Mills Captures First Big 12 Title Saturday

BOULDER, Colo. During the second day of the Big 12 Championships in Boulder, Colo., senior Candice Mills leapt to her first conference crown as she took the long jump title on Saturday. After earning two bronze medals in her earlier Big 12 competitions, Mills completed her conference career with two jumps of 20-10.00 at Potts Field in the afternoon.

 

“I have been jumping tremendously lately in practice and I expected to do well here,” Mills said. “I have always had the privilege of competing against amazing athletes, and finally it was my time as a senior to go out on top.”

 

Becoming only the second Wildcat to title the Big 12 long jump, Mills’ mark sits as a season best as she previously had a top regionally-qualifying mark of 20-00.50 from the Nike Elite Meet in March. The distance is just shy of Mills’ personal best of 20-11.25 from the 2006 NCAA Championships when Mills earned her All-American accolade.

 

Mills qualified for the finals after recording a wind-aided mark of 20-10.00 in the prelims on her third attempt. On her first jump of the finals, Mills matched the mark with less aid from the wind that was recorded at 0.8 meters per second.

 

Also scoring for K-State in the women’s long jump, freshman Nina Kokot registered a seventh-place finish in the field of 24. The native of Slovenia finished with a top mark of 19-09.50. After opening with two fouls, Kokot posted her wind-aided top jump of the day.

 

WOMEN’S HEPTATHLON

Wildcat freshman Annika Schoenebeck battled her way to the bronze medal in the women’s heptathlon and finished with an NCAA provisional and personal-best total of 5,117 points, the fourth best mark in school history. She improved from fourth place on day one after recording a personal best in one of the final three events.

 

Schoenebeck remained in fourth after the long jump, which opened the day, as she had a leap of 17-09.75. She was then pushed into her final third place after throwing a PR of 132-08 in the javelin, the field’s second best in the event. Schoenebeck closed the seven-event competition with a time of 2:24.91 in the 800M.

 

First day marks for Schoenebeck included a career best in the 100M hurdles with a time of 15.08. She went on to add a jump of 5-01.75 in the high jump, a throw of 40-01.50 in the shot and a time of 26.03 in the 200M.

 

Adding four points for the women and earning her first all-conference honors, Stephanie Hejde jumped two places to finish fifth with a PR of 4,867 points. Her mark sits as the eighth best heptathlon total in KSU history. Hejde opened the day with a jump of 17-04.00 in the long jump and fell to eighth in the standings. She then made the leap to fifth with the field’s fourth-best throw in the javelin with a toss of 114-01. Her run of 2:23.76 in the 800M helped her maintain her fifth-place finish.

 

MEN’S DECATHLON

With the conclusion of the men’s decathlon, K-State finished with two Wildcats in the top eight as Moritz Cleve and Adam Fretwell finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Cleve improved from a first day placing of seventh to post a personal-best 7,391 points on Saturday. Fretwell also set a career best mark with 7,215 points and improved three places from the first day.

 

Cleve made the jump from seventh to fourth after Saturday’s first event, when Cleve recorded the top run in the 110M hurdles with a PR of 14.36. He sat in fifth after throwing 121-10 in the discus and tying his PR in the pole vault 13-07.25. Cleve pulled back into fourth with his first mark in the javelin at 179-02 and first time in the 1500M with a mark of 4:40.65. On the opening day, Cleve recorded marks of 11.07 in the 100M, 22-10.50 in the long jump, 44-05.25 in the shot put and 6-02.25 in the high jump.

 

After sitting in eighth on day one, Fretwell had his top Big 12 finish as he took fifth to earn the Wildcat men four team points. The junior from Houston, Texas, improved one place to seventh at the start of the day with a time of 14.94 in the 110M hurdles and a toss of 117-08 in the discus. He continued to creep his way up the standings after sitting in sixth with the completion of the pole vault (14-11.00) and javelin (178-02). After racing to a time of 5:08.43 in the 1500M, Fretwell made his final move to fifth place. Fretwell finished with the following marks in the first half of the events: 10.88 in the 100M hurdles, 23-04.75 in the long jump, 40-06.25 in the shot put, 6-02.25 in the high jump and 50.96 in the 400M.

 

Freshman Rok Derzanic, who sat in second after day one and recorded a KSU top 10 mark in the long jump, fouled on his three discus attempts during Saturday’s second event. Derzanic did not finish the decathlon after earning a 4,163 day one point total.

