Wildcats Complete Divided Weekend

EL PASO, Texas Four Wildcats registered new personal season-bests at the UTEP Invitational, while Kansas State also concluded competition at the John Jacobs Invitational in Norman, Okla. This is the only time this season that K-State will compete at two meets in the same weekend.


Shunte Thomas registered her fastest time of the season in the 400-meter dash with a second-place finish of 52.98. The senior from Coral Springs, Fla., improved her standing within the NCAA Midwest regional qualifier standings with the effort; her previous season-best of 54.03 came at last weekend’s Pepsi Invitational in Eugene, Ore. This was the fastest clocking by Thomas since May 14, 2006 at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Waco, Texas, when she registered a 52.83.


Scott Sellers cleared a height of 7-03.00 to finish second in the high jump. The sophomore of Katy, Texas was competing in just his second outdoor high jump of the 2007 season and improved his regional qualifying mark with the effort. His previous season-best was 6-10.75 during last weekend’s Pepsi Invitational.


Lindsay Grigoriev notched a new personal season-best in the women’s discus with a toss of 157-08 to finish third. The junior from Laurel, Md., had a previous regional qualifying season-best of 156-05 during the Jim Click Shootout on March 24.


Junior Marianne Schlachter finished second in the women’s triple jump with a regional qualifying distance of 41-10.50. Finishing just behind Schlachter was junior Thomaida Polydorou with a new personal season-best and a regional qualifying mark of 41-02.50. The Limassol, Cyprus product secured a regional mark at last weekend’s Pepsi Invitational with a distance of 41-01.00.


Highlighting efforts from the John Jacobs Invitational were juniors Morgan Bonds and Laci Heller. Bonds, a product of Hutchinson, Kan., won the women’s 800-meter run in a time of 2:10.32. During Friday night’s rain-soaked distance carnival, Bonds finished third in the 800 with a clocking of 2:12.15.


Heller finished third in the women’s hammer throw with a distance of 193-10. This was her third performance beyond 190 feet this season and her first since recording her season-best of 195-04 during the Jim Click Shootout.


Next on the Kansas State schedule is the 80th Kansas Relays, April 18-21, in Lawrence.