K-State Opens Competition at 80th Kansas Relays

LAWRENCE, Kan. Marianne Schlachter paced Kansas State’s effort on the second day of the 80th Kansas Relays with a career-best effort in the women’s heptathlon. The Wildcats also received a trio of top-five efforts from Laci Heller, Kory Cool and Lindsay Pierson on Thursday at Memorial Stadium.  


Schlachter finished third in the women’s heptathlon with a career-high point total of 4,789 points. Her two-day tally is the 10th highest point total in school history, surpassing Beets Kolarik’s effort from the 1981 K-State Invitational of 4,735 points. Schlachter’s previous career-best point total occurred at the 2005 Jim Click Combined Events with a score of 4,639 points. Her 2007 season-high came at this year’s Jim Click, when she tallied 4,600 points.


The junior from Albbruck, Germany registered a new personal-best and an NCAA Midwest regional qualifying height of 5-09.25 in the high jump on the first day and finished the opening day of competition in sixth-place with a score of 2,795.


Heller, a two-time collegiate Kansas Relays hammer throw champion, finished fourth with a toss of 190-11. This was the 19th time in 27 career competitions that Heller has surpassed the NCAA regional qualifying distance.


The junior from Meriden, Kan., held the hammer record at the Kansas Relays entering competition on Thursday evening with a toss of 194-04 from the 2006 edition. The record fell, however, to Kansas’ Zlata Tarasova after she reached a distance of 203-02 to win the event.

Cool lowered his personal-best in the men's 10,000-meter run with a fourth-place clocking of 31:35.12. The sophomore from Manhattan, Kan., had run the event on one other occasion, during the ESU Spring Twilight on March 15, finishing with a time of 32:29.74. 


Pierson carded a fifth-place finish in the women’s unseeded 1,500-meter relay with her second-best clocking of the season, 4:40.59. The product of Lee’s Summit, Mo., registered her career-best of 4:35.51 at the Pepsi Invitational.


Kansas State will continue competition at the 80th Kansas Relays on Friday during a full-slate of events.