Wildcats Roar into NCAA Championship

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Kansas State track and field team rides a wave of momentum into the NCAA Outdoor Championship this week after strong showings at the Midwest Regional and Big 12 Championship. The Wildcat men and women both enter the meet with an opportunity to improve on the team standings last year and score points.

A total of 10 Wildcats will make the trip to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the nation’s best in their respective events. The men’s team has the strongest contingency of athletes at the meet with six student-athletes competing in seven events.

Scott Sellers and Moritz Cleve lead the men’s squad into the meet as two of strongest competitors in their events. Sellers finished fourth at last year’s championship and is a two-time national champion in the high jump winning outdoor as a sophomore and winning this year’s indoor title. Cleve currently holds the second-best score in the nation in the decathlon after a dominating performance in the Big 12 Championship.

The pair is joined by Rok Derzanic, who also is one of the top decathletes in the NCAA, Jason Collett in the 800 meters, Eric Thomas in the discus and sprinter Mike Myer in the 100 and 200.

The women’s team is led by thrower Loren Groves eyeing another All-America certificate in the hammer throw after finishing fifth last year. She enters the championship with the No. 8 throw in the nation this year and fresh off her title defense at the regional.

Groves has three teammates with her competing as Ali Pistora will compete in the javelin, Beverly Ramos will run the 10,000 meters and TiAra Walpool looks to move up in the triple jump.

Fans can follow the action of the NCAA Championship through a number of different mediums. CBS College Sports Network will televise the event Friday from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday from 12-2 p.m. Live streaming will also be available online at ncaa.com and arkansasrazorbacks.com.

The NCAA also has a Web site dedicated to the meet complete with ticket, parking and various other information of interest to fans at ncaa.com/loc/ncaa-c-otrack-loc.html.

Wildcats Make Mark at Regional
The Wildcats came away from the NCAA Midwest Regional with five automatic qualifiers for the national championship meet and a handful of solid performances. K-State made its presence felt on the scoreboard as the men finished tied for ninth with 25 points.

The men’s team left Norman with three automatic qualifiers for the NCAA meet as Scott Sellers claimed the high jump title with his highest leap of the season at 7-04.50. Sprinter Mike Myer finished third in the 100 meters and just missed out in the 200 meters but posted a time good enough to earn an at-large berth. Eric Thomas improved on his best finish at a regional taking the fourth spot and advancing to nationals.

The women were not to go unnoticed as Loren Groves successfully defended her title in the hammer throw besting the field by more than seven feet.

Ali Pistora made a big improvement on her finish at the regional as a freshman and advanced to the NCAA meet in dramatic fashion. The sophomore finished fifth in Norman by the smallest of margins -- one centimeter. Her throw of 48.24 meters edged out Houston’s Brittany Williams who brought the drama to the finals as the officials measured her final throw just behind Pistora’s.

Movin’ Mike Myer
Senior sprinter Mike Myer is closing his career at K-State in the fast lane setting one school record along the way. Myer is set to run the 100 and 200 meters at the NCAA Championship this week after a strong showing at the Midwest Regional.

Myer set new personal records in both events at the regional running the 100 in 10.33 seconds in the preliminaries. He backed that up with a 10.35 in the finals to finish fourth. During the preliminaries of the 200 meters, Myer tied the school record finishing in 20.76 seconds. He now holds the school record in the 200 both indoors and out.

The Lenexa product has shown continuous improvement through the season and tallied his best finishes in the Big 12 Championship. Myer finished third in the 100 meters and fourth in the 200 meters.

He has had success throughout the season in both sprint events claiming both titles at the Pepsi Invitational. He pulled double duty later in the season taking the sweep at the Nebraska Open as well.