personal best in the high jump after clearing the bar at 6-11.50.


K-State individuals also took part in the NWU Invitational that was hosted in the same facility, the Devaney Sport Center, following the Conference Challenge. The Wildcats’ top results were from Ramos and Emily Dittemore in the women’s 1000M. The pair finished second and third, respectively, in the event with Ramos running 2:54.49 and Dittemore recording a time of 3:00.76.


The Wildcats will return to the Devaney Sport Center next week for the Sevigne Husker Invitational on Fri.-Sat., Feb. 1-2.