Sellers Improves KSU Record En Route to Second Win

LINCOLN, Neb. With his first indoor title and second Big 12 gold, Kansas State’s Scott Sellers was crowned the high jump champion at Saturday’s Big 12 Indoor Championship in Lincoln, Neb. The junior Wildcat ended with a school-record height of 7-06.00, breaking his own top mark of 7-05.75 from the ISU Classic in 2007.

 

After passing on the opening three heights, Sellers cleared the 6-11.75 and 7-01.75 bars on his first attempt. During his run at the 7-03.75 mark, Sellers struggled with his footing as Nebraska’s Dusty Jonas was able to clear the bar on his first attempt. Sellers tapped the bar on his third attempt, but was able to make the height as the bar remained on the standard. As the only two remaining competitors in a field of 13, Jonas again cleared the next height, 7-05.00, on his first look. Sellers was able to make adjustments to clear on his second attempt and easily soared over the 7-06.00 bar on his first try, while Jonas missed at all three attempts.

 

“It feels good to win another title and my first indoor,” Sellers said. “It wasn’t feeling good early on in the competition. I was all over early and I’d fix one thing and something else would go wrong. But Coach Rovelto and I made some adjustments.”

 

Sellers’ mark of 7-06.00 is currently the third best height cleared in the United States this indoor season. Jesse Williams of Nike has passed over heights of 7-07.25 and 7-07.00. Sellers had three attempts at 7-07.25, but a slight tap on the third try sent the bar to the mat.   

 

“I am glad to be able to help the team with points,” Sellers said. “Our heptathlon guys started us off well and I’m glad to contribute my points for the team.”

 

The K-State men earned 16 points with their three heptathlete competitors as each scored NCAA-qualifying point totals and personal-best marks after the Saturday conclusion. The Wildcat freshman duo of Moritz Cleve and Rok Derzanic finished with the silver and bronze medals, while junior Adam Fretwell matched his 2007 finish of seventh.

 

After a day one fifth-place standing, Cleve sat in third place and eight points behind teammate Derzanic after six events were scored. With a personal-best time and first-place finish by four seconds in the 1000M, Cleve captured the silver after a run of 2:38.06 earned 895 points. He also had a PR by one foot in the pole vault after clearing 15-03.00 and opened the morning with an 8.13 time in the 60M hurdles. His point total of 5,655 is the second-best in K-State indoor history and an NCAA automatic mark. First-day marks include a 7.28 60M sprint, 22-04.25 in the long jump, 44-07.50 in the shot put and 6-04.25 in the high jump.

 

Derzanic took the bronze with an NCAA provisional total of 5,594 points in his first hepathlon competition. The mark is the third-best total in K-State history and was obtained after Derzanic strung together five event bests. He tallied a PR in each of the second day events as he clocked an 8.21 in the 60M hurdles, 14-07.25 in the pole vault and 2:44.35 in the 1000M. He finished the first day in third place with marks of 6.98 in the 60M, 23-08.00 in the long jump, 38-06.00 in the shot put and 6-04.25 in the high jump.

 

Fretwell moved up one place during the second day of competition and finished the meet in seventh to match his placing from one year ago. The junior had two career marks on Saturday with a time of 8.34 in the 60M hurdles and a clearance of 15-03.00 in the pole vault. He finished the heptathlon with a run of 2:50.46 in the 1000M. With a total of 5,436 points, an NCAA provisional mark, Fretwell bettered his previous PR of 5,279 from the 2007 Big 12 Indoor Championships. Fretwell finished Friday with marks of 7.13 in the 60M, 23-00.75 in the long jump, 38-07.00 in the shot put and 6-03.25 in the high jump.

 

The men added eight points with Jason Collett and Sam James in the 800M finals. The pair came out fast, while Collett remained in the front runners until crossing the line in third to earn the bronze. The junior finished in a time of 1:51.96 with his second All-Conference honors in the event. He placed sixth as a freshman, but was unable to return to the finals and took 10th in 2007. Teammate James earned the team two points with a seventh-place finish after running a time of 1:54.21. The sophomore was awarded All-Big 12 honors for the first time in his career as he finished 15th during the 2007 meet in the 600Y.

