Field Battles Adverse Conditions at Drake

DES MOINES, Iowa A cold, blustery day at the Drake Relays found two top-three finishes for the Kansas State track and field team, while Mike Myer advanced to Saturday’s 100M final. With sub-60-degree weather, the usually bustling event had far fewer spectators at Drake Stadium for the 99th running of the event in Des Moines, Iowa.


With the fifth best time in school history, the women’s distance medley relay opened the meet for KSU and ran a time of 11:36.19 to take third in the finals on Friday afternoon. The quartet of Liliani Mendez, Donniece Parrish, Morgan Bonds and Beverly Ramos pushed the team to the bronze while Baylor took first in a run of 11:26.15. The Wildcats sat in second with two laps remaining before UC Riverside’s Brenda Martinez overtook Ramos and captured second for her squad with a run of 11:32.29. K-State’s top 10 honor roll for the event now lists the top five times from the Drake Relays, ranging in years from 2000 to present.


Freshman Alexandra Gonzalez tied a personal best in the pole vault with a regional mark of 12-07.50. The Puerto Rico native took second as the field battled the cold and a strong headwind. All top eight finishers cleared the regional minimum of 12-07.50, but a judge’s decision gave Minnesota State Mankato’s Katelin Rains the win and tied Gonzalez with Andrea Smith of Minnesota. Gonzalez matched her height from the season opener Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 22nd in Tempe, Ariz.


One week removed from his Kansas Relays victory, junior Mike Myer qualified for the 100M finals with the second-fastest preliminary time. Myer dashed to a mark of 10.43, matching his time from the Kansas Relays finals. The regional mark was the fastest time of the second heat and was second only to field leader Clint Allen of Eastern Michigan. The final, which also contains two Nebraska sophomores, is set for an approximate start of 2:59 p.m. on Saturday.


During the women’s 100M prelims, senior Marnyka Honeycutt finished 18th in the field with a wind-aided run of 12.08. She missed the finals as Kansas’ Nickesha Anderson led the pack with a time of 11.48.


The women’s 4x400M relay closed the day for the Wildcats and placed 13th out of 34 teams with a time of 3:46.85. The relay missed placing in the top eight to advance to the finals by a little more than three seconds. Parrish opened the race for the Cats as the first leg and ran a 56.4 split. Lauren Fisher and Honeycutt comprised the middle of the relay with a 56.8 and 56.9 split, respectively. Bonds closed the competition for the Cats with a 56.4 split to finish third in the fifth and final heat.


The Wildcats will continue action at the Drake Relays from Drake Stadium with the final day on Saturday. K-State will start at 10 a.m. with the men’s high jump and entries of Lamar Garrett and Michael Healey. The women’s 4x1600M relay will be the Wildcats’ first participants on the track at 11:17 a.m.