Wildcats Struggle in Day One of NCAA's

MANHATTAN, Kan. On the opening day of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships the Kansas State contingency struggled to make its mark. Loren Groves and the women’s distance medley relay team both failed to earn points, and Moritz Cleve finds himself in ninth after the first portion of the heptathlon at Gilliam Indoor Track and Field Stadium at Texas A&M.

 

Groves entered the NCAA Championship with the third longest mark in the nation this season but could not continue her dominance in the weight throw. Groves had a long throw of 62-01.75 to finish 13th as she was unable to repeat her solid performance in the ring from two weeks ago in College Station when she won her third straight Big 12 Conference title.

 

The women’s distance medley relay team of Beverly Ramos, TiAra Walpool, Boglarka Bozzay and Liliani Mendez also could not repeat their strong performance that earned their way into the national meet. The Wildcats ran their way to 11th with a time of 11:23.11.

 

K-State qualified for the meet with a time of 11:07.41 last week at Notre Dame which was fifth in the nation at the time. Four teams ran under 11 minutes in the championship meet on Friday night as Tennessee set a new world record in the event to win.

 

Moritz Cleve also came into the championship as one of the national leaders in his event. He posted the third highest score in the heptathlon while winning the Big 12 Championship two weeks ago. Cleve struggled out of the gates in Day 1 of competition finishing 10th in three of four events.

 

After jumping over seven meters in all three attempts during the Big 12 meet two weeks ago, Cleve could not duplicate the feat with a long of 6.93 meters (22-09.00). He was able to claw up the standings in the shot put finishing sixth with his throw of 44-09.50. Cleve then finished 10th in the high jump at 6-04.00, two inches higher than his leap of two weeks ago.

 

Cleve finds himself in ninth place heading into the final three events on Saturday. He currently has 2,310 points and is 17 points behind eighth to earn a point for the Wildcats and All-America consideration. He will have an opportunity to move up with performances in events he is strong in. Cleve improved his personal record in the pole vault by eight inches two weeks ago, and the heptathlon closes with the 1,000 meters an event he traditionally runs well in.

 

Cleve will be joined by high jumper Scott Sellers in action on Saturday as Sellers looks to become a four-time All-American at the NCAA Indoor Championship in his event. Live stats will be available on Texas A&M’s site aggieathletics.com.

 

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