Four to Take Part in ISU Last Chance

This Week For Kansas State
Iowa State Last Chance Qualifier
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Lied Recreation Center Ames, Iowa


MANHATTAN, Kan. -
Kansas State will make a return trip to Ames, Iowa this weekend for the ISU Last Chance Qualifier. This will be K-State’s third visit to the Lied Recreation Center this season.

Wildcats looking to secure bids to the NCAA Indoor Championships at this weekend’s qualifier are: juniors Morgan Bonds (800-meter run) and Laci Heller (weight throw), sophomore Liliani Mendez (mile) and freshman Beverly Ramos (mile). Bonds and Heller have surpassed the NCAA provisional marks in their respective events, but will look to improve those marks. Heller will try to reach her third straight NCAA Indoor Championship in the weight throw.  

Last Time Out
K-State earned three event titles at the Big 12 Indoor Championships, as the teams finished 10th (women) and 11th (men). In the 11 runnings of the Big 12 Indoor Championships, this was the first time that the men’s and women’s teams finished 10th or lower in the Big 12 Indoor meet.

Sophomore Loren Groves kept the women’s weight throw crown in the Wildcat trophy case with a toss of 67-10.75. Junior Morgan Bonds won her second career 600-yard run title with a time of 1:20.05. Sophomore Tevan Everett won his first career Big 12 title with a victory in the 600-yard run in a meet record time of 1:08.56.

The women’s team has now won at least one individual conference title every year since the inception of the Big 12 meet in 1997. The men’s team has won at least one title in 10 straight seasons.

Her Name is Bonds, Morgan Bonds
Junior Morgan Bonds continued to perform well in the 2007 season winning her second career Big 12 title in the 600-yard run last weekend. The Hutchinson, Kan., product crossed the line in 1:20.05, setting the school record for the fastest oversized track mark. Bonds has won every race, eight(600-yards, 800-meters and 1,000) that she has competed in this season.

Bonds clocked an 800-meter victory in her first appearance in Ames this season during the ISU Classic in a time of 2:06.20. The time is the second-fastest oversized track 800-meter time in school history. She has won all four 800 races she has run this season.

Bonds made her first appearance in an 800-meter race this season a memorable one crossing the tape in a time of 2:07.87 to win the event in the championship heat of 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.

Groves in the Groove
Sophomore Loren Groves became the third female in school history to win a Big 12 weight throw title with a winning toss of 67-10.75. Groves has now surpassed 60 feet in 12 of 13 career weight throw competitions.    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. The effort set a new meet record and ranks second in K-State history behind Renetta Seiler’s toss of 69-02.50 during the 1998 NCAA Championships. Groves improved on her NCAA Indoor Championship provisional status with the distance.

Groves registered a second-place distance of 67-11.50 during the ISU Classic in her first visit to Ames this season. 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.

Everett Wins First Big 12 Title
Sophomore Tevan Everett became the sixth runner to win a 600-yard conference title in school history, as he snared his first career Big 12 title during last weekend’s Big 12 Indoor Championships. The Belaire, Kan., product broke a 10-year old meet record with a clocking of 1:08.56, winning K-State’s first title in the event since Joseph Lee’s win at the 2004 Big 12 Indoor Championships. A season ago, Everett earned a third-place finish in the event with a time of 1:09.86.     

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 Named Big 12 AOW
Sophomore Loren Groves earned the first Big 12 indoor athlete of the week honor for K-State this season with her winning effort during the KSU Open on Feb. 15 in the women’s weight throw.

Groves earned her first career athlete of the week citation and became the first female to earn the award since Breanna Eveland on Jan. 17, 2006.

16 and Counting for Heller
Sophomore Laci Heller finished third in the weight throw at the Big 12 Championships. This is the third top-three finish for Heller, as she finished second in 2005 and captured the title in 2006.

Heller won her 16th career weight throw title on Jan. 20 at the Conference Challenge in Lincoln, Neb. The Meriden, Kan., native has surpassed the NCAA Indoor provisional mark in 21 of her 25 career meets. Heller has surpassed 60 feet in every competition during her career.

The win for Heller is her first in the event since winning the 2006 Big 12 Indoor weight throw title on the same ring in the Devaney Sports Center.

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 boosted her career-best in the women’s triple jump to 43-03.00 with her third-place finish at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. The performance is the third-longest triple jump in school history, trailing Chaytan Hill (44-09.50) and Vannita Kinard (44-03.25).

Schlachter garnered a second-place distance with her previous personal-best of 43-00.50 in the triple jump at the Dan DeHart Invitational.  Schlachter’s previous career-best came earlier this season at the Arkansas Invitational with a jump of 41-10.00. 

Schlachter has also registered a career-high this season in the pentathlon with 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.

Don’t Fret, Everything is Well
Sophomore Adam Fretwell registered a seventh-place finish in the heptathlon during the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Fretwell scored a career-high 5,279 points to rank ninth in school history. The point total was just 21 points shy of the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 5,300.

Fretwell scored his previous career-high of 5,234 points during the Roger Cox Multis, Jan. 25-26, in Albuquerque. The product of Houston, Texas, finished seventh in a field that included four of the top-12 heptathletes in the nation.