Wildcats Post Nine Regional Marks

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State track and field team got its first taste of team competition on Saturday at the Pepsi Team Invitational hosted by Oregon. The Wildcats boasted eight first-place finishes and nine regional qualifying marks.


K-State competed in a team scored meet against host Oregon along with Indiana and Utah State. The men’s squad finished third while the women came in fourth.


Mike Myer came away as the most decorated Wildcat on Saturday. Myer won the 100 meters as well as the 200 meters posting regional marks in both events. Myer claimed the 100 in 10.49 seconds and the 200 in 21.08. He was finished closely behind by freshman Mantas Silkauskas in the 200 as Silkauskas finished second in 21.51.


Other regional marks for the men’s team were posted by Jason Collett, Moritz Cleve and Scott Sellers.


Collett bested the field in the 800 meters with a new personal best time of 1:49.52 to win the event. Cleve won the 110 meter hurdles in 14.21 seconds to post his regional time. It also was a new personal best. Sellers soared over his opponents in the high jump with his leap of 7-02.50. No other competitor cleared seven feet.


Loren Groves put up regional distances in multiple events for the women’s team winning the hammer throw and finishing second in the discus. Groves left the field far behind in the hammer with her throw of 202-06. She was nearly 22 feet better than second place. She also qualified for the Midwest Regional in the discus with her throw of 156-05 to finish second.


Three more female student-athletes qualified for the regional for the Wildcats as Beverly Ramos, TiAra Walpool and Ali Pistora all hit the mark.


Ramos finished third in the 5,000 meters in 16:33.90 n her first competition in the event in outdoor. Walpool won the triple jump at 40-07.50 for her regional mark, and Pistora finished third in the javelin with her throw of 143-08.


Other notable performances by Wildcats came in the long jump as Kim Haberman finished second surpassing her previous best by nearly two feet with a leap of 19-08.00. Emmanuel Neizer finished third in the men’s long jump and second in the triple jump.


Eric Thomas won the men’s discus with his throw of 159-09 while Walpool finished third in the women’s 100 meters in 12.05 seconds for a new personal best. Denise Baker finished third in the 100 hurdles and both men’s relay teams finished second.


The Wildcats also sent four student-athletes to participate in the ESU/State Farm Relays at Emporia State. All four of the male throwers finished in the top four of their events with one coming away with a win.


Mitch Breeding was one inch short of tying his personal best throw in the javelin with his hurl of 176 feet to finish first. Josh Mathiasmeier posted a new best in the discus with a throw of 160-02. He passed his previous best by nearly six feet to finish third. Kyle Younger finished right behind him in fourth, and Ashton Miller claimed fourth in the hammer throw.


K-State will split the squad next weekend with four events on the slate. Wildcats will travel to compete at Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona State and UTEP.