Cats Make Second Trip to Lincoln

This Week For Kansas State
Sevigne Husker Invitatonal
Friday-Saturday, February 2-3, 2007
Devaney Sports Center Lincoln, Neb.
Live Results at www.huskers.com or www.kstatesports.com

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will compete on a banked track for the final time before the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend at the Sevigne Husker Invitational at the Devaney Sports Center.

The Wildcats will compete against fellow Big 12 members Kansas and Nebraska along with Oregon, Tennessee, UTEP, Iowa, Washington State and Wyoming.

Last Time Out
K-State secured four event titles and four runner-up finishes during the Dan DeHart Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., last weekend. Winning event crowns were senior Kaylene Wagner (high jump), junior Morgan Bonds (800), sophomore Loren Groves (weight throw) and sophomore Scott Sellers (high jump).

Earning runner-up finishes were senior Bryce Bergman (pole vault), junior Marianne Schlachter (triple jump), junior Laci Heller (weight throw) and sophomore Mike Myers (200).

In team scoring, Kansas State finished third in the women’s standings with 61 points, while the carded 50.

Last Year’s Sevigne Husker Invitational     
Christian Smith was named Big 12 Athlete of the Week on Feb. 7, 2006 after breaking a 20-year old national collegiate record while winning the men’s 1,000-meter run during the 2006 Sevigne Husker Invitational.

Smith, a native of Garfield, Kan., broke the national mark with a clocking of 2:19.57 and finished over seven seconds ahead of runner-up Chad Bergen of North Dakota State. Smith broke the previous college mark set by Doug Consiglio of Arkansas in 1986 of 2:19.64. The time has been accepted as a national record by Track and Field News.

The time also broke the following records (previous mark): the Kansas State record (2:20.24 Smith, 2004), the Bob Devaney Sports Center record (2:20.24 Smith, 2004, Big 12 Championships) and the Sevigne Husker Invitational record (2:25.20 Jeff Pigg, Missouri, 1985). 

K-State Women Remain in Top-15
In this week’s Trackwire 25, K-State’s women have remained among the top-15 in 12th with 19 points. The Wildcats were seventh in last week’s poll with 22 points.

The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualfying competitions across the country. This projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event.

Other Big 12 teams in the poll were Texas Tech in fifth with 30 points, Texas A&M in sixth with 25 points and Texas in 10th with 20 points. The women’s national leader this week is LSU with 47 points.

Four Wildcats Remain Among Top-Five of Dandy Dozen
Four K-State athletes appear among the top-five in this week’s Dandy Dozen, calculated by Trackwire. The four athletes are senior Kaylene Wagner in the women’s high jump (second), sophomore Scott Sellers in the men’s high jump (second), junior Candice Mills in the women’s long jump (fourth) and sophomore Loren Groves in the women’s weight throw (fourth).

Other Wildcats in the top-10 are: junior Marianne Schlachter in the women’s triple jump (8th), junior Laci Heller in the women’s weight throw (10th) and junior Morgan Bonds in the women’s 800-meter run (10th).

The factors used to build the Dandy Dozen include quantitative values that measure performances in past major competitions (such as conference championships, national championships and Olympic competition), durability and freedom from injuries, demonstrated ability to compete well in multiple rounds of competition, ability in other events, head-to-head competition with other top athletes, and personal or seasonal bests.

Wagner Wows’em
Senior Kaylene Wagner has started her K-State career with five straight wins in the high jump after an entire season on the sidelines. She is believed to be the first female in school history to win five consecutive high jump titles in a single season. The product of Goleta, Calif., and a transfer from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, won her fifth title with a new personal season-best of 6-00.75 at the Dan DeHart Invitational. The clearance is the fifth-highest in school history, tying with Morgan High’s effort from the 2004 KSU-KU-MU Triangular. Wagner is also the first K-State female to surpass six feet in the event since High.

Wagner opned the 2007 season with an NCAA automatic qualifying height of 6-00.50 during the KSU All-Comers on Dec. 9 and equaled the effort during the Conference Challenge on Jan. 20.

Wagner also added wins at the KSU Invitational (5-10.75) and at the Arkansas Invitational (5-11.25).

