Cats Produce Five Regional Marks in UTEP

EL PASO, Texas With 13 Wildcats making the trip to the UTEP Invitational in El Paso, Texas, Kansas State garnered five new NCAA regional marks including four on the women’s side. Along with qualifications for the NCAA Midwest Regionals, the Wildcat individuals tallied 11 personal bests on their way to six top-three finishes and three titles.


In sprints, K-State earned tickets to Lincoln, Neb., for the Regionals for seniors Donniece Parrish and Marnyka Honeycutt in the 100M. Each ran a career best to capture their first regional mark of the year and second ever of their careers. Parrish took third in the race with a time of 11.70 to claim the sixth-best mark in school history, while Honeycutt improves to the seventh-best school time after clocking an 11.75 to take fourth. Lauren Fisher finished ninth with a personal-best time of 12.20, while LeKeisha Herring had her first run in the event with a 12.51 mark to place 11th.


The sprinters also recorded times in the 200M with Parrish adding a second PR to take the event title. The senior crossed the line in 23.50 to improve her PR from the Nike Elite earlier this year when she finished in 23.66. The run sits as the third-best time in K-State outdoor history and takes Parrish from 11th to sixth in the national standings. Honeycutt matched the effort of Parrish with a career run in the event, as she placed seventh with a time of 24.02. She improves to seventh on the KSU 200M Honor Roll and bettered her time of 24.24 from the 2007 Big 12 Championships. Fisher ran a PR of 24.56 on Saturday to finish 13th.


On the men’s side, junior Mike Myer notched two NCAA regional times in the sprints with his first this season in the 200M. The Lenexa, Kan., native finished fourth in the 200M with a run of 21.09, while junior Adam Fretwell had a PR of 22.94 to place 16th. In the 100M, Myer had a clocking of 10.50 to finish seventh.


For field events, the women pulled in two new qualifications from freshmen Nina Kokot and Tiara Walpool. Kokot had a career best of 20-03.50 in the long jump to take fifth. The jump marks her first regional mark as a Wildcat and places Kokot sixth on the all-time KSU record list in the event. Walpool had similar success in the triple jump with a PR of 41-09.25 to finish fourth. The leap was the first of the season for Walpool and quickly puts the young Wildcat into the Midwest Regionals as well as tying her for seventh in KSU history.


The men had solid marks in the jumps as well with Scott Sellers taking the high jump crown with his third regional jump of the season. Sellers took first with a height of 7-04.50, while freshman Michael Healey tied his PR of 6-10.75, the regional minimum, to finish sixth.


Lindsay Grigoriev recorded two top-two finishes in the women’s throws, including nabbing the discus title. The senior threw a field best of 158-10 to win the event. Grigoriev also finished as the runner-up in the shot put with a season-best toss of 45-04.50.


The Wildcat weekend of track and field will conclude on Sunday with the make-up date of the K.T. Woodman Collegiate Meet in Wichita, Kan. The event was postponed from Saturday due to excessive winds in the area. A complete recap will be made available at as soon as results become available.