Pair of Wildcats Earn All-American Honors

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Kansas State put a wrap on the 2007 indoor track season on Saturday with the final day of the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center. K-State had two athletes garner All-American honors during the last day and had three for the weekend.

 

The Kansas State men’s team was represented at the championship by just one athlete, sophomore Scott Sellers, but he made his presence count. The product of Katy, Texas cleared a height of 7-03.25 on his first attempt to finish third in the men’s high jump. Sellers is a two-time indoor All-American and joins Kyle Lancaster as the only Wildcat to earn multiple All-American honors in the high jump.

 

The K-State men have now earned 10 high jump All-American designations and have recorded at least one All-American honor overall in seven consecutive national championship appearances.

 

Sophomore Loren Groves earned her first career indoor All-American honor with a sixth-place finish in the weight throw. Groves recorded her best effort of the afternoon on her second throw with a mark of 67-06.75. The native of Scott City, Mo., earned the sixth weight throw All-American distinction in school history and the first since Anna Whitham finished sixth at the 2000 meet. She also finished the season with the second-best throw in school history of 68-03.75 during the KSU Open.

 

The winner of the women’s weight throw on Saturday was Brittany Riley of Southern Illinois with a new world record distance of 83-10.25, breaking her own previous world mark from earlier this season of 80-07.50.

 

K-State has now earned at least two female All-American citations in 13 straight NCAA Indoor Championships.

 

Junior Marianne Schlachter finished 13th in her first NCAA Indoor Championship appearance in the triple jump with a mark of 41-07.75. The product of Albbruck, Germany registered a career-high and the third best effort in school history earlier this season with a distance of 43-03.00 at the Big 12 Championships.

 

Kansas State will move directly into the outdoor season on Thursday at the Emporia State Spring Twilight.