Cats Divide and Conquer This Weekend

This Week For Kansas State
John Jacobs Invitational
Friday-Saturday, April 13-14
John Jacobs Track - University of Oklahoma Norman, Okla.

UTEP Invitational
Saturday, April 14
Kidd Field - University of Texas-El Paso El Paso, Texas

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will send a delegation of athletes to a pair of meets this weekend, as the Wildcats will compete at the John Jacobs Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Norman, Okla., and the UTEP Invitational on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. This is the first and only time K-State will send teams to different locales in the same weekend.

Last Time Out
Kansas State represented the Big 12 Conference against three schools from the Pacific 10 Conference during the Pepsi Invitational at historic Hayward Field. The Wildcats garnered seven event titles and three 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.

Winning event titles for the Wildcats were: freshman Beverly Ramos (3,000-meter steeplechase), junior Thomaida Polydorou (long jump), junior Marianne Schlachter (triple jump), senior Kaylene Wagner (high jump), junior Lindsay Grigoriev (discus), senior Kyle Lancaster (high jump) and sophomore Scott Sellers (triple jump)

Lancaster’s Last Trip to El Paso
Kansas State will make a trip to Kidd Field for the third straight year, this year competing in the UTEP Invitational. In 2005, Kyle Lancaster made his first visit to El Paso a memorable one by breaking the school record in the high jump with a clearance of 7-07.00. The effort earned the Fort Scott, Kan., native the Big 12 Conference athlete of the week honor and the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week citation.

Sellers Ranked Among IAAF Elite
Sophomore Scott Sellers fell nine positions in the April 9 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) world rankings for the high jump. Sellers ranks 49th in the world, despite registering an NCAA Midwest regional qualifying height in his first outdoor effort of 2007 at the Pepsi Invitational.

Three High Jumpers in Dandy Dozen
Scott Sellers, Kyle Lancaster and Kaylene Wagner remain in Trackwire.com’s Dandy Dozen for the second straight week. Sellers remains in third, while Lancaster is still in eighth, despite improving by one inch last weekend at the Pepsi Invitational. Wagner climbed two spots to fourth after debuting last week in sixth.

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.

Ramos Wins Second Outdoor Race; Breaks School Record
Freshman Beverly Ramos did not take long to win her second 3,000-meter steeplechase title, capturing the crown during the Pepsi Invitational. The Trujillo, Puerto Rico product won with a school record breaking time of 10:41.48. The previous school record was 10:49.65 by Amanda Crouse-Behnke during the 2001 Big 12 Championships.

Ramos won her first event crown in a K-State uniform during the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., with a time of 10:59.31.

Wagner Continues to Wow’em
Senior Kaylene Wagner has started her only outdoor season with K-State exactly like she opened her indoor season, with an extended winning streak. The product of Goleta, Calif., has won three straight high jump crowns capped by a season-best height of 6-01.25. The effort during the Pepsi Invitational was the third-best clearance in the world to date and ranks sixth in school history on the outdoor top-10 list.

Wagner started her K-State career with five straight wins in the high jump after an entire season on the sidelines. She is believed to be the first female in school history to win five consecutive high jump titles in a single season. She finished her lone indoor season as an All-American and cleared a height of 6-01.25 during the KSU Open in Ahearn Field House. The height ranks fourth in school history.

Strong Bonds
Junior Morgan Bonds qualified for her second career NCAA Midwest regional meet during the Pepsi Invitational. Bonds recorded the mark in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:07.51. The product of Hutchinson, Kan., has finished below the regional qualifying mark six times in her career and has a career best of 2:06.45 during the 2006 Ward Haylett Invitational. This clocking ranks third in school history.

Glodowski Garners Regional Mark
Junior Jenny Glodowski registered a new career-best and her first career NCAA regional qualifying mark with a winning toss of 46-11.00 in the shot put at the State Farm/ESU Relays on Monday afternoon. Ironically, the native of Schuyler, Neb., tallied her previous career-best of 45-03.00 during the 2006 ESU Spring Twilight.

Seiler Secures Regional Mark
Kyle Seiler secured an NCAA Midwest Regional bid in the javelin on Monday afternoon at the State Farm/ESU Relays. Seiler registered a personal season-best throw of 208-09 for his second career bid into the regional.

A season ago, the Ellsworth, Kan., native registered a career-best mark of 216-09 during the NCAA Midwest Regional for a fourth-place finish.

Staab Improves Regional Mark in Shot
A delayed State Farm/ESU Relays benefited TJ Staab, as the senior recorded a new personal season-best in the shot put. The Plainville, Kan., native registered a winning distance of 57-05.00 for his second win in Emporia this season. His first came 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.