Wagner, Parrish Win Titles at Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa Kansas State closed out competition at the 98th Drake Relays with two event titles, including an incredible performance by Kaylene Wagner in the women’s special invitation high jump. The Wildcats also saw a new career-best in the men’s special invitation high jump.


Wagner won the event crown with a personal season-best clearance of 6-02.25. Wagner cleared the first three heights on her first attempt. When the height of 6-00.75 was presented, Wagner picked up her clearance on her final attempt.


The bar was then pushed to her final height of 6-02.25 and again she cleared the bar on her final attempt. The only two jumpers remaining with Wagner were 2007 Drake Relays Hall of Fame inductee and Olympian Amy Acuff and 2007 Big 12 Indoor champion Destinee Hooker of Texas. Acuff also cleared the bar on her final attempt, while Hooker was unable to clear the height. Wagner took the title due to Acuff’s misses on lower heights.


The final height by the senior from Goleta, Calif., is the second-best height in school history and set the Drake Stadium record previously held by Amy Acuff in 2001 at 6-02.00. Wagner also tied for the best effort in the Big 12 season and the second-best clearance in the country this year with Hooker. Wagner has won five of six high jump competitions in the outdoor season.


Not to be outdone in the drama department, junior Donniece Parrish nudged past Lasadies McClain of Louisiana Tech to capture the women’s 100-meter dash title. Both Parrish and McClain clocked a wind-aided time of 11.61, but after the photo was analyzed it was determined Parrish was the victor, 11.604 to 11.606.


Junior Marianne Schlachter continued her strong performance in the triple jump with a second-place finish of 42-05.25. The distance by the native of Albbruck, Germany is a new career-best and ranks fourth in school history. Entering the weekend, Schlachter ranked third in the Big 12 and ninth in the nation with her previous wind legal best of 41-10.50.


In the men’s special invitational high jump, sophomore Scott Sellers finished fourth with a new career-best height of 7-05.00. With the effort the product of Katy, Texas, now leads the Big 12 in the event and registered the third-best effort in the nation this season. The clearance is the fourth-highest in school history. Sellers’ previous career-best was 7-04.50 at the 2006 Texas Relays.

State will make its first of two straight trips to Lincoln, Neb., as the Wildcats will take part in the Nebraska Invitational before the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in two weeks on May 11-13.