Groves Wins Big 12 Weight Throw Crown

AMES, Iowa For the fifth time in school history, a Kansas State women’s thrower has captured the Big 12 Indoor Championship title. Sophomore Loren Groves earned the title on Friday afternoon at the Lied Recreation Center during the first day of the championships.

 

The native of Scott City, Mo. and the reigning female Big 12 Athlete of the Week recorded a winning distance of 67-10.75. The mark was her third-best effort of the 2007 campaign. Groves entered the weekend with a season and career-best distance of 68-03.75, which came at last week’s KSU Open. She leads the Big 12 in the event and is fourth in the nation with the NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Groves has thrown beyond 60 feet in 12 of 13 career competitions.

 

“I didn’t perform as great as I would have liked, but I still got my third-best throw today so that was exciting,” said Groves about the win. “I was nervous during prelims because I only got one in but it was good enough to make finals. I just tried to relax from there so I could improve on my marks.”

 

Groves becomes the third female in K-State history to win a conference weight throw title, joining current teammate Laci Heller (2006) and Renetta Seiler (1997, 1998, 1999). The K-State women’s team has now won at least one individual event title every year since the inception of the meet in 1997.

 

Heller was not to be outdone, as she recorded her third career top-3 finish in the event with a third-place mark of 63-07.50. The Meriden, Kan., product recorded her second-best throw of the season.

 

In preliminaries on the track, junior Morgan Bonds led the way with the fastest oversized 600-yard time in school history. The Hutchinson, Kan., native qualified for Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. final with a time of 1:20.71, almost a full two seconds better than the second qualifier, Charity Stowers of Kansas. Bonds won 600-yard title in her freshman campaign and finished fourth a season ago.

 

Entering the weekend, Bonds ranked first in the conference in the 600-yard and the 800-meter run. In the 800, Bonds is provisionally qualified for the NCAA meet with a clocking of 2:06.20, which ranks ninth in the nation.

 

Sophomore Liliani Mendez qualified for her second career indoor final, clocking a 2:53.89 in the women’s 1,000-meter run. The product of Dorado, Puerto Rico finished sixth in the mile at the last year’s indoor championships and finished third in the 1500-meter run during the outdoor championships. The women’s 1,000-meter run will be contested at approximately 3:10 p.m.

 

The Wildcats advanced two runners to the men’s 600-yard run finals at 2:40 p.m. Sophomores Tevan and Tevas Everett will each make their second appearance in the 600-yard finals. Tevan Everett recorded the fastest time of the eight qualifiers and the quickest oversized track time in school history with a mark of 1:08.90. The Belaire, Kan., native finished third at last year’s Big 12 Championships with a time of 1:09.86.

 

Tevas Everett carded the third-fastest 600-yard time in school history at 1:09.81 to finish fifth overall. Tevas notched a sixth-place finish at last year’s championships.

 

Senior Monique Coleman finished eighth and qualified for the finals of the women’s 400-meter dash with a clocking of 55.41. This is the fourth-fastest oversized 400 time in school history.

 

Sophomore Mike Myer reached the finals in his first career Big 12 appearance with a eighth-place qualifying time of 21.42. With the time, Myer recorded the second-fastest 200 in K-State history.

 

The men’s distance medley relay team of freshman Danny Schneider, senior Preston Taylor, sophomore Jason Collett and senior Joe Moore finished eighth in a time of 9:54.70 to score the K-State men’s only team point on Friday.

 

In the men’s heptathlon, sophomore Adam Fretwell is currently eighth with 2,926 points after the first day of competition. The Houston, Texas native finished second in the long jump with a career-best effort of 23-01.75. Earlier this season, Fretwell scored a career-high 5,234 points during the Roger Cox Multis on Jan. 25-26. The heptathlon competition resumes at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

 

In team scoring, Kansas State is seventh on the women’s side with 16 points and the men are 12th with one point after day one. The Texas Tech women lead with 46 points, while the Missouri men lead with 28 points.  

The 2007 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships will conclude on Saturday.