Wildcats Add Seven Regional Marks at ASU Meet

TEMPE, Ariz. The Kansas State track and field women had a strong appearance at the Baldy Castillo Invitational hosted by Arizona State as they return home with six additional regional marks and six event titles. The men added one regional mark by sprinter Mike Myer, as well as five top-three finishes.


The women opened the meet on Friday in the hammer throw with a one-two finish by indoor national qualifiers Laci Heller and Loren Groves. Heller let loose on her third toss as she recorded a mark of 208-03 to tally a personal best as well as a meet record. The NCAA Regional-qualifying mark earned her first place and brought her within a foot and one inch of the school record. Heller had a previous best of 202-01 from the 2006 Texas Relays.


Groves took second in the event with a personal-best and regional throw of 197-11. The junior sat in fourth in the school-record books with a toss of 191-00 at the 2006 Texas Relays, but was elevated to third on Friday. She passes Anna Whitham, who notched a career mark of 197-05 at the 1999 Big 12 Championships.


During Saturday’s competition from the Joe Sellah Track at Sun Angel Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., the Wildcat women earned two more regional qualifiers in throws. Freshman Ali Pistora, who already threw a regional mark in her first meet, improved her top throw in the javelin. Pistora, who had a PR of 148-02 from the ESU Spring Twilight, threw a launch of 151-00 to take second. In the discus, senior Lindsay Grigoriev finished third with her first qualifying mark of the year after throwing for 159-09.


After completing strong indoor campaigns in the women’s pole vault, freshmen Nancy Harrington and Alexandra Gonzalez opened the outdoor with the same potency on Saturday. They each cleared the bar at 12-07.50, a regional qualification, as Harrington placed second and Gonzalez fourth. The distance ties the two for the fourth best pole vault mark in outdoor school history.


The women added one qualifier in running events as junior Liliani Mendez ran a time of 4:23.90 in the 1500M. She took the title in the event with a near PR, coming up four one-hundredths of a second shy of her recording from the 2007 Nebraska Invitational.


Senior Donniece Parrish, fresh of her first NCAA indoor-qualifying campaign, took the top spot in the women’s 100M. She crossed the line in 11.87, while teammates Marnyka Honeycutt and Lauren Fisher completed a one-two-three sweep for the Cats. Honeycutt clocked a time of 11.91, while Fisher had a personal-best mark of 12.51.


Honeycutt and Parrish also aided in the Wildcats sweeping the titles in the relays. The women’s 4x100M finished first with a run of 46.04 using legs of Tiara Walpool, Honeycutt, Candice Mills and Parrish. Walpool, Parrish, Honeycutt and Morgan Bonds combined for a winning time of 3:50.87 in the 4x400M.


Jumper Thomaida Polydorou earned the women’s sixth title of the meet, as she took the long jump crown. The senior leaped to a personal-best of 18-05.75.


Mike Myer finished as the lone Wildcat to notch an NCAA regional-qualifying mark for the men’s team. He sprinted to a time of 10.49 in the 100M to finish second.


Four additional individuals tallied top-three finishes for the men, though, including two taking the runner-up positions in field events. Senior Lamar Garrett, back for his final outdoor season after sitting out indoor, took second in the high jump with a height of 6-08.75. Junior Scott Sellers, the reigning NCAA outdoor high jump champion, finished second in the men’s long jump with a leap of 22-11.00.


In running events, junior Adam Fretwell placed second in the men’s 110M hurdles with a time of 14.83. Sophomore Sam James took bronze in the 800M with a time of 1:51.60.


The Wildcats will next travel to Sacramento, Calif., to compete in the Nike Challenge. For complete coverage of Wildcat track and field, please visit www.kstatesports.com.