Cats to Compete at NCAA Championships

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The Kansas State track and field team will send a contingency of student-athletes to College Station, Texas, for two days to compete for national championships. Texas A&M will host the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Gilliam Indoor Track and Field Stadium on Friday and Saturday where the group saw success during the Big 12 Championship.

Moritz Cleve looks to remain hot in the men’s heptathlon after putting together his best performance while winning the Big 12 Championship. Cleve set four personal bests during the event at the Big 12’s two weeks ago and was three points shy of the school record. His point total of 5,783 ranks third in the nation this season.

Thrower Loren Groves eyes her first national title as well after winning her third straight Big 12 Championship in the weight throw. Groves has the fourth-longest throw in the nation this season at 70-00.25. Only four student-athletes have hit the 70-foot mark this year with the next closest throw nearly two feet behind Groves and the rest of the group.

High jumper Scott Sellers looks to continue his success on the national level and earn his fourth Indoor All-America honor. Sellers has finished ninth, third and second at the NCAA Championship respectively in his career at K-State. His highest jump on the year at 7-02.25 ranks 12th nationally.

K-State will also send a women’s distance medley relay team to College Station. The tandem of Beverly Ramos, TiAra Walpool, Boglarka Bozzay and Liliani Mendez qualified for the event with an automatic time of 11:07.41 at the Alex Wilson Invitational. The time ranks ninth in the nation heading into the national championship.

NCAA Championship Online
Fans can follow the action from the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship online on at aggieathletics.com/ncaa2009/track. The site will have heat sheets, photos, live stats and updated point standings.

Wildcat DMR Runs to Automatic Bid
The Kansas State track and field team sent a women’s distance medley relay tandem to Notre Dame with the mission of qualifying for the NCAA Championship at the Alex Wilson Invitational. The team of Beverly Ramos, TiAra Walpool, Boglarka Bozzay and Liliani Mendez did more than that.
 
The team posted an automatic qualifying time of 11:07.41 to finish second and tally the fastest time in school history. The time can not count as a new school record because it was run on an oversized track, but it is more than five seconds faster than the school record. The mark also bests the previous fastest time on an oversized track by nearly eight seconds.

Cleve Claims Big 12 Championship
Last season Moritz Cleve finished second in the men’s heptathlon at the Big 12 Conference Championship. This year he defeated the defending champion and nearly set the school record in the process of winning his first conference title.

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 Kansas State record. Cleve set four personal records in the event three coming in individual events and the fourth for his overall point total. He vaulted 15-11.00 improving his personal record by eight inches. He also PR’ed in the 60 meters and shot put on Day 1 of competition.

Groves Completes Three-Peat
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.

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.