Cats Battle Competition, Elements at Bayou Classic

HOUSTON Kansas State track and field waited out a two-hour severe weather delay on Saturday before beginning competition at the Victor Lopez Bayou Classic at Rice University. After the events began, the Wildcats secured four event crowns and garnered one new NCAA Midwest regional qualifier.


Kaylene Wagner improved on her season-best in the women’s high jump with a clearance of 6-00.75 to defeat the reigning Big 12 indoor champion, Destinee Hooker of Texas. With the effort, the senior from Goleta, Calif., has now moved into sixth in the K-State high jump record books. 


Bryce Bergman carded his second career NCAA Midwest regional qualifying height in the men’s pole vault. The junior from Baileyville, Kan., soared to a height of 16-06.75 to win his first pole vault crown since April 1, 2006 at the UTEP Springtime Invitational. Bergman has a personal-best of 16-07.25.


Also winning event titles on Saturday afternoon were sophomores Mike Myer and Scott Sellers. Myer won his first 100-meter dash title in a Wildcat uniform with a time of 10.71. A week ago at the Jim Click Shootout, Myer zipped to the second-fastest time in school history and an NCAA regional qualifying mark of 10.48.


Sellers made the return to his home state a success by winning his first collegiate outdoor triple jump title with a career-best distance of 48-07.25.


Kansas State will send a large delegation of athletes to Eugene, Oregon next weekend for the Pepsi Invitational at historic Hayward Field.