Groves Breaks Meet Record at KSU Open

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State sophomore Loren Groves broke a nine-year old meet record in the women’s weight throw on Thursday during the KSU Open in Ahearn Field House. For the day, K-State won six event titles.


Groves advanced to the eight-woman finals in the weight throw with two throws of 65-08.25. She opened her final set of throws with a mark of 65-11.00. On her second throw of the finals, she reached a distance of 67-05.50 and capped her day off with a new personal-best and KSU Open record of 68-03.75. The previous meet record was set in 1998 by Renetta Seiler of Kansas State with a throw of 66-07.75.


The native of Scott City, Mo., has won four of five weight throw competitions this season and has also thrown beyond 65 feet in four of five efforts. With Thursday’s performance, Groves increased her lead atop the Big 12 Conference and among the NCAA national leaders. Entering the weekend, Groves ranked fourth in the nation with her previous career-best of 67-10.25.


Senior Kaylene Wagner rebounded from a fifth-place finish at the ISU Classic to register a new personal-best. The product of Goleta, Calif., finished second in the high jump at a height of 6-01.25. Wagner moved into fourth in the K-State record books with her clearance, surpassing her previous high of 6-00.75 at the Dan DeHart Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.


Junior Thomaida Polydorou won the women’s long jump by a quarter of an inch over Darcie Schmitz of Cloud County, 18-00.50 to 18-00.25. The effort was a new season-best for Polydorou.


Senior Monique Coleman dashed to a new personal-best in the 60-meter dash with a winning time of 7.48. The product of Richmond Calif., narrowly missed the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 7.44. It was her second 60 win of the season. 


Sophomore Emily Dittemore captured the women’s 600-yard run title with a personal season-best time of 1:28.13.

On the men’s side, sophomore Nate Brummet won the men’s weight throw in a personal-best distance of 59-07.75. The Miltonvale, Kan., native entered the day with a previous personal-best of 56-09.50, which came during the KSU Invitational on Jan. 6.


Sophomore Mike Myer zipped to a win in the men’s 60-meter dash in 6.83. The clocking by the Lenexa, Kan., native is a new personal-best and the eighth-fastest in school history.


Senior Bryce Bergman put the finishing touches on his final career indoor meet in a Wildcat uniform with a winning clearance of 16-00.75, winning a judge’s decision over Thomas Brooks of Southern Nazarene.


The Wildcats will take a delegation of athletes to the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Ames, Iowa next weekend, Feb. 23-24.