Sellers Takes Title; Bonds Added as NCAA Qualifier

AMES, Iowa On the final day of the ISU Classic from the Lied Recreation Center, Kansas State walked away with one titlist and the addition of Morgan Bonds to the descending list of NCAA provisional qualifiers. Junior Scott Sellers earned his second victory of the year with a season-best and nation-leading clearance of 7-05.00 in the men’s high jump.

 

Sellers, who set the school-record at the ISU Classic last year, defeated unattached Trevor Barry who cleared 7-03.00. The Katy, Texas, native has cleared a height of 7-05.00 or better on four occasions in his K-State career. The NCAA automatic height is his third of the year, as he previously cleared 7-04.25 at the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon and the Wildcat Invitational. Sellers had been tied with Nebraska’s Dusty Jonas with the mark as the nation’s leaders, but gains sole possession after Saturday’s effort.

 

The 24th-ranked Wildcat women added their seventh qualifier and second of the weekend as Bonds finished the 800M with a time of 2:07.36. She finished fourth in the event in her second-fastest career mark. Teammate Liliani Mendez placed 14th in her first 800M run with a mark of 2:11.95.

 

Already qualified for K-State, senior Donniece Parrish had her second provisional mark in the women’s 400M. She took third after crossing the line in 54.24, her second-best run in the event.

 

Senior Marnyka Honeycutt opened the 60M preliminaries with an advancing time of 7.66. In the semi-finals of the sprint, she finished 12th with a time of 7.62.

 

Bonds, Parrish and Honeycutt also made for three-quarters of the women’s 4x400M relay team that had a season-best time of 3:43.21. The legs of Tiara Walpool, Parrish, Honeycutt and Bonds took seventh out of 37 squads.

 

In men’s running events, junior Jason Collett raced to a career best in the 800M with a time of 1:51.53. He finished 11th, while teammate Sam James took 19th in a run of 1:52.24, his second-best career mark.

 

Two Wildcats competing in the triple jump registered personal bests, including freshman Emmanuel Neizer on the men’s side. Neizer bettered his PR by two inches with a leap of 48-04.50 to finish fourth. For the women, senior Thomaida Polydorou placed fifth after tying her top mark of 40-06.25. The ISU Classic marks the third time Polydorou has jumped the distance this season.

 

The K-State squads will have one final home competition this indoor season before the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb. Next week’s KSU Open from Ahearn Field House will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23rd. For complete coverage of KSU track and field, visit www.kstatesports.com.