K-State Set for NCAA Midwest Regionals

NCAA Midwest Regional Championships
Friday-Saturday, May 25-26
Drake Stadium Des Moines, Iowa
Live results at www.ncaa.org - or - www.drakebulldogs.org

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Wildcats will compete on the blue track of Drake Stadium for the second time this season, competing in the 2007 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships.

The Midwest Region is made up of schools from the following states: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming. Athletes achieving or surpassing regional standards in their respective events will take part in the weekend’s festivities.

Athletes who register an individual top-five finish this weekend are automatically placed into the NCAA Outdoor Championship field. Athletes finishing in sixth, seventh, or eighth are entered into an at-large pool. The athletes in the at-large pool are then judged by their season-best mark to determine the final qualifiers for the national meet.

Last Time Out at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships
At the 2006 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Austin, Texas, K-State finished seventh in both the women’s and men’s team standings with 43 and 38 points, respectively.

The Wildcats captured two event titles, as Josh Scheer won the men’s javelin and Breanna Eveland successfully defended her pole vault title from the 2005 season. For the weekend, K-State was able to advance 11 athletes to the NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento.

The Wildcats have 12 athletes competing in the 2007 edition that competed in Austin, they are: Monique Coleman, Shunte Thomas, Morgan Bonds, Liliani Mendez, Marianne Schlachter, Thomaida Polydorou, Ashley Reider, Laci Heller, Ashleigh Rogers, Bryce Bergman, Kyle Seiler and Scott Sellers. Heller and Thomas will be making their third straight regional meet appearance.

Last Time Out
Kansas State competed at the 2007 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 11-13 in Lincoln, Neb., and finished seventh (60 points) in the women’s standings and 10th on the men’s side.

K-State garnered one event title, as Scott Sellers won the men’s high jump with a Big 12 meet, school and Bob Weir Stadium record clearance of 7-07.75. This was the first men’s Big 12 high jump title since Nathan Leeper won in 1998.

Sellers Rises to Top-35 Ranking on IAAF List; Wagner Debuts
Scott Sellers continued his rise among the world’s elite high jumpers, while Kaylene Wagner joined the top-50 on the women’s side for the first time this season in the May 21 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) world rankings for the men’s and women’s high jump. He has risen 17 places in a little over a month in the ranking.

In a little over a month, Sellers has climbed 17 places from 49th (April 9) to his current standing of 32nd. The sophomore from Katy, Texas climbed up the rankings after winning a Big 12 title with a meet and school record clearance of 7-07.75 during the Big 12 Championships.

Wagner’s ranking of 50th has been aided by her consistency over the last month, including a personal season-best clearance of 6-02.25 at the Drake Relays and a second-place finish in the Big 12 Championships of 6-01.50.

Sellers’ Market
Scott Sellers secured his place among K-State’s elite high jumpers by setting a school, Big 12 meet and Bob Weir Stadium records while winning his first Big 12 title with an incredible clearance of 7-07.75. The effort is the fourth highest outdoor mark in NCAA history and the 15th highest in United States history.

In his earlier visit to Drake Stadium this season, Sellers cleared a height of 7-05.00 in the men’s special invitation high jump at the Drake Relays. 

The sophomore from Katy, Texas, now owns both in the indoor (7-05.75) and outdoor school records. He has cleared seven feet in the outdoor season in 12 of 13 competitions and has won two event titles. He has surpassed the regional qualifying standard in all nine efforts with regional qualifying implications.

K-State Places 18 on Academic All-Big 12 Team
Kansas State placed 18 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 first and second teams, announced by the Big 12 Conference on Tuesday. This was the highest number of recipients for the Wildcats since the 2003 season when the teams placed 26 athletes on the list.

Leading the way was senior Ashleigh Rogers (dietetics) with her fourth career citation. Earning their third career first team honor was junior Laci Heller (feed science management) and senior Wally Walstrom (nutrition science). Heller was the only Wildcat to make the first team with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and is the second straight year she has earned the honor with a 4.0 GPA.

