KSU Tallies Eight Top-Three Finishes at ESU Relays

EMPORIA, Kan. As eight Kansas State Wildcats placed in medal position at the ESU Relays in Emporia, Kan., on Saturday, two women’s titlist made up ground in the regional standings with their first-place efforts. Freshman Ali Pistora and junior Loren Groves moved into the top 15 in the nation in their respective events after tallying season-best marks in throws.


Pistora won the women’s javelin after letting loose a throw of 164-00, the fourth-best toss in K-State outdoor history. Prior to Saturday’s performance, Pistora had a personal best of 151-00 which she earned at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on April 22nd. She improved from the 31st-best throw in the country to seventh with the 13 feet increase; she also is currently ranked second in the Big 12 Conference and third in the Midwest Region.


Also moving up in national rankings was junior thrower Groves as she titled both the discus and hammer throw. The native of Scott City, Mo., unleashed a season-best of 169-04 in the discus to mark her second-best career toss. She sat at 20th among regional qualifiers with a throw of 167-06 from the Nike Elite Meet on April 29th, but moves up the list to 15th with her improved mark of 169-04 at the ESU Relays.


Groves also captured the win for the Wildcats in the hammer throw with a toss of 204-11. All three meet throws for Groves this season sit as her top-three career distances in the hammer. Teammate Laci Heller earned a third-place finish after registering a mark of 186-06.


Additionally in the throws, sophomore Eric Thomas completed a K-State sweep in the discus after he won the men’s lone title of the day. Thomas earned his first regional mark of the season with a winning throw of 170-01. His previous top mark of the year was at the ESU Spring Twilight when he finished second with a mark of 164-04.


Continuing the trend of top finishes in the throwing events was Jenny Glodowski who took the runner-up position in the women’s shot put. The senior had a second-place toss of 43-06.00 to mark a season best by three inches.


Freshman Nancy Harrington took second in the women’s pole vault after clearing 12-00.00. The women captured one running event win, as Megan-Anne Perrin finished first in the 3000M steeplechase with a clocking of 11:36.09.


Kansas State will again split next weekend with a number of Wildcats traveling to each the UTEP Invitational in El Paso, Texas, and the KT Woodman Invitational in Wichita, Kan. For complete coverage of the KSU track and field teams, please visit www.kstatesports.com.