K-State Represents Big 12 at Pepsi Invite

This Week For Kansas State
Pepsi Invitational
Saturday, April 7
Hayward Field - University of Oregon Eugene, Oregon

MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State will travel to one of the most historic track and field stadiums in the country for the Pepsi Invitational in Eugene, Ore., on April 7. Hayward Field has hosted a number of NCAA Championship, NCAA Regional and Pac-10 Championship meets and a handful of U.S. National meets and U.S. Olympic Trials, including the 2008 edition.

Teams competing in the Pepsi Invitational are K-State, Oregon, USC and Washington. The Wildcats will have all 13 of its NCAA Midwest Regional qualifier and its two women’s regional qualifying relay teams in tow.

Last Time Out
Kansas State waited out a two-hour severe weather delay 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.

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.

Three High Jumpers in Dandy Dozen
Scott Sellers, Kyle Lancaster and Kaylene Wagner are included in Trackwire.com’s first Dandy Dozen of the 2007 outdoor campaign. Based on his third-place performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships, Sellers checks in at third, while Lancaster’s early regional qualifying performances and past history at nationals has placed him in eighth. Wagner is sixth on the women’s ranking.

The factors used to build the Dandy Dozen include quantitative values that measure performances in past major competitions (such as conference championships, national championships and Olympic competition), durability and freedom from injuries, demonstrated ability to compete well in multiple rounds of competition, ability in other events, head-to-head competition with other top athletes, and personal or seasonal bests.

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 on March 24. 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 on March 24 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.

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 on March 24 at the Jim Click Shootout with a regional mark of 55-09.00.  

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.