Cats Add 12 Midwest Regional Efforts to Ledger

TUCSON, Ariz. Kansas State track and field garnered 12 new NCAA Midwest Regional marks and five event wins during the Jim Click Shootout at Roy P. Drachman Stadium on Saturday.


K-State female athletes registered a total of nine regional marks led by event wins from Kaylene Wagner in the high jump, Ashley Reider in the javelin and Laci Heller in the hammer throw. Wagner recorded her first outdoor effort as a Wildcat with a winning clearance of 5-10.75. The height by the senior from Goleta, Calif., ranks eighth in school history.


Reider picked up where she left off from the Emporia Spring Twilight with a winning toss of 159-03. The sophomore from Lansing, Kan., registered a new career-best with the distance and the fifth-longest in school history.


Heller improved by almost five feet from last week’s regional qualifying effort, with a mark of 195-04 on Saturday. The junior from Meriden, Kan., had a previous season best and led the Big 12 with her regional qualifying mark of 190-11 from last Thursday’s Emporia State Spring Twilight.  


Freshman Beverly Ramos won her first career outdoor event crown in a K-State uniform with a winning time of 10:59.31 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. This is the first steeplechase win for a K-State female since Whitney Patton won at the UMKC Invitational on April 30, 2005. The clocking by Ramos is the second-fastest in school history, trailing only Amanda Crouse-Behnke’s mark of 10:49.65 during the 2001 Big 12 Championships.


Additional females to earn NCAA Midwest Regional marks on Saturday were: senior Monique Coleman (100-meter dash; 11.61), senior Shunte Thomas (400-meter dash; 54.17), sophomore Liliani Mendez (1,500-meter run; 4:26.38), junior Lindsay Grigoriev (discus; 156-05), the 4x100-meter relay (45.04) and the 4x400-meter relay (3:39.12).


Coleman zipped to a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash with her time of 11.61. The native of Richmond, Calif., recorded the third-fastest time in school history with her performance.


The 4x100-meter relay team of Coleman, Thomas, Marnyka Honeycutt and Donniece Parrish and the 4x400-meter relay team of Coleman, Thomas, Parrish and Morgan Bonds carded the fourth-fastest times in school history, respectively. A season ago, four separate relay teams in 4x100 and three different 4x400-meter teams achieved top-10 marks in the school record books.


Kansas State male athletes had five athletes attain six NCAA Midwest Regional marks led by senior Kyle Lancaster in the high jump and sophomore Mike Myer in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Lancaster opened his final outdoor campaign in a K-State uniform with a winning clearance of 7-00.50. The Fort Scott, Kan., product holds the school outdoor record with a height of 7-07.00.


Myer blitzed to a second-place finish and the eighth-fastest time in K-State history in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.16. In the 100-meter dash, Myer finished third with an effort of 10.48. With the clocking, the native of Lenexa, Kan., registered the second-fastest 100 time in school, trailing only Terence Newman’s record of 10.20 during the 2002 Jim Click Shootout.


Additional male Wildcat athletes to achieve regional marks were: senior Lamar Garrett (high jump; 6-10.75), freshman Eric Thomas (discus throw; 171-01) and senior TJ Staab improved his regional standing in the shot put (55-09.00). 

Kansas State will travel to Houston, Texas next weekend for the Bayou Classic hosted by Rice University.