On the list for the second time in their career was junior Morgan Bonds (biology), junior Thomaida Polydorou (architectural engineering), junior Marianne Schlachter (English), sophomore Loren Groves (elementary education) and senior Hiral Bhakta (management).

Newcomers to the Academic All-Big 12 first team were: junior Jenny Glodowski (family studies), senior Kaylene Wagner (kinesiology), senior Bryce Bergman (mechanical engineering), sophomore Jason Collett (economics), sophomore Adam Fretwell (industrial engineering), senior Joe Moore (mass communication), junior Danny Schneider (food science) and sophomore Scott Sellers (pre-physical therapy).

On the Academic All-Big 12 second team for the first time were sophomore Emily Dittemore (family studies) and junior Brittany Moroney (marketing). 

Three High Jumpers in Dandy Dozen
Scott Sellers, Kyle Lancaster and Kaylene Wagner remain in Trackwire.com’s Dandy Dozen for the high jump for the sixth consecutive week on May 8. Sellers remained in second place for the fourth straight week, after registering a career-best height at the Big 12 Championships. Lancaster climbed one position this week from ninth to eighth. 

Wagner fell one spot after her runner-up finish at the Big 12 Championships. The senior from Goleta, Calif., had the naional lead in the event for two straight weeks. One additional Wildcat included in the women’s rankings was Marianne Schlachter in the women’s triple jump. The junior from Albbruck, Germany is just outside the scoring in 10th place.

Despite the nine points for  the men’s team and eight for the women, the Wildcats remain just outside the top-25 in both polls.

The factors used to build the Dandy Dozen include quantitative values that measure performances in past major competitions (such as conference championships, national championships and Olympic competition), durability and freedom from injuries, demonstrated ability to compete well in multiple rounds of competition, ability in other events, head-to-head competition with other top athletes, and personal or seasonal bests.

Wagner Continues to Wow’em
Senior Kaylene Wagner recorded one of two runner-up finishes by a K-State female athlete during the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb. Wagner cleared a height of 6-01.50 and narrowly missed on her two attempts at 6-02.75.

Wagner improved her win total to five in seven competitions on April 28, by outlasting the competition at the Drake Relays. In the special invitation women’s high jump, Wagner defeated former Olympian Amy Acuff in a jump-off to win with a height of 6-02.25. The product of Goleta, Calif., is now second in school history with the effort, trailing Gwen Wentland’s school record of 6-04.50. Wagner’s performance was also the fifth-best female clearance in the world this year. 

Wagner started her K-State career with five straight wins in the indoor high jump after an entire season on the sidelines. She is believed to be the first female in school history to win five consecutive high jump titles in a single season. She finished her lone indoor season as an All-American and cleared a height of 6-01.25 during the KSU Open in Ahearn Field House. The height ranks fourth in school history.

Lucky 13 for Lancaster
Senior Kyle Lancaster won his 13th career high jump title during the Pepsi Invitational in Eugene, Oregon. Lancaster overtook two teammates, sophomore Scott Sellers and senior Lamar Garrett, to win the crown with a personal season-best clearance of 7-01.00. 

Lancaster made his return on March 24 at the Jim Click Shootout with an NCAA Regional qualifying height of 7-00.50. The Fort Scott, Kan., native redshirted during the 2006 outdoor campaign. This was his first outdoor win since May 28, 2005 at the NCAA Midwest Regionals.

My, Oh, Myer  
Mike Myer lowered his career-best in the 100-meter dash to 10.36 during the Big 12 Chamnpionships in  Lincoln, Neb. The sophomore from Lenexa, Kan., registered a fourth-place clocking in the finals and remains in second in school history behind Terence Newman’s record of 10.20 during the 2002 Jim Click Shootout.

In the preliminaries of the 200-meter dash at the Big 12 Championships, Myer clocked the second-fastest 200 time in school history with a 20.82. He trails Ray Hill’s school record of 20.76, which was set at the 1989 Big Eight Championships. 

