Big 12 Record Throw Earns Groves Title

LINCOLN, Neb. Kansas State’s Loren Groves unleashed a throw of 70-03.00 in the women’s weight throw to capture her second-straight title at the Big 12 Indoor Championship in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday. The junior from Scott City, Mo., not only broke her own school record of 69-11.50 with the throw, but also claimed the Big 12 record with the mark.

 

“Going into (the competition), I wasn’t really worried about the title at the time,” Groves said. “I knew if I did what I was capable of doing, everything else would fall into place. I knew I had a chance of breaking the Big 12 record. I was super excited. It is a big accomplishment for me this season.”

 

Groves struck early as she led the field after her first throw of 64-05.25, but her second throw of 70-03.00 set her apart from the competition. With her second Big 12 title, she allows K-State’s streak of titles to continue as the Wildcat women have crowned a champion in each year of the Championships. Groves also marks KSU’s sixth weight throw title in 12 league meets.

 

Adding to K-State’s hardware earnings was senior Laci Heller, who captured a bronze medal with a throw of 65-06.25. The third-place finish allowed Heller to close her Big 12 Indoor Championship career with four years of top three finishes; Heller placed second as a freshman, titled during her sophomore campaign and had back-to-back bronze finishes in her final two seasons.

 

With 16 points tabulated from the weight throw, the women were pushed into third place after the first day of competition from the Devaney Center in Lincoln. K-State sits with 26 total points, while Nebraska leads with 49.50 and Kansas is in second with 33.

 

K-State’s first points came after the conclusion of the women’s pentathlon when freshman Annika Schoenebeck finished in eighth place. The native of Bayern, Germany, scored 3,600 points to earn All-Conference honors in her first Big 12 competition. Schoenebeck opened the pentathlon with a personal-best time of 9.15 in the 60M hurdles, bettering her previous PR of 9.17. The young Wildcat then added marks of 5-01.75 in the high jump, 36-03.00 in the shot put and 17-05.25 in the long jump. Schoenebeck entered the final event of the 800M in eighth place, but despite finishing second with a time of 2:23.46, she maintained her scoring position to earn one point for the team standings.

 

In the women’s pole vault, sophomore Alexandra Gonzalez had a strong showing and earned a bronze medal for the Wildcats. Gonzalez cleared the first three bars on her first attempt, but was unable to pass over the 13-00.75 height. She finished in a three-way tie for third at 12-06.75.

 

Sophomore Beverly Ramos captured her first indoor All-Big 12 honors after running to a fifth-place finish in the women’s 5000M. She earned the team four points with a time of 16:51.07. It marks only the second time she has competed in the race, as she provisionally qualified earlier this year at the ISU Classic with a career best of 16:36.29.

 

The men finished the first day of the heptathlon with all three competitors in the top eight, including a third-place standing in freshman Rok Derzanic. In his first heptathlon competition, Derzanic recorded two personal-best marks in the first pair of events to finish in the lead in both. During the 60M, Derzanic raced to a mark of 6.98 and followed that performance with a 23-08.00 effort in the long jump. He also registered marks of 38-06.00 in the shot put and 6-04.25 in the high jump to bring his day-one total to 3,092 points.

 

Freshman Moritz Cleve sits in fifth after four events with 3,007 points and also notched two personal bests on the day. His jump of 22-04.25 in the long jump and toss of 44-07.50 in the shot put each sit as new career marks. He also ran a 60M hurdle time of 7.28 and cleared a height of 6-04.25 in the high jump.

 

Junior Adam Fretwell put together 2,973 points during the competition to put himself in scoring position at eighth. He finished third in the first two competitions with a 7.13 in the 60M hurdles and 23-00.75 in the long jump. Fretwell added a throw of 38-07.00 in the shot put and notched a PR in the high jump with a height of 6-03.25.

 

Nebraska’s Skyler Reising and Missouri’s Nick Adcock sit at one-two in the day one final. Reising has tallied 3,294 points while Adcock has 3,259 points.

 

During the running events preliminaries, K-State advanced three women and four men to Saturday finals, including returning 600Y champion Morgan Bonds. The senior from Hutchinson, Kan., crossed the line in 1:21.49 to notch the fastest qualifying mark. She will tentatively race at 3:45 p.m. during Saturday’s final heat.

 

Senior Donniece Parrish continued her run of NCAA provisional-qualifying races, as she notched her third qualifying time in the 400M and was among the eight to advance to Saturday’s final. Parrish finished with the third-best mark as she clocked a time of 54.35, the third best run of her career. She will compete in the final scheduled for 4:05 p.m.

 

Junior Liliani Mendez also earned a chance to compete on Saturday as she qualified in the 1000M. The native of Dorado, Puerto Rico, raced to a time of 2:51.32. The time was the fourth fastest ran during Friday’s prelims and placed Mendez into the eight-woman field for Saturday’s 4:25 p.m. final.

 

For the men, junior Mike Myer pushed his way to a personal-best tying mark of 6.77 in the 60M sprint. Myer advanced to the finals with the seventh-best prelim time and will compete at approximately 3:15 p.m. He doubled the effort by racing to the fifth-best mark in the 200M with a time of 21.27. The time breaks his previous PR of 21.36 and sits as the second best 200M time in school history. The 200M finals are set for 5:15 p.m.

 

Two Wildcats will be competing in the 800M final as both Jason Collett and Sam James qualified out of the preliminary heats on Friday. Collett finished second in prelims with a time of 1:52.39, while James moved onto the finals after clocking a 1:52.82. The two will compete at 4:55 p.m. on Saturday.

 

The Big 12 Indoor Championships will conclude on Saturday from the Devaney Center with all running finals, the heptathlon conclusion as well as numerous field events. More information can be found on www.huskers.com and www.big12sports.com. A complete recap of Wildcat events will be available on www.kstatesports.com following the meet’s conclusion.