Wildcats Headed to Houston This Weekend

This Week For Kansas State
Victor Lopez Bayou Classic
Friday-Saturday, March 30-31
Rice Track - Rice University Houston, Texas

Kansas State track and field will travel to Houston, Texas this weekend for the Bayou Classic at Rice University. The K-State delegation will include six athletes who have qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional meet and three athletes from the Lone Star State: Adam Fretwell, Scott Sellers and Preston Taylor.

Last Time Out
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 last 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.

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.

Sellers Ranked Among IAAF Elite
Sophomore Scott Sellers climbed two spots in the March 26 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) world rankings for the high jump. Sellers ranks 40th in the world after finishing third at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Reider Sets Career-Best in Javelin
Sophomore Ashley Reider picked up where she left off from the Mike’s Sporting Goods Spring Twilight at Emporia State (145-09) with a winning toss of 159-03 during the Jim Click Shootout. The sophomore from Lansing, Kan., registered a new career-best with the distance and the fifth-longest in school history. This was the longest throw by a Wildcat since Mandi Peterson tallied the third-longest effort in school history at the 2003 NCAA Midwest Regional with a mark of 162-09.

My, Oh, Myer  
Sophomore Mike 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.

During his debut indoor season with K-State, Myer finished tied with Dusty McDonald for the fastest 200-meter time (21.55) and clocked the eighth-fastest 60-meter time (6.83).

Heller and Her Hammer
K-State junior Laci Heller improved on her Big 12 lead in the hammer throw during the Jim Click Shootout with a toss of 195-04. The effort by the Meriden, Kan., product is her second effort beyond 190 feet this season and is an improvement of almost five feet from her previous season-best of 190-11.

Heller has won eight career hammer throw titles, while competing in 23 events. She has surpassed the regional standard in 16 of those efforts. She has a career-best of 202-01 during the 2006 Texas Relays, which ranks second in school history.

Lancaster Returns to Track with Win
Senior Kyle Lancaster won his 12th career high jump title last Saturday at the Jim Click Shootout with an NCAA Regional qualifying height of 7-00.50. The Fort Scott, Kan., native redshirted during the 2006 outdoor campaign. This was his first outdoor win since May 28, 2005 at the NCAA Midwest Regionals. 

Women’s Relays Garner Regional Standing; Place in Record Books
The 4x100-meter relay team of Monique Coleman, Shunte Thomas, Marnyka Honeycutt and Donniece Parrish clocked the fourth-fastest time in school history with a mark of 45.04 during the Jim Click Shootout. The afternoon was not done for three of those runners as Coleman, Thomas and Parrish joined Morgan Bonds in registering the fourth-fastest time in school history with a mark of 3:39.12. 

A season ago, four separate relay teams in the 4x100 and three different 4x400-meter teams achieved top-10 marks in the school record books.

Ramos Wins First Outdoor Race; Joins Wildcat Top-10 List
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.

Staab Secures Regional Marks in First Efforts of Season
Senior TJ Staab has made his return to the shot put circle a successful one this season. The native of Plainville, Kan., reached a regional-qualifying distance of 55-08.50 during the Mike’s Sporting Goods Spring Twilight at Emporia State. This was his first performance for the Wildcats since the ISU Last Chance Qualifier on March 4, 2006. Staab then improved by a half-inch last week at the Jim Click Shootout with a regional mark of 55-09.00.