Wildcats Ready for Regional

NORMAN, Okla. - The Kansas State track and field team heads down I-35 this weekend for the NCAA Midwest Regional hosted by Oklahoma. The Wildcats will head to John Jacobs Track and Field Complex in Norman with their sights set on advancing the NCAA Championship meet.

A total of 15 Wildcats make the trip down and riding momentum from the Big 12 Championship two weeks ago. With their impressive finish at the conference meet the Wildcat men cracked the Top 25 rankings last week jumping 22 spots to No. 17. The men find themselves in the same spot in this week’s rankings.

Senior sprinter Mike Myer had his highest finishes at the Big 12 meet coming in third and fourth in the 100 and 200 meters respectively.

Mid-distance runners Jason Collett and Jack Sachse each are coming off solid performances at the Big 12 as well. Collett and Sachse kept pace with a strong field in the event and turned heads finishing second and sixth. Collett holds the seventh-fastest time in the nation this year, which ranks fourth among Big 12 student-athletes. He posted the fastest time of the preliminary heats at the Big 12 meet as well.

The men’s team really made its mark in the throwing events at the Big 12 Championship where the Wildcats raked in a total of 20 points. A trio of Wildcats led the way in the javelin as Cory Boulanger finished third with Cameron Traxson close behind in fourth and Cole Zenisek in sixth.

Nate Brummet finished sixth in the hammer throw, and Eric Thomas also came in sixth in the discus.

The men’s team finished with 71 points and came in sixth place. It was their highest finish in four years since coming in fifth in 2005.

The women also saw a large portion of its success come in the throwing events. Senior Loren Groves finished second in the hammer throw and third in the discus to tally 14 points for the Wildcats.

Amanda Boor finished seventh in the hammer throw to give K-State two on the podium in the event, and Ali Pistora finished third in the javelin with Ashley Reider joining her in scoring points in eighth.

Live results for the Midwest Regional will be provided by Delta Timing and available at SoonerSports.com. Tickets can be purchased online also at SoonerSports.com or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at 405-325-2424 or toll free at 800-456-4668.

Dominating the Dec
Kansas State established itself as one of the top programs in the nation for combined events placing three Wildcats on the podium at the Big 12 Championship in the decathlon and another in the heptathlon.

Moritz Cleve set personal records in eight events and a ninth for his overall point total at 8,004 points en route to claiming the conference title. Cleve is just the second Wildcat to crack the 8,000-point mark in school history.

K-State also accomplished a feat rare in the decathlon as three different student-athletes posted NCAA automatic qualifying marks at the same meet. Cleve was joined by Mantas Silkauskas (7,706 points) and Rok Derzanic (7,535) at the Big 12 Championship with automatic marks. Both Cleve and Silkauskas posted personal bests in all five events on day one of competition.

The trio combined to score 22 points for the Wildcats in the decathlon to help K-State be in second place after two days of competition at the meet and finish sixth overall.

For the women, Stephanie Hejde had another strong showing at the Big 12 Championship finishing fifth for a second consecutive year. Hejde moved up four places over the final two events to make a late push for the podium and earn four points for the Wildcats.

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