Wildcat Sprinters Lead K-State in Colorado

USAF ACADEMY, Colo. Kansas State finished competition in Colorado at the Don Barrett Air Force Open with a strong performance from its sprinters, including two event victories from senior Donniece Parrish. The Wildcat senior captain raced to wins in the women’s 60M and 200M, while junior Mike Myer had runner-up finishes in each race for the men.


Parrish clocked the fastest mark in the afternoon’s 60M preliminary heat with a run of 7.56, then tied her personal best of 7.51 to capture the gold in the finals. The Florrisant, Mo., native also took first in the 200M after crossing the line in 24.23. Senior Marnyka Honeycutt finished second to Parrish in both races. The product of Denver, Colo., ran the third-best prelim time of 7.74, but bettered that mark with a season-best run of 7.60 in the finals. During the running of the 200M, Honeycutt also finished in a season-best time with a 25.04.


Junior Myer opened the event with a second-fastest prelim time of 6.86 in the men’s 60M, while teammate Nelson Onyegbu also qualified for the finals in a time of 7.00. In the event finals, Myer blasted to a personal-best time of 6.77 to finish second. The mark betters Myers’ previous best of 6.83 from the KSU Open on Feb. 15, 2007, and also ties for the third best mark in K-State history. Onyegbu took eighth in the finals with a run of 7.01.


Myer also finished second in the men’s 200M with a clocking of 21.41. Freshman Desmond McGuire placed fifth with a time of 22.20, a new career best.


Hurdler Denise Baker recorded a significant personal best in the 60M hurdles. The sophomore bettered her previous mark twice during last week’s Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., but continued to improve the mark at the Air Force Open. Baker raced to a time of 8.78 to beat her PR of 8.86 from last week. She finished fifth in prelims against 37 competitors, but missed the running of the finals.


In field competition, junior Scott Sellers took second in the men’s high jump with an NCAA provisional mark of 7-02.25. Freshman Emmanuel Neizer competed in the long and triple jump, earning first- and second-place finishes. Neizer recorded a leap of 23-06.00 to earn his second long jump win, while he had a mark of 48-02.50 to take second in the triple jump. His triple jump distance betters his PR from the KSU All-Comers when he jumped 46-06.25.


For the women, senior Laci Heller registered a seven-inch personal best in the women’s weight throw to earn the title. Heller threw for a distance of 66-10.00, an NCAA provisional mark and the sixth-best throw in the nation. Her previous best was a launch for 66-03.00 at the ISU Last Chance Meet in March 2005.


Two additional Wildcats earned second-place finishes in field events, including freshman Nancy Harrington in the women’s pole vault. Harrington recorded a personal-best clearance of 12-07.50 to take second. The height sits as the fourth-best distance in KSU indoor history. Senior Thomaida Polydorou tied a PR in the women’s triple jump to take second. Polydorou tallied a top jump of 40-06.25 to lead a trio of Wildcats in the event.


Kansas State’s indoor season rolls on with the Wildcats competing at the Iowa State Classic beginning on Feb. 15th. Information on the Wildcats’ competition from Ames, Iowa, can be found on www.kstatesports.com.