Wildcats Set for Big 12 Indoor Championships

This Week For Kansas State
Big 12 Indoor Championships
Friday-Saturday, February 23-24, 2007
Lied Recreation Center • Ames, Iowa

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will look for a pair of top-five team finishes this weekend at the 11th Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Ames, Iowa. This will be the third time (1998 and 2000) the Big 12 Championships are contested on the Lied Recreation Center track.

In 2006, the Wildcats won two individual titles on the its way to a fifth-place finish by the men and sixth-place effort for the women. The K-State women have finished among the top-five in nine of the last 10 championships, while the men have finished among the top-five in the last six including a second-place finish in 2004.

Last Time Out
K-State garnered seven event titles and four runner-up finishes during the KSU Open last Thursday. Winning events were sophomore Loren Groves (weight throw), senior Monique Coleman (60-meter dash), sophomore Emily Dittemore (600-yard run), junior Thomaida Polydorou (long jump), sophomore Mike Myer (60-meter dash), senior Bryce Bergman (pole vault) and sophomore Nate Brummet (weight throw).

Recording runner-up efforts were senior Kaylene Wagner (high jump), junior Laci Heller (weight throw) junior Liz Rea (1,000-meter run) and freshman Dan Schneider (1,000-meter run).

Last Time Out at the 2006 Big 12 Indoor Championships
Kansas State’s Christian Smith and Laci Heller won event titles at the 2006 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships. In the team standings, the Wildcat men finished fifth with 67 points, while the women finished sixth in the standings with 60.5 points.

Smith won his third consecutive 1,000 title with a clocking of 2:21.28, distancing himself from runner-up Anthony Chiulli of Colorado by almost a full second, 2:22.14. He is the only runner in Big 12 history to win the event more than once.

Heller was able to parlay a runner-up finish from the 2005 championships into the event crown in 2006. The Meriden, Kan., product won on her final throw of the evening, a toss of 63-08.25.

The Wildcats used one of their strengths on the men’s side to gain ground in the team totals. K-State placed three high jumpers among the top-eight finishers for 17 total points. Kyle Lancaster led the way in his final Big 12 Indoor Championship, finishing second with a clearance of 7-04.25. Scott Sellers soared to the seventh-best height in K-State history and registered an NCAA automatic qualifying clearance of 7-04.25 and a third-place finish. Lamar Garrett was K-State’s final point scorer with a clearance of 7-01.00 and a sixth-place finish.

K-State also bolstered its men’s team total in the 600-yard run. The Wildcats tabulated 13 points in the event, including a third-place finish by Tevan Everett in a clocking of 1:09.86. Just behind Everett was Casey Becker in fifth with a time of 1:10.03 and Tevas Everett in sixth with a clocking of 1:10.18.

Marianne Schlachter finished third in the women’s triple jump. The Albbruck, Germany product skipped to a distance of 41-02.25.

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.

Groves in the Groove
Sophomore Loren Groves improved her career-best and Big 12 lead in the women’s weight throw to 68-03.75 with her win during the KSU Open on Feb. 15. This was her fourth title of the season and set a new meet record in the process. 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 11 of 12 career weight throw competitions and improved on her NCAA Indoor Championship provisional status with the distance.

In her last visit to Iowa State, Groves registered a second-place distance of 67-11.50 during the ISU Classic. The effort was her previous career-high and trailed only NCAA leader and world record holder Brittany Riley of Southern Illinois.

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 toss of 67-10.25 during the KSU Invitational.

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.

Wagner Wows’em
Senior Kaylene Wagner recorded a new personal career-best with a clearance of 6-01.25 during the KSU Open on Feb. 15. This is the fourth-highest effort in school history and the fourth time this year she has surpassed six feet.

Wagner started her K-State career with five wins in her first seven high jump competitions after an entire season on the sidelines as a transfer. 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 height of 6-00.75 at the Dan DeHart Invitational. The clearance was 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.

Yeah Baby
Sophomore sprinter Mike Myer continued his steady effort this season with a first-place finish in the 60-meter dash. Myer clocked a time of 6.83 to take the title and secure a new personal-best. The time ranks as the eighth-fastest in school history.
Myer has registered six times below 6.90 this season, including a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter dash during the Sevigne Husker Invitational with his previous best of 6.86.

That performance came one week after a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash and a third-place finish in the 60-meter dash during the Dan DeHart Invitational on Jan. 27. Myer, a native of Lenexa, Kan., finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.56, which ranks as the fourth-fastest in school history.

His third-place finish in the finals of the 60 came in a time of 6.87. His qualifying time in the preliminaries of 6.86 was the eighth fastest in school history.