Wildcats Eye Big 12 Championships

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The Kansas State track and field team travel to West Texas for the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship this week with its sights set on bringing home a number of titles. The Wildcats will take on their conference foes at Terry and Linda Fuller Track on the campus of Texas Tech over thre days of action after a successful regular season.

The Wildcats have a strong contingency of athletes ranking near the top of the conference performance list in their events and some previous conference champions hoping to add to their long lists of accomplishments for K-State.

High jumper Scott Sellers is the 2007 Big 12 champ and has never finished worse than second at the conference championship meet. He also won the national title in 2007 and has had a stellar senior campaign where he won the NCAA indoor title this year as welll.

Thrower Loren Groves also looks to close her career in the Big 12 meet strong. Groves is the defending champion in the hammer throw after claiming the title last year with a throw of 212-04. She also earned her first outdoor All-America certificate last season finishing fourth at the NCAA meet. Groves currently holds the longest throw in the Big 12 this season at 203-11.75.

The senior class is not the only class with thoughts of a conference title. Sophomores Moritz Cleve and Rok Derzanic have proven their strength in the combined events early in their careers. Last year, Cleve finished fourth at the Big 12 Championship in the decathlon. Derzanic was near the top of the leaderboard before pulling out of the competition. Cleve won the Big 12 indoor title this year in the heptathlon, and Derzanic was an All-American in the event in 2008.

The Wildcats also hope to improve their standing in the team competition from a year ago. The men’s squad finished 10th in 2008 with a total of 42 points while the women claimed fifth and 76.5 points.

Fans looking to follow the action from Lubbock online can check the live results at www.flashresults.com/2009_Meets/outdoor/Big12/.

Ticket prices for the championship meet are $15 for an all-sessions pass and $7 for an adult single-day ticket. College students can purchase single-day tickets for $5 with ID as well as children.

Fox Sports Net will also be taping the meet with the event set to broadcast on May 22nd at 11:30 a.m.

Throwing Records Aside
The Kansas State track and field team closed its regular season at home with much strong showings across the board in throwing events.

Senior Loren Groves posted regional marks in both the hammer throw and discus 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.

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