Groves Earns All-America Standing at NCAAs

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. The Kansas State Wildcat team completed the first day of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with Loren Groves earning her second career All-America accolade in the women’s weight throw. The sophomore from Scott City, Mo., placed sixth in the field of 16 with a top mark of 68-08.00 from the Walker Pavilion in Fayetteville, Ark.


Junior Groves earned a spot into the finals of the event on Friday after opening with a throw of 67-06.25. She registered her sixth-place throw of 68-08.00 on her fourth attempt, the first of the finals. Her All-America award marks the second for Groves who adds to her 2007 certificate when she placed sixth with a throw of 67-06.75. The Wildcat junior is now a two-time All-American as well as owning two Big 12 gold medals in the weight throw.


Also competing in the weight throw was teammate Laci Heller, who took 10th after recording a toss of 64-10.75. Heller, competing in the second flight, threw the mark on her second attempt, but was unable to earn a spot in the top eight to advance with three additional tries.


K-State’s freshman heptathletes, Rok Derzanic and Moritz Cleve, finished the first day of the combined event. Derzanic leads the duo in sixth place with 3,126 points and 69 points back from the top three. The product of Artice, Slovenia, tallied two personal bests in the four events of Friday. He recorded a jump of 23-10.75 in the long jump and a throw of 38-11.50 in the shot put to better his marks of 23-08.00 and 38-11.50, respectively. Additionally, Derzanic ran a time of 7.06 in the 60M and a high jump mark of 6-05.00.


Cleve sits in 11th with 2,989 points and remains 113 from the top eight leaders. The freshman from Brochum, Germany, opened the meet with a personal best of 7.19 in the 60M to better his previous career mark of 7.25. He then added marks of 22-01.75 in the long jump, 43-03.00 in the shot put and a clearance of 6-04.00 in the high jump.


The two heptathlon competitors will finish the event with the final three events being held on Saturday from the Randal Tyson Track Center. The duo will have the 60M hurdles, pole vault and 1000M tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m.


In the women’s 400M prelims, Kansas State senior Donniece Parrish finished 15th with a time of 54.09. She missed qualifying for the finals by .48 seconds. The competition was the Florrisant, Mo., native’s first run in the NCAA Championships. She closes her indoor career after etching her name in the school record book after a second-place run of 53.15 at the Big 12 Championships.


K-State will conclude action at Saturday’s nationals with the completion of the heptathlon as well as NCAA Outdoor titlist Scott Sellers’ high jump competition. Live results can be followed at and a complete K-State recap will be available at