Three Cats Reach Regional Marks in Opener

EMPORIA, Kan. In the outdoor track and field season opener at the Mike’s Sporting Goods Spring Twilight, Kansas State achieved three NCAA Midwest Regional marks and six event titles on Thursday evening.


Leading the day for K-State was sophomore Ashley Reider in the women’s javelin. The product of Lansing, Kan., registered a regional and winning effort of 145-09. A season ago at this meet Reider registered a toss of only 130-10 and reached a career-best distance of 152-08 during the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.


Joining Reider with a regional mark and winning performance was senior TJ Staab in the men’s shot put. The native of Plainville, Kan., reached a distance of 55-08.50 in his first performance for the Wildcats since the ISU Last Chance Qualifier on March 4, 2006.


Sophomore Laci Heller also regionally qualified with a second-place toss in the hammer throw of 190-11. This is the second straight season she has regionally qualified in this event during this meet. The Meriden, Kan., product has a career-best of 202-01.


Winning event titles on Thursday on the Zola Witten Track were junior Kyle Seiler in the men’s javelin, sophomore Adam Fretwell in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, junior Liz Rea in the women’s 1500-meter run and the women’s 4x100-meter relay team (45.96).


Seiler registered a winning toss of 197-10 in the javelin. A season ago, the Ellsworth, Kan., native narrowly missed the regional qualifying standard with a winning toss of 201-04.


Fretwell captured the hurdles title with a clocking of 15.24. The product of Houston, Texas recorded a new career-best with the performance, surpassing his previous best of 15.35 during the Sun Angel Classic on April 15, 2006.


Rea won by a full seven seconds in the 1500 with a time of 5:10.57. This was the first outdoor performance by Rea in a K-State uniform.


Kansas State will return to the track in Tucson, Ariz., for the Jim Click Invitational. Competition begins with the Jim Click Combined Events on March 22, followed by a full schedule on March 23-24.