Wildcats Shine at Big 12's

LUBBOCK, Texas The Kansas State men’s track and field team closed the Big 12 Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship with its best performance in three years. The Wildcats scored 71 points over the three days of action and finished sixth. The women’s squad came in ninth with ninth with 39 points.

Mike Myer continued having a strong senior campaign garnering his best finishes at the Big 12 meet in his career. Myer backed up his performance from the preliminaries when he ran the second fastest time of the night by running to a third place finish at 10.69 seconds in the 100 meters to earn six points for the Wildcats. Myer also had his best finish in the 200 meters coming in fourth at 21.03 seconds.

The Wildcats moved up the standings in the 800 meters with two runners in the final. Jason Collett came from behind down the final stretch to make up two places and finish second with his time of 1:50.08 and earn eight points. Jack Sachse picked up his pace on the back stretch to overtake sixth place and held the position at the line for three points.

K-State continued its strong success in the throwing events placing multiple Wildcats on the medal stand in both the men’s and women’s javelin. The final day of the championship started with a trio of Wildcats placing third, fourth and sixth for the men.

Cory Boulanger led the Wildcats with his throw of 204-00 to finish third and earn six points while Cameron Traxson finished right behind participating in just his second meet of the season throwing 202-08. He threw 176-01 in his only other meet of the year. Cole Zenisek rounded out the K-State scoring in the event in sixth for three points throwing 198-06. Zenisek set a new personal record by three feet two inches.

No other team placed more than one athlete in the men’s javelin, and the 14 points scored moved K-State into second place at the time through eight completed events.

Emmanuel Neizer completed the scoring for the men’s team on Saturday placing seventh in the triple jump in a strong field. His leap of 50-10 surpassed his previous career-high by 11 inches.

The women’s javelin also had a lot of purple on the medal stand with Ali Pistora finishing third and Ashley Reider coming in eighth. Pistora had a throw of 155-00 and Reider tallied 141-00. The women’s squad also saw Cassie Styers score in the high jump with her leap of 5-06.50

K-State marked its first points of the day in the running events with Liliani Mendez finishing seventh in the 1,500 meters crossing the line in 4:35.21. Beverly Ramos added six points in the 5,000 meters finishing third with her time of 16:40.07 in the final individual event of the night.

In the women’s 4X400 relay, the team of Lekesha Pointer-Allen, TiAra Walpool, Boglarka Bozzay and Kim Haberman combined to finish eighth in 3:46.63 and give K-State one more point to its total of 39 and finish ninth for the championship.

The Wildcats had a total of 21 athletes place in the top eight in addition to the women's 4X400 relay and score points for their team. The men had 13 in 14 events while the women represented with eight in 10 events. K-State will be in action next at the NCAA Midwest Regional in two weeks hosted by Oklahoma. Wildcats who have posted regional qualifying marks will be participating against the region’s top athletes in an effort to advance to the NCAA Championship in Fayetteville, Ark.

Big 12 Champions
Moritz Cleve: Decathlon

K-State Top Performers
Cory Boulanger: Javelin
Nate Brummet: Hammer Throw
Moritz Cleve: Decathlon
Jason Collett: 800M
Rok Derzanic: Decathlon
Mike Myer: 100M, 200M
Emmanuel Neizer: Triple Jump
Jack Sachse: 800M
Scott Sellers: High Jump
Mantas Silkauskas: Decathlon
Eric Thomas: Discus
Cameron Traxson: Javelin
Cole Zenisek: Javelin

Amanda Boor: Hammer Throw
Loren Groves: Hammer Throw, Discus
Liliani Mendez: 1,500M
Stephanie Hejde: Heptathlon
Ali Pistora: Javelin
Beverly Ramos: 5,000M, 10,000M
Ashley Reider: Javelin
Cassie Styers: High Jump