Cats Win Six Titles to Close Regular Season

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State Wildcats closed the regular season strong with six first-place finishes and two provisional qualifying marks. Loren Groves posted another provisional mark in the weight throw winning the event with a throw of 67-05.25. Mantas Silkauskas tallied K-State’s other provisional mark hitting the mark of 7.91 in the 60 meter hurdles.

 

One Wildcat progressing into the Big 12 Championship next week is Denise Baker. Baker finished third in the 60 meters with a personal best time of 7.81. That mark came after posting her best time of 7.91 in the preliminary heat. Baker also improved her best time in the 60 meter hurdles winning the event in 8.71 seconds to mark her third personal best of the day.

 

In other sprint action, Moritz Cleve finished third in the 60 meter hurdles at 8.16. TiAra Walpool finished second in the women’s 60 meters at 7.75 while Jason Coniglio came in third for the men’s race at 6.94.

 

Preparing for the distance events at the Big 12 Championship, the trio of Emilee Morris, Megan-Anne Perrin and Alyssa Bellinder all ran the 1,000 meters finishing in that order. Morris ran a personal best time of 2:56.86 surpassing her previous best by nearly two seconds. Bellinder improved her best time by more than seven seconds finishing in 3:04.01. Perrin finished in 3:02.81 in her first race in the 1,000 meters. Danny Schneider won the men’s 1,000 meters clocking in at 2:28.09 and Ed Buck finished second for the Wildcats in his first 1,000 meter run at 2:37.76.

 

Closing out the Wildcats in running events, Kristel Williams won the women’s 400 meters in one minute flat.

 

The Wildcat women made it a clean sweep in the weight throw. Following Groves were Chelsie Bonds, Amanda Boor and Ali Pistora respectively. Bonds made a throw of 56-04.00 and Boor had a personal best 55-09.75. Two Wildcat men posted personal best throws as Nate Brummett finished second at 63-07.00. Eric Thomas also had his best throw finishing fourth at 56-09.25.

 

In the pole vault Alexandra Gonzalez finished second for K-State with a vault of 12-07.50. It was her best mark of the season and she came just shy of clearing 13-01.50 for a provisional qualifying mark. For the men, Adam Fretwell finished fourth with a vault of 14-07.25.

 

Kim Haberman was the only Wildcat to participate in the long jump and improved her personal best by 10.75 inches with her leap of 18-10.75 to finish third.

 

The Wildcats will head to College Station, Texas, next week to participate in the Big 12 Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Texas A&M. The championship will be held Friday and Saturday at the Gilliam Indoor Track and Field Stadium. The meet will also be webcast live. Keep posted to www.k-statesports.com for more information.

 

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