Wildcats Post 10 Regional Marks

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State track and field teams got a taste of team competition at the Nebraska Quad on Saturday with strong performances by a number of Wildcats. Seven men and three women posted regional qualifying marks for the Wildcats as the event provided a chance to see where the men’s and women’s teams stand in comparison to a conference rival heading into the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship in two weeks.


The women’s team finished third with 123.5 points while the men tallied 126.5 points to finish fourth in a tightly contested meet.


For the women, TiAra Walpool finished second to earn seven points in the 100 meters with her time of 12.14 seconds. She followed that performance with another second-place finish in the 200 meters this time crossing the line in 24.39 seconds.


Freshman Boglarka Bozzay finished third in the 800 meters with her time of 2:11.29 just off her fastest time of the season. Megan-Anne Perrin improved her time in the 3,000 meter steeplechase by nearly 14 seconds and narrowly missed the regional qualifying time to finish third for the Wildcats.


The women’s tandem of Lekesha Pointer-Allen, Walpool, Kim Haberman and Bozzay finished second in the 4X400 relay.


In the women’s field events, Loren Groves again led the way finishing first in the hammer throw and discus. Her throw of 201-11 in the hammer was the only throw in the field to break the 200-foot mark and bested the field by nearly 20 feet. She tallied a regional mark in the discus as well at 161-01.


Ali Pistora tallied another win for the women marking her fourth win in five meets in the javelin. Pistora posted another regional qualifying mark of 157-09 to get the win that was more than 15 feet better than second place.


Mike Myer remained a consistent performer for the men’s squad marking another win in the 100 meters. Myer ran passed the field with a time of 10.45 seconds marking another regional qualifier. It also was his fastest time of the season that was not wind-aided. Myer followed with another win again in the 200. His time of 20.99 seconds was a regional qualifying mark and the first time her broke 21 seconds this season.


Mid-distance runner Jason Collett continued his strong showings of late with another win in the 800 meters. Collett posted a regional qualifying mark with his time of 1:48.32 for a personal best. Newcomer Jack Sachse marked another win for the mid-distance runners claiming the 1,500 meters for K-State.


Combined event specialist Moritz Cleve competed in the 110 meter hurdles for the Wildcats on Saturday and posted a regional time at 14.24 seconds to finish second.


After no-heighting in poor weather conditions last week, high jumper Scott Sellers soared above the field for another win. Sellers cleared 7-02.25 to get the win and post a regional mark again.


The Wildcats got their first regional mark of the season in the men’s discus at the meet with Eric Thomas finishing second at 172-02. Continuing the day’s success in the men’s throwing events, Cory Boulanger posted another regional mark of 207-03 in the javelin to finish second.


K-State will take to the track one more time before heading to the Big 12 Championship in Lubbock, Texas, in two weeks. The Wildcats will host their only home meet of the year with the Ward Haylett Invitational at R.V. Christian Track on Saturday. Admission to the meet is free and the first 100 fans will receive a free T-shirt.