Cats Conclude Action at Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa In more favorable weather, the Kansas State Wildcats finished competition at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, with junior Mike Myer leading the way with a third-place finish. The junior, one week removed from a Kansas Relays victory, registered a mark of 10.47 on the blue track during the 100M finals.


The Lenexa, Kan., native earned his third top-three finish of the season with his sixth regional qualification. Myer qualified for the Saturday final on Friday with the second-best preliminary mark, a 10.43. Ibrahim Kabia of Minnesota and Eastern Michigan’s Clint Allen, who notched the top prelim time, placed first and second, respectively, each with a mark of 10.44.


Junior Scott Sellers cleared the bar at 7-02.50 in the special invitation men’s high jump, as one of five to tie at the height. He finished fifth in the competition with his fourth regional mark of the year. Nebraska’s Dusty Jonas triumphed over the field of 14 after passing over the bar at 7-06.50.


In the women’s long jump, senior Candice Mills finished as the leading Wildcat after placing 12th. She ended with a wind-aided jump of 19-04.00. Freshman Nina Kokot had a mark of 18-07.25 to place 20th. Mississippi junior Brittney Reese took the title with a wind-aided leap of 21-06.75.


During the morning session, K-State Lamar Garrett and Michael Healey earned legal marks in the men’s high jump. Garrett was one of nine competitors to finish out at the 6-08.75 bar and finished in an 11th-place tie by a judge’s decision. Four individuals cleared a higher bar as Ehi Oamen of UNI took the win with a 7-00.25 mark. Wildcat freshman Michael Healey finished in a three-way tie for 14th out of 24 competitors, as he cleared 6-06.75.


A pair of Wildcats finished the men’s 800M, as Sam James led the duo with a sixth-place finish. The sophomore raced to a time of 1:51.81, which marks his second best run this season and third best career. Junior Jason Collett recorded a run of 1:52.63 to take 10th. UTEP finished one-two in the event with junior Dominic Tanui leading the way with a top-time of 1:49.38.


For the women, Liliani Mendez and Beverly Ramos each earned marks in the 1500M after both were members of the third-place distance medley relay from Friday. Mendez took 11th in the race with a time of 4:32.76, while Ramos finished in 4:34.24 to finish 12th. Kelly Young of UTEP took the title with a run of 4:23.52.


On the track in the morning, K-State competed in the women’s 4x1600M relay for the first time this season. The team, comprised of Alyssa Bellinder, Emily Dittemore, Megan-Anne Perrin and Sydney Messick, posted a time of 20:30.40 to finish ninth. The Wildcats battled a tough group of competitors as both Baylor (19:05.80) and Minnesota (19:06.11) broke the previous Drake Relays record of 19:07.75.


K-State will continue competition this weekend as a number of Wildcats will make the trip to Lincoln, Neb., on Sunday for the Nebraska Open. Live results can be found on, while a complete recap will be posted at