Cats to Make First of Two Trips to Lincoln

This Week For Kansas State
Nebraska Invitational
Saturday, May 5
Ed Weir Stadium Lincoln, Neb.
Live results at www.huskers.com

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will make the first of two straight trips to Lincoln, Neb., this weekend for the Nebraska Invitational. The Wildcats will return to Ed Weir Stadium next weekend, May 11-13, for the 2007 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Last Time Out
The Wildcats snared two event titles and a new NCAA Midwest regional qualifier at the 98th Drake Relays. Winning event titles were Kaylene Wagner (women’s high jump) and Donniece Parrish (women’s 100-meter dash).

Wagner cleared a winning height of 6-02.25 to defeat former Olympian and 2007 Drake Relays Hall of Fame inductee Amy Acuff in a jump-off. The clearance by Wagner is a new season-best and ranks second in school history.

Parrish secured the title by nudging past Lasadies McClain of Louisiana Tech on a photo finish with a time of 11.604 to 11.606.

Adding his name to the regional qualifiers list was senior Joe Moore. The native of Green, Kan., finished fourth in the 5,000-meter run with a clocking of 14:08.25 to secure his first qualifying bid. The clocking is the eighth-fastest in school history.

A small group of throwers competed Sunday at the Nebraska Open at Ed Weir Stadium, with K-State garnering two event titles, TJ Staab in the men’s shot put and Eric Thomas in the men’s discus. 

Sellers Ranked Among IAAF Elite
Sophomore Scott Sellers rose two positions in the April 23 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) world rankings for the high jump. Sellers ranks 47th in the world, up from 49th two weeks ago. The Katy, Texas product climbed up the rankings after registering a personal season-best clearance of 7-03.00 at the UTEP Invitational.

Three High Jumpers in Dandy Dozen
Scott Sellers, Kyle Lancaster and Kaylene Wagner remain in Trackwire.com’s Dandy Dozen for the high jump for the sixth consecutive week on May 1. Sellers remained in second place after recording a career-best height at the Drake Relays. Lancaster continued his stranglehold on the seventh position. Wagner ascended to the top of the women’s high jump rankings with her effort at the Drake Relays.

Despite the 10 points for both the men’s and women’s teams, the Wildcats remain just outside the top-25.

The factors used to build the Dandy Dozen include quantitative values that measure performances in past major competitions (such as conference championships, national championships and Olympic competition), durability and freedom from injuries, demonstrated ability to compete well in multiple rounds of competition, ability in other events, head-to-head competition with other top athletes, and personal or seasonal bests.

Wagner Continues to Wow’em
Senior Kaylene Wagner improved her win total to five in six competitions by outlasting the competition at the Drake Relays. In the special invitation women’s high jump, Wagner defeated former Olympian Amy Acuff in a jump-off to win with a height of 6-02.25. The product of Goleta, Calif., is now second in school history with the effort, trailing Gwen Wentland’s school record of 6-04.50. Wagner’s performance was also the fifth-best female clearance in the world this year. 

Wagner started her K-State career with five straight wins in the indoor high jump after an entire season on the sidelines. She is believed to be the first female in school history to win five consecutive high jump titles in a single season. She finished her lone indoor season as an All-American and cleared a height of 6-01.25 during the KSU Open in Ahearn Field House. The height ranks fourth in school history.

Parrish Punctuates Drake Relays with Title
Junior Donniece Parrish used a little bit of drama and a lean to nudge 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.

The win by Parrish was the first for a female Wildcat in the 100 since May 6, 2006 when Monique Coleman won at the Ward Haylett Invitational. This was also the first 100 win on the road for a female since April 30, 2005 by Candice Mills at the UMKC Invitational.

Parrish was also a member of the women’s 4x400-meter relay team that lowered its NCAA Midwest regional qualifying time from 3:39.12 (March 24) to 3:36.36.

Sellers’ Market
Scott Sellers continued to raise the bar on his season-best in the high jump, clearing a height of 7-05.00 in the men’s special invitation high jump at the Drake Relays. The effort is a new outdoor career-best for the Katy, Texas native and ranks as the fourth-highest in school history. He also secured the fifth-best height in the world this season. 

In just his second outdoor competition of the 2007 season, Sellers cleared 7-03.00 to finish second at the UTEP Invitational. The clearance was the sophomore’s second straight above the NCAA Midwest Regional qualifying height of 6-10.75 and his highest outdoor effort since June 10, 2006 at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif.

Pair of Relays Find Success on Drake’s Blue Track
The Wildcats received two strong efforts from two women’s relay teams during the Drake Relays. The women’s distance medley relay team of freshman Beverly Ramos, senior Shunte Thomas, junior Morgan Bonds and sophomore Liliani Mendez notched a new school-record with a clocking of 11:09.43 for a third-place finish in Des Moines. The previous mark was set at the 2000 Drake Relays by Korene Hinds, Nicole Grose, Amanda Crouse and Amy Mortimer in 11:09.99.

Thomas and Bonds contributed to a second relay team on Friday afternoon at Drake Stadium. The duo joined senior Monique Coleman and junior Donniece Parrish in the 4x400-meter relay to help lower the squad’s NCAA Midwest regional qualifying time to 3:36.36. The mark is the third-fastest in school history and surpassed the unit’s previous season-best of 3:39.12 from the Jim Click Shootout on March 24.

Schlachter Extends Career-Best in Triple Jump
Marianne Schlachter continued to dazzle in the women’s triple jump during the Drake Relays last weekend. Schlachter recorded a second-place finish to go along with a new career-best distance of 42-05.25. This was her fourth straight top-two finish in the discipline this season. The product of Albbruck, Germany now ranks fourth in school history with the effort.

During the Kansas Relays on April 21, Schlachter tallied a wind-aided distance of 42-11.75 to win the triple jump.  This was her second win in the event this season. She has a wind legal season-best and regional qualifying mark of 41-10.50 during the UTEP Invitational on April 14.

Also during the Kansas Relays, she carded a new personal-best point total in the heptathlon with 4,789, which ranks 10th in K-State history. During the competition, Schlachter surpassed the NCAA Midwest regional mark for the first time in the high jump with a career-best clearance of 5-09.25.

Heller and Her Hammer
K-State junior Laci Heller improved on her NCAA Midwest Regional standing in the hammer throw during the Nebraska Open on Sunday. Heller registered a toss of 200-00 improving her season-best from 195-04 during the Jim Click Shootout. The effort by the Meriden, Kan., product was the sixth of her seven tosses beyond 190 feet this season and is the third straight year she has thrown beyond 200 feet in a meet.

Heller has won eight career hammer throw titles, while competing in 28 events. She has surpassed the regional standard in 21 of those efforts. She has a career-best of 202-01 during the 2006 Texas Relays, which ranks second in school history.