K-State Throws Way to Strong Finish

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State track and field team closed its regular season schedule with a home meet on Saturday with much success. The Wildcats posted nine regional qualifying marks at the Ward Haylett Invitational, and saw the throwers power their way to a handful of those marks and personal bests.


K-State was led by the throwers all day starting with women’s hammer in the morning and closing with women’s discus in the afternoon.


Senior Loren Groves posted regional marks in both events for the Wildcats winning the hammer throw and breaking the 200-foot mark again at 200-04. She finished fourth in the discus with a regional qualifying throw of 155-06.


Groves was not the only Wildcat to see success in the hammer and discus. Eric Thomas threw to a third-place finish in the men’s discus at 179-08 for a regional mark. The throw was a new personal best for Thomas and one inch short of passing her previous mark by two feet.


Nate Brummet also posted a new personal best throw in the men’s hammer throw on his way to winning that event. Brummet’s throw of 188-08 soared passed his previous best throw by 6-feet 8-inches and moved him into fifth all-time at K-State.


Personal best throws was a theme of the day for the Wildcats with Cory Boulanger leading the way. Boulanger won the men’s javelin with a new personal best throw of 218-02. The new personal best shattered his previous mark set last week at the Nebraska Quad. Boulanger improved his personal best by 10-feet 11-inches.


Ali Pistora rounded out the success of the throwers finishing second in the women’s javelin at 156-07 for another regional mark.


The throwing success was not limited to the throwers, however. Combined events specialist Moritz Cleve got in on the personal best action improving his shot put mark by nearly 10 inches while preparing for the decathlon at next weeks’ Big 12 Championship. Cleve also posted a new outdoor personal best in the pole vault on Saturday.


TiAra Walpool tallied another regional mark for the Wildcats in the field events while winning the women’s triple jump. Walpool leaped 41-05.00 for the win.


And the personal bests did not just come in throwing and field events. Two more Wildcats improved their best times while winning their events along with a handful of other teammates who got faster on the track.


Emilee Morris won the women’s 1,500 meters in 4:39.98 to cut into her personal best time, and Denise Baker tied her personal best 14.18 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles. Mantas Silkauskas sped to a 14.06 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles finishing second and cutting a quarter of a second off his time with the regional mark.


In the 200 meters, Kim Haberman finished second with a new personal best time of 24.94 seconds improving by nearly half a second. Lekesha Pointer-Allen also set a personal record in the women’s 800 meters at 2:12.02 cutting more than four seconds off her time.


Two men’s sprinters had strong showings as well for the Wildcats as Jason Coniglio finished third in the 100 meters at 10.72 seconds narrowly missing his personal best time, and Mike Myer tied his fastest time of the season in the 200 meters winning in 20.99 seconds.


The Wildcats will travel to Lubbock, Texas, next week eyeing conference titles at the Big 12 Championship at R.P. Fuller Stadium where the action begins on Friday.