Wildcats Look to Heat Up in Desert

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State track and field will send a small group of Wildcats to Tempe, Ariz., this weekend to compete in the Arizona State Invitational. The meet will provide a strong field for the eight student-athletes competing to test themselves against.

Three sprinters from the men’s squad Jason Coniglio, Mike Myer and Gus Vazquez-Milan will make the journey to the desert. Women’s hurdler Denise Baker will compete in sprints and the 100 hurdles while Kim Haberman will also run sprints along with competing in the long jump. The duo of Nancy Harrington and Alexandra Gonzalez will participate in the pole vault, and combined specialist Stephanie Hejde will compete in the events to train for the heptathlon.

Arizona State Invite Online
Fans looking for all the latest information on the Arizona State Invitational can find it on the Sun Devils’ Web site at http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/stats/021809aad.html. The link contains the meet schedule, meet and venue records along with heat sheets and results as they become available.

K-State posts Four Regional Marks in Opener
Kansas State track and field came away with a total of five titles and four regional qualifying marks at the Tulsa Invitational. The Wildcats also had three student-athletes finish second in their respective events as K-State opened the outdoor season strong on the road.

A duo women performed well in the javelin with Ali Pistora and Ashley Reider taking the top two spots. Pistora won the javelin with a throw of 149-03. Reider was right behind her with a throw of 145-07. Both throws were regional qualifiers as well.

Another duo of women shined in the pole vault as Nancy Harrington and Meriel Harwood came in third and fourth respectively in the pole vault. Each vaulted 10-08 with Harrington edging Harwood for third on jumps.

On the men’s side, Jason Coniglio came away with the win in the 100 meters with his time of 10.76 seconds. Gus Vazquez-Milan sped his way to a second place finish in the 400 meters in 49.44 seconds.

In the men’s field events, Emmanuel Neizer took first in the long jump with his leap of 23-10.00 passing his career best by 5.25 inches. K-State also claimed the men’s javelin throw to sweep men’s and women’s as Cory Boulanger took first with his throw of 206-08. His throw was good enough to be a regional qualifier as well.

The Wildcats came out strong in the hammer throw as well with Loren Groves winning the women’s event and posting a regional mark of 204-00. The women also took fourth, sixth and seventh. Nate Brummet claimed second for the men as well with his throw of 169-02.