 

The point totals shifted the Kansas State top 10 list in the decathlon, as Cleve’s mark sits as the sixth best in KSU history. Fretwell, while improving his personal best, remains in 10th on the all-time list.

 

WOMEN’S HIGH JUMP

After tying her season best mark, sophomore Cassie Styers jumped to her first All-Big 12 honors after placing in a three-way tie for sixth. The product of Omaha, Neb., cleared a height of 5-05.00 on her first attempt. She missed on each of her tries at the 5-07.00 bar.

 

WOMEN’S POLE VAULT

Junior Nancy Harrington tied for seventh in the women’s pole vault to earn the women 1.50 points. Harrington matched her personal-best height of 12-07.50 to earn all-conference honors. She has reached the regional mark on three occasions now, as she passed the bar at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in March and at the Kansas Relays in April.

 

PRELIMS: ADVANCING WILDCATS

Qualifying for the finals with the second-best mark, junior Mike Myer raced to a personal-best time of 10.35 in the men’s 100M prelims. The Lenexa, Kan., native finished first in the second of three heats, while Texas A&M’s Gerald Phiri clocked a field-best 10.27. During the evening prelims, Myer also advanced in the 200M with the seventh-best mark. He finished third in the second heat with a time of 20.93. Baylor’s Trey Harts raced to a field-best 20.59.

 

In the women’s 400M, senior Donniece Parrish raced to the fourth-best qualifying mark with a time of 53.77. The time bettered the Florissant, Mo., native’s PR from the Ward Haylett Invite when Parrish crossed the line in 54.54. In the school’s top 10 list, Parrish debuts at fifth place with the time after sitting just outside of the rankings. Parrish finished second in heat two to Oklahoma’s Leslie Cole who raced a time of 53.01, the field’s second best mark. Running in the third heat, sophomore Lauren Fisher notched a qualifying mark of 55.56. The PR was the eighth best of the prelims and final advancing time. Texas A&M freshman Jessica Beard led all conference members with a run of 52.75.

 

Senior Morgan Bonds advanced to Sunday’s final of the women’s 800M after clocking a time of 2:09.76. The mark was the sixth best of the preliminary heats and was Bonds’ third regionally-qualifying run of the season. Texas senior Temeka Kincy ran the fastest time in Bonds’ heat with a 2:08.51.

 

On the men’s side, K-State sophomore Sam James earned a place to Sunday’s final of the 800M after finished fourth in the second heat. James recorded a time of 1:51.01 to set a personal best by over half of a second. His last career mark of 1:51.48 lasted one year as he posted the time at the 2007 Big 12 Championships. James Galvan of Iowa State will enter the finals after recorded Saturday’s top prelim time of 1:49.82.

 

Advancing to her first outdoor conference finals, Emily Dittemore raced to a time of 4:37.98 in the 1500M. The Wichita, Kan., native ran the eighth best time of the prelims and finished fifth in the first of two heats. The event will race nine qualifiers on Sunday after a protest put in the addition of one student-athlete. Texas Tech’s Sally Kipyego had the field’s top time of 4:33.50.

 

ALSO COMPETING NOTES

In the men’s shot put, K-State sophomore Eric Thomas threw his second-best career mark in the men’s shot, 53-03.00, to finish 12th in the 16-man field... On the women’s side, senior Jenny Glodowski recorded a throw of 44-05.25 to place 16th... Sophomore Alexandra Gonzalez cleared 11-07.75 to finish 15th in the women’s pole vault... In the men’s long jump, freshman Emmanuel Neizer posted a PR of 23-04.75 to place 12th out of 19 competitors... Junior Danny Schneider had the 14th-best mark in the men’s 1500M with a time of 3:57.22... Senior Marnyka Honeycutt clocked a time of 12.00 in the 100M prelims to finish 15th... In the women’s 100M hurdles, freshman Denise Baker raced to a wind-aided mark of 14.18 to place 14th in the prelims... Junior Jason Collett ran a time of 1:57.26 in the 800M to finish 17th.

 

The K-State women currently sit in second place with 45.50 points while Nebraska has the lead with 79 after eight events scored. The Wildcat men are in eighth with nine points after five events. The Missouri men hold the lead with 45 points.

 

The Championships will conclude on Sunday from Potts Field in Boulder, Colo., with the men’s javelin as the first event a 10 a.m. The track finals will begin at 3 p.m. with the 4x100M relay. For complete coverage of the conference championships, please follow links posted on either www.kstatesports.com, www.cubuffs.com or www.big12sports.com. A complete recap of Wildcat events will be posted on www.kstatesports.com following each day’s completion.