Cats Close Second Day at NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa With fewer athletes on the slate for Thursday, Kansas State wrapped up day-two action at the 2008 NCAA Track and Field Championships from Des Moines, Iowa. Senior Donniece Parrish and freshman Moritz Cleve closed competition in the women’s 200M and men’s decathlon, respectively, from Drake Stadium.

 

Parrish, who qualified on Wednesday for the 400M semifinals, opened with action in the first round of the 200M. The senior Wildcat from Florissant, Mo., raced to a time of 23.63 to advance to the semifinals. In the early evening, Parrish raced to her third-best time in the event with a clocking of 23.51 to finish 12th. Although missing the finals in the 200M, Parrish will compete in her fifth race of the weekend when she will line up for the 400M semifinals Friday at 8:15 p.m.

 

For the men, Cleve entered the day with a first-day total of 3,721 points and sat in 12th place. He opened with the field’s eighth-best time in the 110M hurdles after racing to a 14.75. He then added a throw of 114-01 in the men’s discus. After sustaining an injury, Cleve was forced to pull out of the competition with a no height in the pole vault and missing a mark in the javelin and 1500M.

 

The NCAA Championships will continue on Friday with seven Wildcats participating, including four taking part in an event final. In field events, Loren Groves and Laci Heller will throw in the hammer finals, while Groves will also finish in the discus. For jumping events, junior Scott Sellers will aim to retain his high jump title, while freshman Tiara Walpool will jump in the qualifying round of the triple jump. Sophomore Beverly Ramos will take to the track in the 3000M steeplechase finals, as Parrish will race in the semifinals of the 400M.

 

For complete coverage of the NCAA Championships, visit www.ncaasports.com or host Drake’s website at www.drakebulldogs.org. Live results can be followed each day at www.flashresults.com.