Cats Finish Husker Invite with Three Titles

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State Wildcats closed the weekend strong at the Sevigne Husker Invitational on Saturday. Liliani Mendez and Beverly Ramos came away from the Devaney Center Indoor Track with solid performances in the 3,000 meters.


Mendez won the event with a personal best time of 9:37.28 improving her previous best by more than seven seconds. Ramos finished third for the Wildcats also with a personal best time of 9:40.47.


In addition to Mendez’s first-place finish, the Wildcats came away with one more title on Day Two of the Husker Invitational. K-State also claimed second in six events and third in three others.


The tandem of Ed Buck, Gus Vazquez-Milan, Jacob Davies and Danny Schneider finished first in the men’s distance medley relay with a time of 10:10.17. In other relay action the women’s 4X400 relay team of Lakeisha Pointer-Allen, TiAra Walpool, Boglarka Bozzay and Kristel Williams finished second in the special invite heat of the event with a time of 3:52.93.


Three of the women on that relay team also shined individually as Pointer-Allen finished second in the 600 yard run in 1:23.90. Bozzay finished second in the 800 meters, and Walpool finished third in the 200 meters.


For the men Jason Collett finished second in the 800 meters with a new personal best time of 1:52.10. Mike Myer finished third in the 200 meters at 21.55. In the 200 meters consolation heat Jason Coniglio finished second with a personal best time of 21.93. In the women’s consolation, Denise Baker finished second at 26.05.


In all, the Wildcats came away with three titles at the Husker Invitational over two days of action adding Saturday’s results to Friday’s win by Loren Groves in the weight throw. Groves’ throw of 70-00.25 was an automatic qualifier and also leads the nation so far this season.