During his debut indoor season with K-State, Myer finished tied with Dusty McDonald for the fastest 200-meter time (21.55) and clocked the eighth-fastest 60-meter time (6.83).

Heller and Her Hammer
K-State junior Laci Heller improved on her NCAA Midwest Regional standing in the hammer throw during the Nebraska Invitational on May 5. Heller carded a toss of 201-01, which surpasses her previous personal season-best of 200-00, which came on April 29 at the Nebraska Open in the same hammer circle. During the Big 12 Championships, Heller recorded a mark of 199-08 for a runner-up finish. She has finished among the top-3 in the Big 12 hammer throw in all three years of competition, including a title in 2006.

The effort by the Meriden, Kan., product was the eighth time this season she has recorded a final distance beyond 190 feet this season and is the third straight year she has thrown beyond 200 feet in a meet.

Heller has won eight career hammer throw titles, while competing in 30 events. She has surpassed the regional standard in 23 of those efforts. She has a career-best of 202-01 during the 2006 Texas Relays, which ranks second in school history behind Renetta Seiler’s mark of 209-04 during the 1998 Big 12 Championships.

Ramos Resets Own School Record in Steeplechase
Freshman Beverly Ramos continued to lower her own school record in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase during the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb. Ramos clocked a new record of 10:36.05 for a third-place finish.

Ramos originally broke the record on April 7 at the Pepsi Invitational in Eugene, Ore., while winning her second event title of the season. The Trujillo, Puerto Rico product won with a time of 10:41.48. The previous school record was 10:49.65 by Amanda Crouse-Behnke during the 2001 Big 12 Championships.

Ramos won her first event crown in a K-State uniform during the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., with a time of 10:59.31.

Reider Sets Career-Best in Javelin
Ashley Reider registered a new career-best finish at the Big 12 Championships in the women’s javelin. The sophomore from Lansing, Kan., registered a third-place distance of 150-05. In 20006, Reider secured a sixth-place effort in Waco, Texas.

Reider has won twice in 2007, opening the season at the Mike’s Sporting Goods Spring Twilight at Emporia State on March 15 with a winning toss of 145-09. She followed that effort with a winning toss of 159-03 during the Jim Click Shootout on March 24. She registered a new career-best with the distance and the fifth-longest in school history. This was the longest throw by a Wildcat since Mandi Peterson tallied the third-longest effort in school history at the 2003 NCAA Midwest Regional with a mark of 162-09.

Seiler Finishes Fourth at Big 12s
Kyle Seiler figured into the scoring in the men’s javelin at the Big 12 Championships for the second straight season with a distance of 198-11 for a fourth-place finish. It was the second straight fourth-place finish for Seiler at the Big 12 meet.

Seiler secured his ticket to the NCAA Midwest Regional on April 9 at the State Farm/ESU Relays. Seiler registered a personal season-best throw of 208-09 for his second career bid into the regional.

A season ago, the junior from Ellsworth, Kan., registered a career-best mark of 216-09 during the NCAA Midwest Regional for a fourth-place finish.

Staab Improves Regional Mark in Shot
In his final appearance in a Big 12 meet, TJ Staab registered a career-best finish in the shot put. The senior from Plainville, Kan., finished third with a distance of 56-09.25. At the 2005 Big 12 Championships, Staab finished sixth with a mark of 58-04.00. 

Staab record his personal season-best of 57-05.00 for his second win in Emporia this season. His first came during the Mike’s Sporting Goods Spring Twilight at Emporia State with a distance of 55-08.50. He then improved by a half-inch on March 24 at the Jim Click Shootout with a regional mark of 55-09.00.

Fretwell Secures New Career-Best in Decathlon
Adam Fretwell scored a new career-best point total in the decathlon with 7,197 points for a sixth place finish at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships. The sophomore from Houston, Texas, registered an NCAA provisional qualifying mark with the effort and carded the 10th highest point total in school history.

During the two-day event, Fretwell recorded two new personal-bests in the long jump (23-04.75) and in the pole vault (14-07.25) and a new season-best in the javelin (182-01).