Groves Finishes Second at ISU Classic

AMES, Iowa Kansas State sophomore Loren Groves registered a new career-best in the weight throw on Friday, highlighting the second day of competition at the ISU Classic at the Lied Recreation Center.


The product of Scott City, Mo., improved on her Big 12 lead in the weight throw with a career-best toss and NCAA provisional mark of 67-11.50. Groves’ previous best was 67-10.25 during the KSU Invitational on January 5-6. She has thrown beyond the NCAA provisional mark in all four of her competitions this season.


Groves entered the weekend ranked fourth in the nation and finished second on Friday afternoon to national leader, world and American record-holder Brittany Riley of Southern Illinois. Riley uncorked a toss of 79-04.50, breaking the Lied Recreation Center record she set last year. Riley broke the world and American records with a toss of 80-07.50 at the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., on January 27.


Junior Laci Heller joined Groves in the top-10 with a sixth-place toss of 61-00.75. She has surpassed 60 feet in all 24 of her career competitions.


Other Wildcats competing on Friday afternoon were senior Monique Coleman and sophomore Mike Myer in the women’s and men’s 200-meter dash. Coleman clocked the third-fastest oversized track time of 24.71 for a 14th-place finish. Myer also recorded the third-fastest men’s oversized track time with a clocking of 21.59.   


Kansas State will conclude competition at the ISU Classic with a full slate of events on Saturday and will return to Ahearn Field House on Thursday, Feb. 15 for the KSU Open.