Wildcats Close Regular Season at Home

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The Kansas State track and field team closes the regular season this weekend hosting its only meet of the outdoor season. The Ward Haylett Invitational gets under way at R.V. Christian Track at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Wildcats looking to shine heading into the Big 12 Championship.

The Wildcats will field a full team and take on competition from conference rival Nebraska along with a handful of individuals from other schools in the area including Missouri-KC, Fort Hays State and Nebraska-Kearney.

The Haylett Invitational will be the last chance for many Wildcats to improve before the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Lubbock, Texas, next week, with a number of athletes having posted regional qualifying marks already.

Last year’s Haylett Invitational saw women’s thrower Loren Groves set a school record in the hammer throw at 214-05. The previous record was held by Renetta Seiler for 10 years before Groves passed the mark by more than five feet. The throw also set a new facility record. Groves also won the discus with a throw of  173-08.

K-State has seen much success in their home meet as Groves was not the only Wildcat to post strong numbers at last year’s Haylett Invitational. Mike Myer also went for the double-dip sweeping the sprint titles in the 100 and 200 meters.

The Wildcats are coming off one of their strongest meets heading into the Haylett Invitational after posting a season-high 10 regional qualifying marks at the Nebraska Quad last week. K-State will have its sights set on continuing to progress through the season hoping to peak during the postseaon after a strong showing in the home meet Saturday.

Double-Dippin’ in Gold
Loren Groves and Mike Myer came away from the Nebraska Quad with two more titles under their belts apiece. Both Wildcats pulled a double winning each event they entered in the meet and posted regional qualifying marks in both as well.

Groves won the women’s hammer throw and discus. She has won all four hammer throw competitions she has entered this season and claimed first and second in her only two discus performances.

Myer pulled off the double dip for the second time this season winning the 100 and 200 meters. He swept the sprints with season-high times as well in each event breaking 21 seconds for the first time in the 200 since the Big 12 Championship last year.

The duo was not the only group of Wildcats to see success at the Nebraska Quad. K-State tallied a total of 10 regional qualifying marks at the meet for a new season-high.

Scott Sellers won the high jump en route to another regional mark while Jason Collett ran the sixth fastest time in the nation this year in the 800 meters for his win. Combined event specialist Moritz Cleve also ran to a qualifying time in the 110 meter hurdles.

Continuing the success in the throwing events for K-State was Ali Pistora as she won another javelin title with her regional mark. Eric Thomas also posted his first regional mark of the season in the discus, and Cory Boulanger built on his previous successes in the javelin finishing second with his farthest throw of the year.