Cats Improve Regional Standings at Texas Relays

AUSTIN, Texas On the final day of the decorated Texas Relays, Kansas State recorded five season-best marks that led to top-10 finishes against some of the nation’s elite competitors. The four-day event wrapped up from the Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, on Saturday and was witness to four regional improvements for Wildcat qualifiers.


Junior Scott Sellers was the Wildcats’ top finisher on the day as he finished second in Section A of the men’s high jump. The native of Katy, Texas, cleared the Olympic A-standard of 7-06.50 (2.30m) to improve to second in the nation among collegiates and third in the world. The defending national champion finished as the runner-up to Nike’s Andra Manson, formerly of host Texas, who cleared the bar at 7-07.75.


The two have had frequent face-offs in the past, including the Big 12 Outdoor Championships where Sellers earned his first conference title. The then-sophomore Wildcat defeated Manson when the two had reverse results as Sellers won the crown with a height of 7-07.75, the current school record, and Manson finished as the runner-up at 7-06.50.


The height of 7-06.50 marks the third-best clearance for Sellers in his three-year tenure in the Purple and White. It also becomes his season best as he finished with a regional-qualifying mark of 7-02.50 at the Nike Elite Meet in Sacramento, Calif., on April 29th.


The Wildcat women finished with two relays in the top five, including a fourth-place finish by the 4x400M squad. The team composed of Donniece Parrish, Marnyka Honeycutt, Lauren Fisher and Morgan Bonds had a season-best time of 3:39.06. The regional mark bettered the previous top mark this season of 3:40.38 from Friday’s preliminary heat. The mark currently sits as the seventh best in the country and falls as the fifth best in K-State outdoor history. USC cruised to the four-second win over UAB with a time of 3:34.39, the country’s second-best run.


Although the women’s 4x100M relay missed qualifying for the finals, the Wildcat sprinters took to the track for the finals of the 4x200M, where K-State placed fifth. Honeycutt, Parrish, Candice Mills and Tiara Walpool raced to a time of 1:35.84. Texas A&M (1:33.46) and LSU (1:33.58) had the one-two finish; the two teams have recorded all top-five times in the women’s 4x100M relay this season.


In men’s running finals, junior Mike Myers took eighth in the 100M after crossing the finish line in 10.48. The time marks a season best for the junior from Lenexa, Kan., as he previously recorded a regional mark of 10.49 at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., on April 22nd. Myer advanced to the Saturday final after running a time of 10.41 during Friday’s prelim, but the time was not eligible for a regional mark due to the 4.9 meters per second wind.


The Wildcat men added their third regional qualifier in the men’s high jump on Saturday as freshman Michael Healey soared to a personal best of 6-10.75 in the Section B finals. He registered his first career regional mark with the jump after he previously missed the mark with two clearances of 6-06.75 this season. Healey finished sixth in the event, while senior Lamar Garrett jumped to an 11th-place finish with a mark of 6-08.75. Healey earned a regional qualification at the Nike Elite Meet on April 29th with a leap of 6-10.75.