Wildcats Shine on Road

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State track and field team completed a busy weekend across the country on Saturday competing in three different meets. The Wildcats came away with a total of four event titles and five regional qualifying marks on Saturday.


At the Sun Angel Track Classic four Wildcats posted strong numbers in their events to tally three regional marks. Boglarka Bozzay finished third in the 800 meters with a new personal best time of 2:10.80. She cut her time by nearly five seconds. For the men, Jack Sachse ran the 800 and posted his first regional mark of the season with his time of 1:50.19 to finish second.


Liliani Mendez ran in the 1,500 meter premiere that pitted some of the top runners in the event against each other. Mendez finished 12th while posting a regional qualifying time of 4:24.80. Jason Collett ran in the men’s 800 meter premiere and also finished in a regional qualifying time of 1:49.55 to finish eighth.


K-State sent another small group of student-athletes to El Paso, Texas, to compete in the UTEP Invitational coming away with two titles and a regional mark along with a number of finishes in the top three.


TiAra Walpool finished second in the long jump with her leap of 40-11.50. Kim Haberman finished right behind her in third at 39-02.50.


In other field events, Scott Sellers won the high jump leaping 7-02.50 for the second straight week for another regional mark. Rok Derzanic finished third in the men’s shot put at 39-03.25. He also came in second in discus at 129-02 with Moritz Cleve behind him in third at 125-10. Both discus throws were personal bests for Derzanic and Cleve.


In sprints, Mike Myer ran to his fastest time in the 100 meters at 10.24 seconds but it was wind-aided, finishing fourth for the Wildcats. Myer also finished second in the 200 meters in a wind-aided 21.05 seconds. Derzanic bested the field in the 110 meter hurdles with his time of 15.26 seconds.


The tandem of Derzanic, Cleve, Sellers and Myer ran to a second-place finish in the 4X400 relay finishing in 3:28.19.


The Wildcats also completed action during Day Two of the K.T. Woodman Classic hosted by Wichita State. K-State added to its impressive list of results from Friday’s competition with two titles and a regional mark.


In the field events on Saturday at the Woodman Classic, K-State fared well beginning with thrower Loren Groves. She won the hammer throw with a regional mark of 200-11 tallying her third win of the outdoor season in as many meets. Amanda Boor finished fifth with a new personal best throw at 162-11. For the men in the hammer throw, Nate Brummett finished second with his throw of 175-03. Eric Thomas finished second in the men’s discus with his hurl of 165 feet.


Nancy Harrington finished third in the women’s pole vault for the Wildcats at 11-11.75 posting her highest mark of the season.


On the track for K-State, Lekesha Pointer-Allen finished second in the 400 meters with her time of 56.52 seconds for a new personal best. Pointer-Allen also finished fourth in the 200 meters in 26.17 seconds with Kristel Williams behind her in fifth.


Jacob Davies won the men’s 800 meters in 1:53.71 cutting more than 10 seconds off his personal best time.


The Wildcats will be back in action this week as they split the squad to compete in the Kansas Relays, LSU Combined Event and Mt. SAC Relays.