Cats Win Six Events; Groves Throws Meet Record

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State track and field wrapped up its home indoor slate on Saturday with six titles at the KSU Open from Ahearn Field House. The Wildcats opened the meet with a one-two-three finish in the women’s weight throw, including a meet-record effort from junior Loren Groves for the title.

 

Groves unleashed a throw of 69-02.75 to break her 2007 KSU Open record of 67-05.50. The toss is the junior’s second-best performance of her career and second NCAA automatic throw. She previously broke the school record this season with a mark of 69-11.50 at the Wildcat Invitational on January 19th.

 

Senior Laci Heller followed suit by throwing her fifth NCAA provisional mark of the 2008 year to take the silver position. Heller registered a toss of 64-03.00. Freshman Amanda Boor completed the top-three finish for the Wildcats with a personal-best throw of 53-05.00. The mark betters her previous career best of 52-02.00 from the Don Barrett Air Force Open in early February.

 

Junior Mike Myer was one of three K-State men to capture an event victory during the KSU Open. The native of Lenexa, Kan., won the 60M sprint with a second-best career time of 6.82. He qualified for the finals on Saturday with a top-preliminary time of 6.97. Freshman Desmond McGuire finished in fourth with a run of 7.08, while he had a 7.06 effort during the first heat.

 

Completing the Wildcat sweep of the 60M was Marnyka Honeycutt for the women. The senior earned her second 60M win of the year by clocking a time of 7.58 to win over teammate Donniece Parrish, who ran a mark of 7.69. Honeycutt raced to the fastest prelim time, 7.57, which tied the Denver, Colo., product’s career best and marked a season-best effort. She also notched the time during the 2007 Big 12 Championships. Parrish finished second in the prelims with a qualifying time of 7.64.

 

The Wildcat men added two gold finishes in distance competition with personal-best marks from Danny Schneider and Alex Umberger. Schneider won the men’s 1000M after crossing the line in 2:28.32, bettering his previous top time of 2:29.51 from the 2007 Conference Challenge in Lincoln, Neb. Freshman Mike Sickafoose took fourth behind Schneider after producing a PR-run of 2:32.75.

 

Umberger earned his first win of the year after taking the KSU Open men’s mile. The junior from Wichita, Kan., raced to a time of 4:24.37 to shave over two second from his previous best. He finished the 2006 Husker Invitational in a time of 4:26.64.

 

Freshman Nancy Harrington earned the women’s third title of the day and her career first in the pole vault. She finished with a clearance of 12-00.50 to take the win over sophomore teammate Alexandra Gonzalez who had a mark of 11-06.50.

 

A number of Cats also earned themselves runner-up finishes, including Cassie Styers in the women’s high jump. The Omaha, Neb., sophomore took second with a jump of 5-06.00 to tie her season best. The second-place finish also marks her top placing of the year. Lindsay Grigoriev finished second in the shot put for KSU with a toss of 43-11.75. Senior Jenny Glodowski was three inches short of Grigoriev with a season-best toss of 43-07.75.

 

In men’s field events, freshman Emmanuel Neizer took second in the long jump with a leap of 23-01.75. Freshman Michael Healey finished the high jump in second with a height of 6-10.25.

 

The Wildcats qualified two for the finals of the men’s 60M hurdles as freshman Rok Derzanic and Moritz Cleve ran times of 8.27 and 8.29, respectively. Derzanic’s time marked a personal best by .01 of a second; he raced a time of 8.28 at the Conference Challenge. During the finals, Cleve impressed with a second-place finish in a personal-best effort of 8.11. The mark is the fourth best in Kansas State history in the event and takes 0.14 from Cleve’s previous PR of 8.25 from the Arkansas Invitational on Jan. 11th. Derzanic took fifth in the finals with a time of 8.36.

 

The indoor championship schedule begins next week with the Big 12 Indoor Championships from Lincoln, Neb., starting on Friday., Feb. 29th. For complete coverage, please visit www.kstatesports.com or www.big12sports.com.