Wildcats Add Provisional Qualifier, Set PRs in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. After completion of the first day of the Sevigne Husker Invitational hosted by Nebraska, Kansas State was able to add freshman Annika Schoenebeck to the list of NCAA qualifiers as she notched a provisional mark in the women’s pentathlon. Numerous Wildcats also set personal bests in running events, while also qualifying for finals in Saturday’s schedule of events.

 

A native of Bayern, Germany, Schoenebeck tallied 3,731 points during Friday’s pentathlon, marking the ninth-best mark in K-State’s record books. The freshman, who finished fifth in the competition, had a previous personal best of 3,448 points from the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon in early December. To earn the points, Schoenebeck notched two event bests including shaving her 60M hurdle time from 9.24 to 9.17 in the first event Friday. She then added marks of 5-03.25 in the high jump and a throw of 36-11.00 in the shot put. Schoenebeck recorded an additional PR of 17-11.50 in the long jump and completed the night with a time of 2:21.28 in the 800M.

 

Teammate Stephanie Hejde finished 10th in the women’s pentathlon, also registering a personal-best point total. Sophomore Hejde put together 3,359 points to better her previous top sum of 3,284. The Fort Collins, Colo., native had one event PR as she ran a time of 2:25.41 in the 800M, breaking her earlier best of 2:28.96.

 

After four events of the men’s heptathlon, junior Adam Fretwell sits in fourth place with a day one total of 2,849. Fretwell had marks of 7.15 in the 60M, 22-03.50 in the long jump, 40-00.75 in the shot put and 5-11.25 in the high jump. Teammate Moritz Cleve is in 11th place despite setting PRs in both the 60M (7.25) and shot put (42-08.25). Cleve sat in fifth place with 2,191 points prior to the night’s final event, the high jump, where the Wildcat freshman recorded no height. Former Wildcat Darius Draudvila, the school-record holder in the pentathlon, leads the event with 3,478.

 

In the women’s 400M, senior captain Donniece Parrish ran the third-best time of the preliminary heats after crossing the line at 55.32. The time bettered her two-year-old personal best of 55.72 from the KSU-KU-MU Triangular in 2006. The time also ties for the seventh best 400M run in KSU history. Parrish will run in the finals tentatively scheduled for 4:56 p.m. on Saturday.

 

Also moving up in the K-State record books on Friday was sophomore Denise Baker in the 60M hurdles. The product of Katy, Texas, ran a time of 8.91 to qualify for the 4:08 p.m. Saturday final. Previously sitting with the 10th best mark in the school record books with a time of 9.00 at the Conference Challenge last week, Baker improves to the eighth best position with Friday’s preliminary run.

 

K-State qualified two sprinters for additional finals on the second day, including senior Marnyka Honeycutt in the women’s 60M. Honeycutt qualified with the top time of the third heat after clocking a 7.66. The time finished as the fourth best overall in the prelims. Mike Myer ran himself to the finals of the men’s 200M, as the junior ran a time of 21.66 to finish with the seventh fastest time of the night. Honeycutt will run at approximately 4:27 p.m. tomorrow, while Myer is set for 5:14 p.m.

 

Four Wildcat women advanced to the consolation final of the 200M with Honeycutt recording the fastest time of the quartet with a run of 25.24. Sophomore Lauren Fisher had a PR of 25.33, freshman Tiara Walpool ran a time of 25.37 and LaKeisha Herring clocked a 25.72 to advance to Saturday’s 3:15 consolation. Baker finished just outside of qualifying with a personal-best time of 26.46.

 

Saturday will feature the finale of the two-day Sevigne Husker Invitational with events getting underway at 10 a.m. in the men’s heptathlon. The Wildcat runners will begin action at 2:04 p.m. A complete recap of the final day will be available after the conclusion of the meet.