Wildcats Complete Friday Action at Elite Meets

LAWRENCE, Kan. With Kansas State entries in two of the biggest outdoor meets this weekend, the Wildcats finished with seven individuals in the top five at the Kansas Relays and qualified two for Saturday finals. Additionally, K-State distance runners completed two events at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.


In Lawrence, Kan., at the prestigious Kansas Relays, K-State opened with a first-time regional qualification from freshman Annika Schoenebeck on Thursday in the heptathlon. The Wildcat newcomer placed fourth in the field with a personal-best mark of 5,065 points, which stands as the fourth-best tally in school history. The total passes Gwen Wentland who notched 5,063 in 1995.


Schoenebeck began the meet with a gusty run of 14.82 in the 100M hurdles backed up a 3.8 meters per second wind. She then earned field event marks of 5-02.50 in the high jump and a throw of 35-05.00 in the shot put. Schoenebeck ran a time of 25.95 in the 200M to close Thursday in sixth place with 2,973 points.


On day two of the heptathlon competition, Schoenebeck opened with a wind-aided jump of 17-08.00 in the long jump. In the final two events, the freshman registered two personal best marks with a throw of 125-01 in the javelin and a time of 2:22.04 in the 800M.


After two full days of events, K-State has garnered one crown at the Relays as junior Loren Groves threw to her first Kansas Relays gold on Thursday. Groves took first in the women’s weight throw with a regional mark of 201-06. Senior Laci Heller, a two-time titlist at the meet, placed sixth with a regional throw of 180-09.


A duo of Wildcat freshman earned fifth-place finishes in field events Friday, including Tiara Walpool in only her second triple jump contest. Walpool, who regionally qualified in the event last week, recorded a skip of 37-10.00. Also already qualified, Ali Pistora placed fifth in the women’s javelin with a toss of 141-09.


In running events Thursday, K-State placed two in the top five of the men’s open 800M with Jason Collett taking the runner-up position. Collett finished with his second best time in the event after clocking a 1:52.55. Sophomore Sam James maintained the pace to take fifth in a run of 1:53.77. For the women, Emily Dittemore crossed the line in 4:43.18 in the 1500M to place fifth.


Junior Mike Myer advanced to Saturday’s 100M final after running the fastest preliminary time of 10.42. The time is a season best for Myer who previously had a top time of 10.48 from the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.


Also qualifying for a race Saturday, the Wildcat men’s 4x400M team raced to the top time in the fifth heat to advance. The quartet of Desmond McGuire, James, Moritz Cleve and Myer finished with a season-best run of 3:18.65 Friday night.


At the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., only two Wildcats competed on Friday and Beverly Ramos finished with a season-best mark in the women’s 3000M steeplechase. The current school record holder recorded a time of 10:28.70 to take seventh. Liliani Mendez completed the women’s 1500M in a time of 4:31.92 to finish 14th.


Action from both meets will continue through the weekend as the Wildcats will wrap up action from the Kansas Relays on Saturday. K-State individuals will again take to the track at the Mt. SAC Relays on Sunday. For live results of the Kansas Relays, visit www.deltatiming.com or visit www.kstatesports.com for a full recap.