Cats Set to Host KSU Open

This Week For Kansas State
KSU Open
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Ahearn Field House Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas State will wrap up the regular season portion of its indoor schedule on Thursday with the KSU Open in Ahearn Field House. This will be the final home meet for the Wildcats this season.

Field events will begin at 1 p.m. with the women’s weight throw, while events on the track start at 4:30 with the men’s distance medley relay. Admission is free to the public.

Special Heats Included in KSU Open
K-State will sponsor the “Dash for Cash” involving student organizations from across campus in four running events throughout the afternoon and early evening on Thursday.

The K-State athletic department will donate $200 to the organization that accumulates the highest point total from the 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash and a relay. The winning house is encouraged to donate the money in their name to the charity of their choice.

For more information on this event, please contact Jenny Pollard in the K-State marketing department at (785) 532-7933.  

Last Time Out
K-State secured two event titles, a runner-up finish and a third-place finish during the ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa last weekend. Capturing event titles were sophomore Scott Sellers in the men’s high jump and junior Morgan Bonds in the women’s 800-meter run.

Sophomore Loren Groves earned a second-place finish in the women’s weight throw, while junior Marianne Schlachter carded a third-place finish in the women’s triple jump.

The Wildcats will make a return trip to Ames, Iowa for the Big 12 Indoor Track Championships on Feb. 23-24.

Two Wildcats Remain Among Top-Five of Dandy Dozen
As the indoor season turns toward the conference championships, many of the nation’s top athletes have begun to round into form. In this week’s Dandy Dozen from Trackwire, two K-State athletes appear among the top-five in this week’s Dandy Dozen, calculated by Trackwire. The two athletes are sophomore Scott Sellers in the men’s high jump (third) and sophomore Loren Groves in the women’s weight throw (third).

Other Wildcats in the top-12 are: senior Kaylene Wagner in the women’s high jump (seventh) and junior Morgan Bonds in the women’s 800-meter run (ninth).

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.

Stellar Sellers Sets School Record
Sophomore Scott Sellers placed himself atop the K-State record books in the high jump during the ISU Classic on Feb. 10 with a winning effort of 7-05.75. The Katy, Texas, native also set a new Lied Recreation Center record with the mark and was six feet better than the runner-up in the event. He also improved his NCAA automatic qualifying status and his standing amongst the national leaders.

Two weeks ago at the Dan DeHart Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., Sellers won with a height of 7-05.25. That clearance tied 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.

Her Name is Bonds, Morgan Bonds
Junior Morgan Bonds has continued to perform well in the 2007 season winning the 800-meter run at the ISU Classic in a time of 2:06.20. The time is the second-fastest 800-meter time in school history. She has won all four 800 races she has run this season.

The Hutchinson, Kan., product won 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 made her first appearance in an 800-meter race this season a memorable one crossing 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.

Groves in the Groove
Sophomore Loren Groves improved her career-best and Big 12 lead in the women’s weight throw to 67-11.50 during the ISU Classic in Ames last weekend. 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 10 of 11 career weight throw competitions and improved on her NCAA Indoor Championship provisional status with the distance.

Groves opened the season with three straight wins in the event, capturing 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 had 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 during the KSU Invitational.

Wagner Wows’em
Senior Kaylene Wagner has started her K-State career with five wins in her first six high jump competitions 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).

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.