Stellar Sellers Ties School Record
Sophomore Scott Sellers engraved his name into the K-State record books during the Dan DeHart Invitational with a winning high jump of 7-05.25. The clearance ties him with Kyle Lancaster and Percell Gaskins for the top indoor effort by a Wildcat. The mark also set a new Albuquerque Convention Center record and improved upon his NCAA automatic qualifying status.

To open the 2007 season, Seller quickly eliminated any doubt that a return trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships was in jeopardy, with an automatic qualifying height of 7-04.25 during the KSU All-Comers meet on Dec. 9. The effort tied his previous career-best from the 2006 Big 12 Indoor Championships.

Sellers earned All-American honors in his first NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing ninth in the high jump with a clearance of 7-02.50. The Katy, Texas native was the first male freshman to earn All-American honors in the Rovelto era and the first since Kenny Harrison in 1985.

Groves in the Groove
Sophomore Loren Groves boosted her win streak in the women’s weight throw to three, winning the Dan DeHart Invitational with a toss of 67-04.00. This effort set a new Albuquerque Covention Center record and was the third time this season she thrown beyond the NCAA provisional mark of 62-04.00.

The Scott City, Mo., native won her second weight throw title of the season with a new personal-best toss of 67-10.25. The distance ranks second in K-State history behind Renetta Seiler’s toss of 69-02.50 during the 1998 NCAA Championships.

Groves has now surpassed 60 feet in nine of 10 career weight throw competitions and improved on her NCAA Indoor Championship provisional status with the distance from the KSU Invitational.

Her Name is Bonds, Morgan Bonds
Junior Morgan Bonds has continued her strong start to the 2007 season, winning the 800-meter run at the Dan DeHart Invitational in 2:12.21. Bonds has now won three consecutive 800s and has won every race she has competed in this season (600-yard to 1,000-meters).

Bonds made her first appearance in an 800-meter race this season a memorable one. The native of Hutchinson, Kan., crossed the tape in a personal-best time of 2:07.87 to win the event in the championship heat at the Arkansas Invitational, Jan. 12. With the clocking, Bonds tallied her first career NCAA provisional mark in the event and the second-fastest time in school history. Her time trails only Lysaira Roman-Del Valle’s 2:05.52 during the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. Both of these times were notched on the Randal Tyson Track in Fayetteville.

Just What the Schlachter Ordered
Junior Marianne Schlachter continued her strong 2007 season with a second-place distance and new personal-best of 43-00.50 in the triple jump at the Dan DeHart Invitational. The effort is the third-longest triple jump in school history, trailing Chaytan Hill (44-09.50) and Vannita Kinard (44-03.25). Schlachter’s previous career-best came earlier this season at the Arkansas Invitational with a jump of 41-10.00. 

Schlachter opened the 2007 season by winning the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon on Dec. 8. She notched a career-high point total of 3,482, as she tallied discipline wins in the high jump (5-06.00), long jump (18-00.50) and the 800-meter run (2:30.96).

Flying Like a Bird, Man
Senior Bryce Bergman recorded his first career NCAA indoor provisional mark with a clearance of 17-00.75, finishing second at the Dan DeHart Invitational. Bergman’s previous indoor career-high was 16-05.25 during last year’s Big 12 Championships.

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

Yeah, Baby
Sophomore sprinter Mike Myer continued his steady effort this season with a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash and a third place finish in the 60-meter dash during the Dan DeHart Invitational last weekend. Myer, a native of Lenexa, Kan., finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.56, which ranks as the fourth fastest in school history.

His third-place finish in the finals of the 60 came in a time of 6.87. His qualifying time in the preliminaries of 6.86 was the eighth fastest in school history.

16 and Counting for Heller
Sophomore Laci Heller won her 16th career weight throw title on Saturday at the Conference Challenge. The Meriden, Kan., native has surpassed the NCAA Indoor provisional mark in 20 of her 23 career meets. Heller has surpassed 60 feet in every competition during her career.

The win for Heller is her first in the event since winning the 2006 Big 12 Indoor weight throw title on the same ring in the Devaney Sports Center.

Don’t Fret, Everything is Well
Sophomore Adam Fretwell scored a career-high 5,234 points during the heptathlon at the Roger Cox Multis last weekend in Albuquerque. The product of Houston, Texas, finished seventh in a field that included four of the top-12 heptathletes in the nation. The point total for Fretwell ranks 10th in school history and missed the NCAA provisional standard by just 66 points (5,300).