Wildcats Close Invitational Strong

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State completed action at the Wildcat Invitational on Saturday ending the event with eight first-place finishes. The Wildcats also had their first automatic qualifying mark of the season as Loren Groves won the weight throw.


Groves won her event with a season-best throw of 69-08.00 to put her in the NCAA Championship at season’s end. Groves was joined by three teammates among the top throwers on the day. Chelsie Bonds finished second while Amanda Boor and Ali Pistora followed to claim to top four spots in the weight throw. For the men the triumvirate of Nate Brummet, Cole Zenisek and Eric Thomas place third through fifth respectively.


The action Saturday opened with the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon as Moritz Cleve kept hold on his lead from the first day and held off the competition for the win. His 5,606 points bested the field by 90 points as his nearest competitor was Chris Helwick competing unattached with 5,516 points. Cleve’s mark also was good enough for a provisional qualifier and just short of an automatic mark. Adam Fretwell finished fifth in the heptathlon for the Wildcats with 4,370 points.


The Wildcats saw success in the field events in the morning at Ahearn Field House with the women claiming the top four spots in the pole vault. Alexandra Gonzalez won the event with a vault of 12-01.50. Abby Shanahan finished second with a new personal best mark of 11-07.75. Meriel Harwood came in third for the Wildcats and Nancy Harrington came in fourth. David Taylor tied his personal best while finishing second in the men’s competition at 15-01.00.


TiAra Walpool tallied a new personal best in the triple jump as she leaped past the other competitors with a jump of 40-11.75 surpassing her pervious best by 11 inches. Emmanuel Neizer finished second in the men’s triple jump while tying his personal best of 48-04.50.


In the running events, K-State continued to post personal best marks and came away with four wins. Denise Baker posted her best time in the 60 meter hurdles at 8.73 while winning the event. She also finished fourth in the 60 meters with a best time of 7.93. Mike Myer won the men’s 60 meters for the Wildcats in 6.85 while Mantas Silkauskas finished just behind him in second at 6.87.


Alex Umberger finished third in the mile with a time of 4:28.88, and Gus Vazquez-Milan came away with the Wildcats’ final individual win beating the field in the 400 meters at 50.61. Lakeisha Pointer-Allen finished second in the 600 yards as well.


In the final event of the day, the men finished second in the 4X400 relay with a time of 3:23.28. The women’s team won the event in a time of 4:01.51.


The Wildcats will be in action next weekend at the Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., for the two-day event.