K-State Adds All-Americans at Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa Kansas State concluded action at the 2008 NCAA Track and Field Championships on Friday and nabbed three All-America honors during the action from Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Juniors Loren Groves and Scott Sellers finished in the top eight in their respective fields, while senior Donniece Parrish closed her Wildcat career after competing in three events during the four-day meet.


Ending an astounding year in the throwing events, Groves capped the season with her first outdoor All-America accolade after placing fifth in the women’s hammer throw. The Scott City, Mo., native threw to her third-best career mark with a distance of 210-04. Groves also competed in the women’s discus finals and narrowly missed capturing a second All-America honor when she took ninth with a final of 161-06.


Also taking part in the hammer throw finals, senior Laci Heller finished 11th with a top toss of 196-01. The Wildcat out of Meriden, Kan., suited up for the Cats for her final competition and closes her career with one All-America placing which she achieved in 2005.


Despite not earning his second-consecutive title, Sellers nabbed his third outdoor All-America award in the men’s high jump after finishing fourth on Friday. The Katy, Texas, native cleared a height of 7-02.50 on his third attempt. UTEP’s Mickael Hanany reached a Drake Stadium record of 7-07.25 to take the victory.


Becoming K-State’s third All-American of the championships, Parrish closed a busy national event with a 16th-place finish in the semifinals of the women’s 400M. She raced to a time of 54.08 which marked her fourth-best clocking in the event. Parrish, one of only two competitors to qualify in both the 200M and 400M, closes her career with her first All-American honor at this year’s championships. The first-time individual qualifier finished 12th in the 200M on Thursday, but was the fifth-placing American, granting her the accolade. Parrish goes down in K-State history books as the first 200M sprinter to capture the All-American title.


Sophomore Beverly Ramos raced in her first finals at the NCAA meet and placed 12th in the 3000M steeplechase. After advancing out of the semifinals on Wednesday, Ramos recorded a time of 10:24.81 during Friday’s final race.


In her first national appearance, Wildcat freshman Tiara Walpool missed advancing to the finals of the women’s triple jump. The Richardson, Texas, product ended with a top leap of 40-10.50 and finished 22nd.


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.