Wildcats Post Five Victories at Nebraska Open

LINCOLN, Neb. The Kansas State track and field team closed an extensive weekend of action at the Nebraska Open in Lincoln, Neb., on Sunday with five individual wins. Senior Marnyka Honeycutt surfaced as the top Wildcat after capturing two running titles.


After competing in the 100M preliminaries at the Drake Relays on Friday, Honeycutt moved on to take the title at the Nebraska Open on Sunday with a wind-aided time of 11.93. The victory was only Honeycutt’s second in the distance. Later in the day, the product of Denver, Colo., doubled with the 200M crown. Honeycutt won the race after posting a mark of 24.16, her second best non-wind-aided mark. She raced to a career-best time of 24.02 earlier this season at the UTEP Invitational in her only other 200M competition of the year. The win marks her first victory in the 200M.


Freshman Tiara Walpool earned her first career win as she finished first in the women’s triple jump. With her second regional mark, Walpool skipped to a distance of 40-05.00. She has a personal best of 41-09.25 from the UTEP Invitational. The Richardson, Texas, native also recorded her first run in the 100M as she placed second with a time of 12.35.


Also competing at dual meets during the course of the weekend, Alexandra Gonzalez took her first win as a Wildcat after winning the women’s pole vault. Gonzalez, who took second at the Drake Relays on Friday, finished out with a clearance of 12-01.50 from the Ed Weir Outdoor Track on Sunday.


Sophomore Danny Schneider pulled in the Wildcats’ fifth victory as he took the 1500M win. Schneider, from Lawrence, Kan., earned his first career win with a time of 3:57.69.


Four Wildcats battled the field and finished in runner-up position, including freshman Annika Schoenebeck in the javelin. Schoenebeck earned her third mark in the event with a PR of 130-05 to take second. She held a previous career mark of 125-01 from the Kansas Relays last week during the heptathlon competition. Also in field events, senior Bryce Bergman took second in the men’s pole vault with a season-best tying mark of 16-00.75.


Morgan Bonds placed second in the women’s 800M with her second-best run this season. Bonds, who regionally qualified for the event at last week’s Mt. SAC Relays, finished with a run of 2:10.39. Emily Dittemore, who competed in the 4x1600M relay at Drake, crossed the line in second in the women’s 1500M on Sunday. Dittemore crossed the line in 4:39.03, her second best career time.


The Wildcats will host their lone outdoor meet on Saturday, as K-State will hold the Ward Haylett Invitational from the R.V. Christian Track. For complete coverage of K-State track and field, please visit www.kstatesports.com.