Sellers Sails to National Title

MANHATTAN, Kan. Scott Sellers can now add two-time national champion to his rsum. The senior high jumper blew away the competition at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday to win the second national title of his career. He leapt passed the field with his jump of 7-04.50 at Gilliam Indoor Track and Field Stadium at Texas A&M.


Sellers was the only competitor to hit 7-02.25 clearing the height on his first attempt. He then cleared the height of 7-04.50 on his first attempt again. Sellers could not repeat his indoor school record as he failed all three attempts at 7-06.50, but his performance far outshined the field as 7-00.25 was second place. His leap of 7-04.50 also was a facility record for Gilliam Indoor Track and Field Stadium.


Kansas State’s other student-athlete in action Saturday was heptathlete Moritz Cleve and he was able to climb his way up the standings in Day 2 of competition after struggling through the first four events. The sophomore posted third and fourth place finishes over the final three events to move into fifth overall and earn his first All-America honor with a total of 5,657 points.


He opened the day finishing third in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.15 seconds. It was his second fastest time in the hurdles this season and earned him the most points in any of his events this weekend. Cleve followed the hurdles with a pole vault of 15-09.00 to finish fourth keeping his recent success in the event going. Two weeks ago at the Big 12 Conference Championship, Cleve vaulted a personal best of 15-11.00 passing his previous high by eight inches. He then closed the heptathlon with a solid third place in the 1,000 meters. His time of 2:45.43 was good enough to move him up the standings despite being a bit off his usual pace.


The Wildcats tallied 14 points on the men’s side to finish tied for 16th while Oregon ran away with the team title scoring 54 points and winning by 18. Tennessee held off Texas A&M to win the women’s title in a tight battle 42-37. K-State will begin the outdoor season in two weeks when the Wildcats travel to the Arizona State Invitational.