Sellers Takes Silver at Nationals

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. On the final day of the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Kansas State men earned two All-America citations, including a second-place performance from junior Scott Sellers. The Katy, Texas, native earned the silver medal after clearing a height of 7-04.50 in the men’s high jump at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.

 

Sellers earned his fifth All-America certificate Saturday and third indoor award after a rematch of the Big 12 Championship battle with conference foe Dusty Jonas of Nebraska. As Sellers won the Big 12 title, Jonas finished slightly ahead of Sellers on the final day of nationals with a clearance at the 7-07.00 bar. Sellers, the Big 12 Men’s Performer of the Year, passed over the 7-00.25 and 7-02.25 height on his first attempt. In his run at 7-03.25, he used two tries to clear the mark but then easily passed over 7-04.25. The junior Wildcat missed on each of his attempts at 7-05.75, while Jonas cleared on his first attempt.

 

Sellers’ eight points from the second-place effort were added to freshman Rok Derzanic’s one point from the day’s earlier completion of the men’s heptathlon. Derzanic finished with the final three events on Saturday to land in eighth place with a personal-best 5,645 points. The All-American citation for Derzanic marks only the second in the men’s heptathlon for Kansas State, as Darius Draudvila finished fifth in 2005.

 

Derzanic ended the combined events with a career mark in the 1000M after running a time of 2:38.04. He added the mark to a time of 8.30 in the 60M hurdles and a height of 14-03.25 in the pole vault. The Artice, Slovenia, native sat in sixth after day one with a total of 3,126 points (7.06 60M; 23-10.75 long jump; 39-11.25 shot put; 6-05.00 high jump). Derzanic already owned the third-best mark in school history, but improves that total by 51 points with his NCAA Championships effort.

 

Freshman Moritz Cleve also completed the men’s heptathlon, as he took 12th place with 5,604 points. The product of Bochum, Germany, also ran a PR in the 1000M, the final event of the combined events. He clocked a time of 2:36.03 to improve his earlier run of 2:38.06. Cleve also had a time of 8.24 in the 60M hurdles and a 14-11.00 mark in the pole vault. Cleve was 10th on day one with 2,989 points with a 7.19 in the 60M, 22-01.75 in the long jump, 43-03.00 in the shot put and 6-04.00 in the high jump.

 

With two All-American men, K-State extends its streak to eight-consecutive years of having at least one competitor place in the top eight.

 

The Kansas State men finished tied for 27th with nine total points, while the women fell into a three-way tie for 53rd with three points. The Arizona State men and women swept the titles, while the LSU women and Florida State men finished in runner-up position. 

 

Complete results of the 2008 NCAA Championships can be found on www.flashresults.com.