Groves Wins Third Straight Title

COLLEGE STATION, Texas Loren Groves wowed the crowd at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium by winning her third consecutive Big 12 Conference title in the weight throw. Groves claimed the back-to-back-to-back title with a throw of 68-05.75.

 

“I never even believed I would be a three-time indoor weight throw champion,” Groves said of the feat. “It’s a really awesome feeling and I worked really hard to get here. It’s not even real yet that I won three in a row.”

 

Groves was joined by teammate Ali Pistora in the top eight as Pistora posted a personal record with her throw of 56-06.75 to finish in eighth and earn one point for the Wildcat women.

 

After six completed events, Kansas State’s women sit in third place with 28 points. The men are in 10th after five events with six points all of them scored in the weight throw. Nebraska leads both competitions as the women have 56 points and Texas Tech stands in second with 35 points. Nebraska’s men lead with 42.5 points. Iowa State is in second with 24 and Texas is in third with 22.

 

Two Wildcat men performed strong enough to make their way to the awards podium in the weight throw. Cole Zenisek finished eighth with his throw of 56-06.50 for one point. Nate Brummet posted the best throw for K-State at 60-11.25 and finished fourth scoring five points for the Wildcats. Eric Thomas narrowly missed making the podium finishing directly behind Zenisek in ninth with a mark of 55-07.00.

 

Last season, the Wildcats had three student-athletes earn All-Big 12 honors in the heptathlon finishing in the top eight. This year the trio of Moritz Cleve, Adam Fretwell and Mantas Silkauskas are attempting to repeat the feat, and all three are in contention in the tightly contested event.

 

Freshman Mantas Silkauskas led after the first two events but slid down following the shot put and high jump to eighth with 3,025 points. Silkauskas flew past the field in the 60 meters to open the heptathlon in 6.85 seconds.

 

Sophomore Moritz Cleve finds himself in seventh place after the first day of heptathlon action with 3,102 points. He posted two personal bests on the day as well. He ran to his fastest time of 7.15 seconds in the 60 meters and threw the shot put 45-11.75. Cleve has the third highest heptathlon score in Division I this season. Senior Adam Fretwell is in the hunt as well with 2,870 points. He ran the 60 meters in a time of 7.13 seconds just behind his personal best of 7.11.

 

Stephanie Hejde finished seventh in the pentathlon to earn K-State two points. Hejde posted a total of 3,484 points in the event. She came in fourth in the shot put with her throw of 36-09.50 worth 605 points toward her total. Hejde improved on her finish from last year’s conference championship when she finished 10th.

 

Also earning points for the K-State women on the first day of action was pole vaulter Alexandra Gonzalez. Gonzalez had a season-high vault of 12-07.50 to finish fourth for the Wildcats and earn five points toward the team’s total.

 

Freshman Boglarka Bozzay posted the second fastest time of the day in the 800 meters en route to winning her heat in 2:10.09 and advancing to Saturday’s final. Jason Collett will run in the men’s final on Saturday after finishing with the third best time at 1:51.29.

 

K-State’s only hurdler at the meet, Denise Baker, finished 11th in the preliminary of the 60 meter hurdles. Her time of 8.79 seconds was not enough to advance to Saturday’s final. Baker also improved her finish from last year’s Big 12 meet after finishing 16th in 2008.

 

In other sprint action, Mike Myer advanced to the men’s final in the 60 meters finishing second in his heat in a time of 6.78 seconds. His time was 0.01 seconds behind his personal best of 6.77. Myer also advanced to the final of the 200 meters with his run of 21.30 seconds to rank seventh.

 

Lekeisha Pointer-Allen finished second in her heat of the 600 yard run, but it was not fast enough for her to advance to the event final. Pointer-Allen finished the race in 1:23.38 a new personal best time. She finished ninth one place shy of advancing to the final. Winners of all four heats received automatic entry into the final and the four competitors with the next fastest times advanced.

 

The pair of Danny Schneider and Jacob Davies ran in the same heat of the 1,000 meters but did not qualify for the final. Schneider finished 10th overall with a time of 2:27.99 clipping his personal best by 0.09 seconds. Davies finished 14th finishing with his own personal best as well crossing the line in 2:31.59.

 

In long distance for the Wildcats, Beverly Ramos finished third in the 5,000 meters to earn six points for the women’s squad. Ramos’ time of 16:31.44 was a provisional qualifier and is a new personal record besting her previous mark by more than five seconds.

 

K-State also earned four team points for the women in the distance medley relay. The tandem of Sydney Messick, Lekeisha Pointer-Allen, Emilee Morris and Liliani Mendez finished fifth with a time of 11:32.51. Time was just short of the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 11:30.00 and overcame K-State’s season-high by more than 30 seconds.

 

The Wildcats will return to Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on Saturday for the conclusion of the Big 12 Championship. Fans can follow the action with live video at www.big12sports.com.

 

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