Parrish Races to First NCAA Qualifying Mark

LINCOLN, Neb. During the final day of the Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., Kansas State senior Donniece Parrish earned her first NCAA provisionally qualifying mark as she finished third in the women’s 400M final. The Florissant, Mo., product recorded a time of 53.95 to break her previous best of 55.32 from Friday’s preliminary heat. The mark currently sits as the fourth best time in Kansas State indoor history.

 

In addition to one NCAA qualifier, K-State walked away with one event title as Jason Collett won the men’s 800M. With his season best and second best mark ever, the junior ran a time of 1:52.08 to finish ahead of Illinois’ Brian Beaird who crossed the line at 1:52.21.

 

The Wildcat-filled running of the 200M consolation resulted in K-State individuals finishing one-two-three, with senior Marnyka Honeycutt leading the way. Honeycutt had a season best sprint of 24.74, which also stands as the second-best run of her KSU career. Freshman Tiara Walpool took second in a personal-best time of 24.96, while sophomore Lauren Fisher finished third in 25.40.

 

The women also recorded runner-up placings in two events, including the 4x400M relay special invite, as the Wildcats had a season-best run of 3:45.87. The legs of Walpool, Parrish, Honeycutt and Morgan Bonds finished second to Baylor, who ran a time of 3:44.48. The KSU squad had a previous top mark this year of 3:45.91 in last week’s Conference Challenge.

 

Junior Emily Dittemore had a silver finish in the women’s 1000M as she ran a time of 3:01.71.

 

Top finishers on the men’s side include Adam Fretwell who completed the men’s heptathlon with a third-place finish and 5,275 points. The mark is his second best point total and was 25 from an NCAA provisional mark. He finished the seven-event heptathlon on Saturday with times of 8.39 in the 60M hurdles and a PR of 2:38.38 in the 1000M, and also vaulted a top-mark of 15-02.75 in the pole vault.

 

Wildcats took the second and third spot in the men’s mile, as freshman Mike Sickafoose ran a time of 4:16.14 and Danny Schneider recorded a mark of 4:16.27, a new personal best.

 

The men’s 4x400M relay finished third with a recording of 3:16.86, just shy of the season best of 3:16.57. K-State used legs of Rok Derzanic, Sam James, Mike Myer and Jason Collett to finish immediately ahead of Kansas, who clocked a time of 3:16.90.

 

A number of K-State individuals raced to personal-best times that also sit among the top 10 on the all-time KSU performance lists. For the men, senior Colin Swaney ran the fifth best school mark in the 3000M special invite with a time of 8:15.72. He finished sixth with the run that broke his previous best of 8:22.35 from the ISU Classic in 2007. Also with a fifth best run in school record books was Denise Baker in the women’s 60M hurdle final. She ran a PR of 8.86 to take eighth, bettering her prelim time of 8.91 that was the eighth best KSU run.

 

Sophomore Beverly Ramos clocked the eighth-best school mark as she raced in the women’s 3000M special invitational. She placed third with a run of 9:48.36 to beat her earlier best of 9:49.20 from the 2008 Arkansas Invitational.

 

The Wildcats will continue their road swing as they travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., next week to take part in the Don Barrett Air Force Open. For complete coverage of the K-State track and field teams, please visit www.kstatesports.com.