K-State Opens Action at Sevigne Husker Invite

LINCOLN, Neb. Kansas State began competition at the 32nd annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational on Friday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. A number of Wildcats advanced out of the preliminaries of the running events on Friday night.


Opening competition for the Wildcats on Friday afternoon, junior Marianne Schlachter scored a career-high 3,603 points for a seventh-place finish in the pentathlon. The point total ranks 10th in school history and was just 97 points from an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Schlachter’s previous career-best was 3,482 points during the season-opening Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon.


Sophomore Mike Myer clocked the seventh-fastest preliminary time in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.95. Last weekend at the Dan DeHart Invitational Myer recorded a personal best of 6.86, which is tied for the eighth-fastest time in school history. The Lenexa, Kan., native will compete in the semifinals at 1:39 p.m.


Myer narrowly missed advancing to Saturday’s final of the 200-meter dash due to a judge’s decision. Myer finished first in the sixth heat with a time of 21.80, but was tied with Justin Woods of Washington State running in the seventh heat. When the times were extrapolated to the thousandth of a second, Woods defeated Myer 21.793 to 21.794 and captured the eighth and final qualifying position.


Senior Monique Coleman qualified for the finals of the women’s 400-meter dash with a K-State season-best clocking of 56.07. Coleman’s time was the sixth-fastest on the night and surpassed her previous team-leading clocking of 58.35 from the KSU Invitational on Jan. 6. The finals of the women’s 400 is scheduled for 2:40 p.m.  


Senior Obi Ikwuakor advanced to the semifinals of the women’s 60-meter hurdles with a personal season-best clocking of 9.32. Her previous season-best was 9.40 during the Conference Challenge on the same Devaney Center track on Jan. 20. Ikwuakor will compete in the semifinals at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday.


Junior Marnyka Honeycutt crossed the line in the women’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7.77. Honeycutt will compete in the semifinals at 1:31 p.m.


The Wildcats will conclude action at the Sevigne Husker Invitational on Saturday afternoon.