Wildcats Win Seven Events at Pepsi Invite

EUGENE, Ore. Kansas State represented the Big 12 Conference against three schools from the Pacific 10 Conference during the Pepsi Invitational on Saturday at historic Hayward Field. The Wildcats garnered seven event titles and five new NCAA Midwest regional qualifying marks.

 

The K-State women finished second with 165 points to host Oregon, who tallied 183.5. The Wildcat men finished third with 133 points, while the Ducks captured the crown with 211 points.

 

Beverly Ramos broke the school record in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in a winning time of 10:41.48. The freshman from Trujillo, Puerto Rico qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional with the clocking and registered her second career event title. Her previous career-best was 10:59.31 at the Jim Click Shootout.

 

Marianne Schlachter and Thomaida Polydorou paired up to dominate the top two spots in the women’s triple jump. Schlachter registered a winning distance and regional qualifying mark of 43-05.00 in her first outdoor triple jump of the season. The junior from Albbruck, Germany recorded the fourth-longest effort in school history, surpassing her previous career-best of 42-00.50.

 

Polydorou also carded an regional effort of 41-01.00 in her runner-up performance. The Limassol, Cyprus junior had a previous season-best of 39-06.00 during the Jim Click Shootout. She also added a victory in the women’s long jump to her afternoon resume with a new personal-best distance of 18-01.50.

 

Lindsay Grigoriev won the women’s discus with a toss of 155-06. The junior from Laurel, Md., has a personal season-best of 156-05 from the Jim Click Shootout, which is beyond the NCAA Midwest regional standard. This is the first discus title for Grigoriev since the 2005 Texas Relays.

 

The Wildcats captured the top-three positions in the men’s high jump, as senior Kyle Lancaster improved his season-best to 7-01.00 while capturing his second title of the season. This was the 13th high jump win of his career.

 

Sophomore Scott Sellers registered a regional qualifying effort of 6-10.75 in his first outdoor high jump effort. The Katy, Texas native won the men’s triple jump with a career-best distance of 48-07.50.

 

Kaylene Wagner improved her NCAA Midwest regional status with a winning height of 6-01.25 in the women’s high jump. This is the third straight high jump win for the senior from Goleta, Calif.

 

Morgan Bonds added her name to the regional qualifier ledger with a clocking of 2:07.51 in the women’s 800-meter run. The junior from Hutchinson, Kan., has a career-best of 2:06.45 in the event, which ranks third in school history.

 

Kansas State will divide and conquer next weekend as a group of athletes will travel to the Oklahoma Invitational on April 13-14 and the other half of the squad will travel to the UTEP Invitational on April 14.