Wildcats Post Four Runners-Up in Day One

MANHATTAN, Kan. Day One of the KSU Invitational, Heptathlon and Pentathlon was a success for the Wildcats with four Kansas State athletes finishing second in their events. Sophomore Moritz Cleve ended the men’s heptathlon in the lead after four events, and Stephanie Hejde finished second in the women’s pentathlon.


Hejde finished with a a score of 3,436 points to finish ahead of all collegiate competitors. Hejde posted a season-best time of 9.39 in the 60 meter hurdles to begin the competition. She finished the event with the second fastest time of her career in the 800 meters at 2:25.28.


Cleve posted 3,109 points through four events to build a lead of more than 100 points. He made a big jump in the standings and in the air with a personal best in the long jump. His leap of 23-08.00 soared passed his previous best of 22-04.25 by more than one foot.


Senior Adam Fretwell also competed in the first day of the heptathlon and finished with 2,775 points to put himself in fourth place heading into the final three events. Fretwell finished second in the 60 meters with a time of 7.19.


Three field events for the KSU Invitational were held at Ahearn Field House as well on Friday afternoon with three Wildcats finishing second.


High jumper Scott Sellers finished second with a jump of 7-00.50. It was his second NCAA provisional mark of the season. Michael Healey finished tied for fourth in the event with a leap of 6-04.75. Cassie Styers competed for the women in the high jump and finished second with a height of 5-06.00 for a season high.


In the men’s shot put Eric Thomas finished second with a throw of 50-08.75. Rok Derzanic and Mantas Silkauskas finished ninth and 10th for the Wildcats in the event. No Wildcat women participated in the shot put.


The men’s heptathlon will conclude Saturday morning beginning at 10 with field events for the KSU Invitational starting at 1 p.m. and running events scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. at Ahearn Field House.