Wagner Soars During Friday's Kansas Relays

LAWRENCE, Kan. Kansas State locked up two event titles on Friday at the 80th Kansas Relays. The Wildcats also qualified a number of athletes for Saturday’s finals on the Memorial Stadium track.


Kaylene Wagner soared to a new season-high in the women’s high jump with a winning clearance of 6-01.50. The senior from Goleta, Kan., was just three-quarters of an inch from tying the Relays record of 6-02.25 by Julianne Broughton of Arizona in 1990.


Wagner’s height from Friday afternoon remains as the third-best clearance in the nation this season. Her effort also ties her for third in school history with three other athletes including the last Wildcat to clear the height, Morgan High during the 2004 Baldy Castillo. Wagner has now won four of five high jump competitions during the outdoor campaign.


A day after finishing third in the heptathlon with a career-best point total, Marianne Schlachter skipped to a winning distance of 42-11.75. The distance was a wind-aided mark and will not count towards the regional qualifying standards and the Big 12 performance list. The junior from Albbruck, Germany and the defending Big 12 champion in the event secured a regional qualifying mark of 41-10.50 during last weekend’s UTEP Invitational. Schlachter has finished either first or second in her three triple jump efforts this season.


Mike Myer continued to lower his season-best time in the 100-meter dash, qualifying for Saturday’s final with a time of 10.40. The sophomore from Lenexa, Kan., continues to rank second in school history in the event after clocking his first sub-10.50 during the Jim Click Shootout on March 24 with a time of 10.48. Myer will compete in the final at 3 p.m.


Honeycutt also zipped to a new personal-best with a time of 11.90 in the 100-meter dash. The clocking ranks tied for sixth in school history with Parrish at the 2006 UTEP Invitational and Joy Jones from the 1987 Big Eight Championships. The junior from Denver, Colo., finished seventh in the preliminaries and advances to Saturday’s 2:45 p.m. final.


The women’s 4x100-meter relay squad of Monique Coleman, Shunte Thomas, Marnyka Honeycutt and Donniece Parrish registered the fastest qualifying time with clocking of 45.24. This same team of athletes registered the team season-best and an NCAA Midwest regional qualifying mark of 45.04 during the Jim Click Shootout. The squad will attempt to win the event crown and lower their season-best in the finals at 3:40 p.m.


Coleman, Thomas and Parrish were joined later in the night by junior Morgan Bonds in the women’s 4x400-meter relay. The squad finished first in their heat and second overall with a time of 3:42.81 to advance to the 6:15 finals tomorrow. This same relay registered an NCAA regional qualifying time of 3:39.12 during the Jim Click Shootout, which is the fourth-fastest time in school history.


Kansas State will conclude competition at the 80th Kansas Relays on Saturday, beginning at 9:15 a.m. with the men’s 110-meter hurdle preliminaries.