Wildcats Win Two Titles at Big 12 Championships

AMES, Iowa On the final day of the 2007 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships, Kansas State secured two individual titles and a runner-up finish on the surface of the Lied Recreation Center. For the weekend, K-State won three event titles. 


In the team standings, the K-State finished 10th with 44 points during the two days. The Wildcat men tallied 30 points for an 11th place finish. Both team finishes are the lowest for the Wildcats in the history of the Big 12. Earning the team titles were the Texas A&M women with 141 points, while Nebraska and Texas tied for the men’s crown with 93 points.


Junior Morgan Bonds won her second career Big 12 indoor title in the 600-yard run with a time of 1:20.05, surpassing her previous school-best for an oversized track of 1:20.71 from yesterday’s qualifier.


“I haven’t competed in Ames for awhile, since I was a freshman, so this is great,” said Bonds about the win on the Lied Center track. “It is really nice, I was glad to be out there.  This is definitely a relief, and I’m looking forward to running 800s again.”


The Hutchinson, Kan., native is the first female in school history to win two conference titles in the 600-yard run. Bonds provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this season in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:06.20, which is the fastest in the Big 12 and the ninth-fastest in the nation entering this weekend.


Joining Bonds on the first-place podium was sophomore Tevan Everett in the men’s 600-yard run. Tevan Everett registered a clocking of 1:08.56 to win his first career Big 12 indoor title. The time broke a 10-year old record held by Ryan Kite of Oklahoma, who clocked a mark of 1:08.71 in 1997. The time also lowered Everett’s own school record for an oversized track that he set at 1:08.90 during yesterday’s qualifier. A season ago, he finished third with a clocking of 1:09.86.


“A lot of the same guys from last year were in the race and I knew I just had to go out and run comfortable,” said Everett. “I just ran my race and it led me to victory. It all came down to the last kick and I came out with the win.”


Tevan Everett’s title is just the second 600-yard crown in the Big 12 era for K-State, joining Joseph Lee’s title at the 2004 Big 12 Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb. The K-State men’s team has now won at least one individual event title in 10 straight seasons.


Tevan Everett’s twin brother, Tevas, earned a seventh place finish in the 600-yard run with a time of 1:09.81. It is the second straight year both brothers have scored for the Wildcats in the event.


Sophomore Scott Sellers moved up one place from last year’s third-place finish, earning a second-place finish with a final clearance of 7-05.25. Since Kyle Lancaster won the 2003 Big 12 high jump title, the Wildcats have earned four consecutive runner-up finishes.


Senior Lamar Garrett joined Sellers on the medal stand with a sixth-place effort of 6-11.75. This is the second straight sixth-place finish for the Oklahoma City, Okla., native.

Junior Marianne Schlachter notched a new career-best in the women’s triple jump with a distance of 43-03.00 for a third-place finish. The distance remains third in school history behind Chaytan Hill (44-09.50) and Vanitta Kinard (44-03.25). The product of Albbruck, Germany earned her second career third-place indoor finish in the triple jump.


Sophomore Liliani Mendez finished fourth in the women’s 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:48.77. This is the second-fastest 1,000-meter time in school history. Mendez has scored in two straight Big 12 meets, finishing sixth in the mile with a time of 4:51.90 a year ago.


Senior Kaylene Wagner finished fifth in the high jump with a final clearance of 5-10.00. The native of Goleta, Kan., will make an appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships, automatically qualifying for the meet with a season-best height of 6-01.25.


Sophomore Adam Fretwell scored a career-high 5,279 points in the men’s heptathlon for a seventh-place finish. The point total by the Houston, Texas native is the ninth-highest in school history and is the first time he has scored points toward the team total in a Big 12 Championship.


A small delegation of K-State athletes will return to the Lied Recreation Center next Saturday for the NCAA Last Chance Qualifier.