Cleve Sets Record for Title

LUBBOCK, Texas It was a record setting day for Kansas State on day two of the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Sophomore Moritz Cleve set a Big 12 Championship record and facility record in the decathlon with 8,004 points.

Cleve rode the momentum from a strong first day where he set personal records in all five events. He continued the trend on Saturday at Jerry and Linda Fuller Track and Field bringing the total to eight event PR’s, and his score also was a personal record ranking second in school history.

“I’m amazed at the whole decathlon,” Cleve said. “The whole field was strong and I just rolled. Overall I did eight PR’s and an overall decathlon score PR. I don’t know what to say. It’s all just paid off.”

The score is the second highest in the nation this season and an automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Championship.

Cleve was not alone on the medal stand for K-State, however, as Mantas Silkauskas finished second and Rok Derzanic came in fifth. All three of the Wildcats posted automatic qualifying scores for the NCAA meet reasserting K-State as one of the top combined events programs in the country this season.

Despite poor weather conditions with rain and high winds in the morning, the field remained strong and proved its strength with the top five posting automatic marks and the next four finishers had provisional marks.

In the heptathlon, Stephanie Hejde climbed the standings with a solid second day of competition. Hejde found herself in ninth entering the day and moved up to finish fifth.

Hejde began her move in the long jump finishing fifth with a leap of 17-06.75. She followed that with a third-place finish in the javelin and fifth place in the 800 meters. She totaled 4,738 points over the seven events and earned four points toward the women’s team effort.

After Saturday’s field events, the K-State men found themselves in third place with 33 points after seven events. The women tallied 21 points through the first five completed events for fourth place.

Scott Sellers earned five of those points in the high jump finishing fourth. The senior and 2009 NCAA indoor champion posted a jump of 7-00.50 but could not clear the next height of 7-02.50, which ended up as the winning height.

The women’s discus was pushed back on the schedule due to the morning’s inclement weather. When the competition did take to the ring, Loren Groves finished third for the Wildcats with a throw of 168-00. It was her best throw of the season by nearly seven feet. Groves tallied a total of 14 points for the Wildcats also finishing second in the hammer throw on the first day of the meet.

Completing the scoring in field events for the Wildcats was Eric Thomas with a sixth-place finish. Thomas earned three more points toward the Wildcats’ total with his throw of 182-05. It was a new personal record by two feet nine inches for Thomas.

Four Wildcats advanced to Sunday’s finals in their respective events during preliminary heats to give K-State more opportunities to score points.

Liliani Mendez advanced in the women’s 1,500 meters with her time of 4:37.60. Sprinter Mike Myer blazed to the finals in the 100 meters tying his personal record of 10.35 seconds. It was the second fastest time of the day in three heats. Myer also advanced to the final in the 200 meters finishing second in his heat clocking in at 20.91 seconds the second fastest time in his career.

A pair of Wildcats advanced in the 800 meters. Jason Collett entered the meet with the seventh fastest time in the nation and won his heat in 1:48.56 just off his personal best time by 0.24 seconds and the fastest time of the night. Jack Sachse finished second in his heat with a time of 1:49.85 to improve his personal best and advance to Saturday’s final as well.

Action in the final day of the Big 12 Championship starts at 11 a.m. Sunday with the men’s javelin with nine field event final slated. The running finals begin at 5:30 p.m. with conference champions being crowned following the 4X400 relay.

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