Cleve Wins Big 12 Heptathlon
Cleve Wins Big 12 Heptathlon
Cleve climbed up from behind on the final day to get the win with an automatic qualifying mark of 5,783 points. The point total was a new personal record and just three points shy of the
“I wanted the school record,” Cleve said of his performance. “I beat the defending champion and it was awesome. After the 60 meter hurdles, I thought that it was going to be really close.”
Cleve set four personal records in the event three coming in individual events and the fourth for his overall point total. He said improving in so many areas he is peaking at a good time and hopes to continue posting strong numbers at the NCAA Championship in two weeks.
“I’m ready to go,” Cleve said. “The pole vault was the biggest improvement, but for me having more consistency in the long jump is great. To jump consistently over seven meters is the biggest point to me."
Cleve vaulted 15-11.00 improving his personal record by eight inches. He also PR’ed in the 60 meters and shot put on Friday.
The Wildcat men finished 10th overall with 35 points over the two days of action. The K-State women finished tied for seventh with a point total of 52. The
Joining Cleve on the podium in the heptathlon from K-State was freshman Mantas Silkauskas with 5,444 points. That mark improved his personal best and is a provisional qualifier. Adam Fretwell finished 12th for the Wildcats in the heptathlon with 5,206 points.
Senior high jumper Scott Sellers failed to defense his title in the event finishing second behind Raymond Harris of
In the other field event K-State competed in on Saturday, TiAra Walpool finished third in the women’s triple jump. Her leap of 42-07.00 earned the Wildcats six team points. It also was a provisional qualifying mark and a personal record. Walpool flew passed her previous best by more than 19 inches.
Senior sprinter Mike Myer advanced to the final in both individual events he competed in finishing seventh in the 60 meters to start the day. Myer stumbled out of the blocks and ran to a time of 6.97 seconds. He finished seventh in the 200 meters with his time of 21.43 seconds.
Liliani Mendez earned six points for the Wildcat women finishing third in the mile run. Her time of 4:42.02 was a new personal record and a provisional qualifying mark. Mendez kept pace for three-fourths of the race before
In other distance action, Beverly Ramos finished third in the 3,000 meters with her time of 9:23.82 shaving nearly 17 seconds off her personal best time. Her time also puts her in the mix to qualify for the NCAA Championship in two weeks breaking the provisional mark.
After posting the second fastest time in the 800 meters in preliminaries, freshman Boglarka Bozzay nearly repeated the feat in the final to earn six points for the women’s squad. Bozzay completed the race in 2:09.92 to finish third. For the men in the 800 meters Jason Collett finished fourth in 1:50.43 earning five points for the men’s cause. His time also was a new personal record besting his previous best of 1:50.90 set this year at the ISU Classic.