K-State Begins Weekend at Big 12 Championship

LINCOLN, Neb. Kansas State received two scoring marks in the discus and one in the 10,000 during the first day of the 2007 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at cloudless Ed Weir Stadium. The Wildcats also have an athlete among the top-10 of both the decathlon and the heptathlon.


Eric Thomas secured K-State’s first points of the weekend with a sixth-place finish in the men’s discus. The freshman from Hays, Kan., registered a new career-best with his toss of 172-03. Thomas’ previous career best effort was 172-01 during the Pepsi Invitational on April 7.


Adding to the point total for the Wildcat men was senior Joe Moore in the men’s 10,000-meter run. The senior from Green, Kan., used a tremendous sprint with 110-meters to go, moving from ninth-place to sixth for a time of 31:00.41 and grabbed three additional points for the men’s first day total of six. The time by Moore is a new career-best, surpassing his previous mark of 31:34.93 from the ESU Spring Twilight on March 15.


Ashleigh Rogers, competing in her final Big 12 meet, registered a career-best Big 12 meet finish of seventh in the women’s discus with a season-best toss of 161-06. The product of Manhattan entered the meet ranked 12th in the conference with her season-best of 161-02.    


After the first day of competition in the decathlon, Adam Fretwell is in sixth with 3,730 points. The sophomore from Houston, Texas finished second in two disciplines, 100-meter dash (11.11) and long jump (23-04.75). His distance in the long jump was a new career-best, surpassing his mark of 22-03.00 during the Jim Click Combined Events on March 22-23.


Fretwell has a career-best point total of 7,065 during the 2006 Jim Click Combined Events. He leads the Wildcats with a point total of 6,187 points from this season’s edition of the Jim Click. The decathlon will resume at 9:30 a.m. with the 110-meter hurdles.


Lindsay Grigoriev is in ninth after the first day of the heptathlon with 2,873 points. The junior from Laurel, Md., captured the shot put with a distance of 43-06.50 for her best discipline finish.


This is the first heptathlon for Grigoriev since the 2005 Big 12 Outdoor Championship in Manhattan. During those two days at the R.V. Christian Track, she scored a career-best and the fifth-highest point total in school history of 4,972. The heptathlon will resume on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the long jump.

The 2007 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships will kick into high gear on Saturday. A link to the live results can be found at k-statesports.com.