 

Junior Mike Myer raced his way to not only nine points in two events, but also broke a seven-year-old school record in the 200M. Myer finished fourth in the 200M with a personal-best and record mark of 21.16, bettering his previous run of 21.36 from the 2008 Conference Challenge. He breaks the 2001 school best of 21.17 set by Consensus All-American football player Terence Newman at the Big 12 Championships. The time also sits as Myer’s first NCAA qualification as he met the provisional mark of 21.23. Earlier in the day, Myer tallied four team points with a fifth-place finish in the 60M after tying his personal-best mark of 6.77.

 

Running to his first Big 12 honors, senior Colin Swaney notched a sixth-place finish in the men’s 3000M. Swaney registered a mark of 8:16.51 to earn three team points. The time is Swaney’s second best in the event as he clocked an 8:15.72 at the 2008 Sevigne Husker Invitational.

 

With 46 total points, the Wildcat men finished in eighth place, three spots better than their 11th position in 2007. The Texas men took the title with 106.00 points while Nebraska (104.00) and Texas Tech (93.00) took second and third, respectively.

 

The women walked away with a pair of silver medals from the Devaney Center on Saturday. Senior Donniece Parrish earned her first Big 12 medal with a second-place finish in the 400M. She raced to the school record in the event with a time of 53.15, breaking the 2006 mark of 53.23 by Shunte Thomas. The time also marks a personal best by eight-tenths of a second as she recorded a 53.95 at the Sevigne Husker Invitational earlier this year from Lincoln. The clocking is currently tied for eighth best among collegiate runners on the national qualifiers list.

 

Also taking home silver was senior Morgan Bonds in the 600Y. Already a two-time Big 12 Champion in the event, Bonds crossed the line at 1:21.29 to notch a season-best in the event. She previously raced a time of 1:22.46 at the Conference Challenge this season. With the second-place finish, Bonds finished no worse than fourth in the event in each of her four Wildcat seasons.

 

In distance events, the Wildcat women tallied nine points, including four from sophomore Beverly Ramos in the 3000M. Ramos set a personal best in the event with a run of 9:40.98, which falls as the seventh-best time in KSU history. She ran a time of 9:48.36 earlier this season at the Sevigne Husker Invitational.

 

Adding four points was Liliani Mendez, as she took fifth in the 1000M. The junior crossed the finish line with a time of 2:50.18 to earn her third All-Big 12 honor. She finished the 1000M in fourth place last year with a PR of 2:48.77.

 

The Wildcat women finished sixth in the 4x400M relay with a time of 3:45.54. K-State used legs of Tiara Walpool, Parrish, Marnyka Honeycutt and Bonds to finish with three points.

 

The women finished the meet with 54 points to finish in ninth place. They improved their standing from 2007, when they took 10th. The Texas A&M Aggies took the team title with 119.25 points and Nebraska (95.00) and Kansas (93.00) took the silver and bronze trophies, respectively.

 

 

K-State All-Big 12 Finishers

Men:

Moritz Cleve, Heptathlon, 2nd (5,655 points)

Jason Collett, 800M, 3rd (1:51.96)

Rok Derzanic, Heptathlon, 3rd (5,594 points)

Adam Fretwell, Heptathlon, 7th (5,436 points)

Sam James, 800M, 7th (1:54.21)

Mike Myer, 60M, 5th (6.77)

Mike Myer, 200M, 4th (21.16)

Scott Sellers, High jump, 1st (7-06.00)

Colin Swaney, 3000M, 6th (8:16.51)

 

Women:

Morgan Bonds, 600Y, 2nd (1:21.29)

Alexandra Gonzalez, Pole Vault, 3rd (12-06.75)

Loren Groves, Weight throw, 1st (70-03.00)

Laci Heller, Weight throw, 3rd (65-06.25)

Liliani Mendez, 1000M, 5th (2:50.18)

Donniece Parrish, 400M, 2nd (53.15)

Beverly Ramos, 3000M, 4th (9:40.98)

Beverly Ramos, 5000M, 5th (16:51.07)

Annika Schoenebeck, Pentathlon, 8th (3,600 points)

4x400M relay (Walpool-Parrish-Honeycutt-Bonds), 6th (3:45.54)