Sellers Ties High Jump Record in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Kansas State head track coach Cliff Rovelto witnessed several of his Wildcat athletes etch their names into the K-State record books Saturday afternoon at the Dan DeHart Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center.


One of the Wildcats who placed his name among some of K-State’s finest was sophomore Scott Sellers. The Katy, Texas native tied the school record in the high jump held by Kyle Lancaster and Percell Gaskins with a clearance of 7-05.25. The height also set a new Covention Center record, which was previously held by Manjula Kuma Wijesekara of USC at 7-03.75.


Entering the weekend, Sellers was ranked first in the nation with his previous indoor best of 7-04.25, during the KSU All-Comers in December. This was the third high jump victory for him this season.


In the women’s triple jump, junior Marianne Schlachter continued her strong 2007 season with a new personal-best leap of 43-00.50 for a second place finish. The product of Albbruck, Germany skipped past her previous career best of 41-10.00 and improved on her NCAA provisional qualifying status. Schlachter now ranks third in school history behind Chaytan Hill (44-09.50) and Vanitta Kinard (44-03.25).


Registering his first career NCAA provisional mark in the pole vault on Saturday was senior Bryce Bergman. The Baileyville, Kan., native cleared a height of 17-00.75 for a second-place finish. Bergman tied with the winner, Chris Ashcraft of Texas Tech, but due to misses was slotted into second by the judges.


The height by Bergman ranks third in school history and is the first clearance of 17 feet indoors since Dustin Schmidt cleared 17-02.75 during the 2003 KSU-KU-MU Triangular.


Junior Morgan Bonds won her third straight 800-meter run title with a clocking of 2:12.21. The Hutchinson, Kan., native has an NCAA provisional qualifying time and personal season-best of 2:07.87 from the Arkansas Invitational on Jan. 12.


Also with a strong effort this weekend was sophomore Mike Myer. Myer finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.56, which ranks as the fourth fastest in school history. He also tallied a third-place finish in the finals of the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.87. His qualifying time of 6.86 was the eighth fastest in school history.


In team scoring, the K-State women finished third with 61 points while the men finished tied for fifth with Arizona with 50 points.


Kansas State will make its annual stop at the Sevigne Husker Invitational next weekend at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb.