Cats to Visit ISU Classic This Weekend

This Week For Kansas State
ISU Classic
Thursday-Saturday, February 8-10, 2007
Lied Rec Center Ames, Iowa
Live Results at www.cyclones.com or www.kstatesports.com

MANHATTAN, Kan - The Wildcats will finish up its five-week road trip this weekend at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 8-10 at the Lied Recreation Center. This is the first of two trips to Ames, Iowa this season for K-State, as the Cyclones will host the Big 12 Indoor Championships, Feb. 23-24.

Last Time Out
K-State secured two event titles and two runner-up finishes during the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., last weekend. Winning event crowns were junior Morgan Bonds (600-yard) and sophomore Tevan Everett (600-yard).

Earning runner-up finishes were sophomore Liliani Mendez (mile) and sophomore Tevas Everett (600-yard).

K-State Women Remain in Top-15
In this week’s Trackwire 25, K-State’s women remained among the top-15 by climbing one spot to 11th with 20 points. The Wildcats were 12th in last week’s poll with 19 points.

The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualfying competitions across the country. This projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event.

Other Big 12 teams in the poll are Texas Tech in sixth with 29 points, Texas A&M in seventh with 28 points, Texas in 13th with 18 points and Kansas in 23rd with nine points. The women’s national leader this week is Arizona State with 45 points.

Four Wildcats Remain Among Top-Five of Dandy Dozen
Four K-State athletes appear among the top-five in this week’s Dandy Dozen, calculated by Trackwire. The four athletes are senior Kaylene Wagner in the women’s high jump (second), sophomore Scott Sellers in the men’s high jump (third), junior Candice Mills in the women’s long jump (fourth) and sophomore Loren Groves in the women’s weight throw (fourth).

Other Wildcats in the top-10 are: junior Marianne Schlachter in the women’s triple jump (7th) and junior Morgan Bonds in the women’s 800-meter run (12th).

The factors used to build the Dandy Dozen include quantitative values that measure performances in past major competitions (such as conference championships, national championships and Olympic competition), durability and freedom from injuries, demonstrated ability to compete well in multiple rounds of competition, ability in other events, head-to-head competition with other top athletes, and personal or seasonal bests.

Wagner Wows’em
Senior Kaylene Wagner has started her K-State career with five straight wins in the high jump after an entire season on the sidelines. She is believed to be the first female in school history to win five consecutive high jump titles in a single season. The product of Goleta, Calif., and a transfer from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, won her fifth title with a new personal season-best of 6-00.75 at the Dan DeHart Invitational. The clearance is the fifth-highest in school history, tying with Morgan High’s effort from the 2004 KSU-KU-MU Triangular. Wagner is also the first K-State female to surpass six feet in the event since High.

Wagner opned the 2007 season with an NCAA automatic qualifying height of 6-00.50 during the KSU All-Comers on Dec. 9 and equaled the effort during the Conference Challenge on Jan. 20.

Wagner also added wins at the KSU Invitational (5-10.75) and at the Arkansas Invitational (5-11.25).

Stellar Sellers Ties School Record
Sophomore Scott Sellers engraved his name into the K-State record books during the Dan DeHart Invitational with a winning high jump of 7-05.25. The clearance ties him with Kyle Lancaster and Percell Gaskins for the top indoor effort by a Wildcat. The mark also set a new Albuquerque Convention Center record and improved upon his NCAA automatic qualifying status.

To open the 2007 season, Seller quickly eliminated any doubt that a return trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships was in jeopardy, with an automatic qualifying height of 7-04.25 during the KSU All-Comers meet on Dec. 9. The effort tied his previous career-best from the 2006 Big 12 Indoor Championships.

Sellers earned All-American honors in his first NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing ninth in the high jump with a clearance of 7-02.50. The Katy, Texas native was the first male freshman to earn All-American honors in the Rovelto era and the first since Kenny Harrison in 1985.

Groves in the Groove
Sophomore Loren Groves boosted her win streak in the women’s weight throw to three, winning the Dan DeHart Invitational with a toss of 67-04.00. This effort set a new Albuquerque Covention Center record and was the third time this season she thrown beyond the NCAA provisional mark of 62-04.00.

The Scott City, Mo., native won her second weight throw title of the season with a new personal-best toss of 67-10.25. The distance ranks second in K-State history behind Renetta Seiler’s toss of 69-02.50 during the 1998 NCAA Championships.

Groves has now surpassed 60 feet in nine of 10 career weight throw competitions and improved on her NCAA Indoor Championship provisional status with the distance from the KSU Invitational.

Her Name is Bonds, Morgan Bonds
Junior Morgan Bonds has continued her strong start to the 2007 season by winning the 600-yard run at the Sevigne Husker Invitational in 1:20.80. The clocking was the second-fastest in school history and leads the Big 12 this season.

During the Dan DeHart Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., on Jan. 27, she won the 800-meter run at the Dan DeHart Invitational in 2:12.21. Bonds has now won three consecutive 800s and has won every race she has competed in this season (600-yard to 1,000-meters).

Bonds made her first appearance in an 800-meter race this season a memorable one. The native of Hutchinson, Kan., crossed the tape in a personal-best time of 2:07.87 to win the event in the championship heat at the Arkansas Invitational, Jan. 12. With the clocking, Bonds tallied her first career NCAA provisional mark in the event and the second-fastest time in school history. Her time trails only Lysaira Roman-Del Valle’s 2:05.52 during the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. Both of these times were notched on the Randal Tyson Track in Fayetteville.

Yeah Baby
Sophomore sprinter Mike Myer continued his steady effort this season with a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter dash during the Sevigne Husker Invitational last weekend. He finished with a season-best tying effort of 6.86.

This performance comes one week after a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash and a third-place finish in the 60-meter dash during the Dan DeHart Invitational on Jan. 27. Myer, a native of Lenexa, Kan., finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.56, which ranks as the fourth-fastest in school history.

His third-place finish in the finals of the 60 came in a time of 6.87. His qualifying time in the preliminaries of 6.86 was the eighth fastest in school history.

Just What the Schlachter Ordered
Junior Marianne Schlachter continued her strong 2007 season with a second-place distance and new personal-best of 43-00.50 in the triple jump at the Dan DeHart Invitational. The effort is the third-longest triple jump in school history, trailing Chaytan Hill (44-09.50) and Vannita Kinard (44-03.25). Schlachter’s previous career-best came earlier this season at the Arkansas Invitational with a jump of 41-10.00. 

Schlachter scored a career-high 3,603 points during the Sevigne Husker Invitational for a seventh-place finish. The point total ranks 10th in school history and was just 97 points from an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Her previous career-best was 3,482 points during the season-opening Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon.