K-State Men Finish Highest in Over a Decade

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. The Kansas State men’s track and field team had its best finish in 11 years at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. The Wildcats finished with 16 points and tied for 13th. The 16 points and place are highest since scoring 25 and placing 10th in 1998.

Head coach Cliff Rovelto said it was a bit of dj vu considering how the Wildcats scored their points at this year’s meet.

“It’s interesting that this is our best finish since 1998,” Rovelto said, “because a big part of that was decathlon and high jump; and that’s where we scored our points this year.”

K-State had one more chance to score points in Saturday’s action with Jason Collett running in the 800 meter final. Collett was unable to score finishing ninth in the tightly contested race on John McDonnell Field.

The men’s 800 meter final came out of the blocks at an incredible pace led by Tevan Everett of Texas. The opening 400 meters was completed in 51.26 seconds by Everett and the runners began to push the leader on the back stretch. Collett made his move but he pack pulled away from his on the final turn as he crossed the line in 1:48.26 in ninth place.

Rovelto added he was proud of all the Wildcats who reached the NCAA Championship meet this season and hopes the success of the program this year is seen by outsiders as a statement that K-State track and field is back on the scene.

“I guess we’ll find out what it means to finish in the top 15,” he added. “The way I look at it is all we have control over is what we have control over. Our expectations are always better than what we end up doing because we feel like we can do more. We feel we’re capable of doing that year in and year out, but we feel like we can do those things and hopefully that’s appreciated by other people outside of our program. We feel like this can become a regular occurrence for K-State track and field.”

To recap K-State’s week scoring at the NCAA Championship, the leave Arkansas with another NCAA title in the high jump for Scott Sellers, who won the event Friday night. Moritz Cleve finished third in a strong field of the decathlon, and K-State’s women scored two points for the meet with Loren Groves finishing seventh in the hammer throw.

Texas A&M claimed the women’s title with 50 points scored. The men’s title came down to the final event to decide with Florida and Texas A&M both with a chance to catch Oregon in the 4X400 relay. Texas A&M finished second to score eight points and surpass the Ducks by two points to pull the sweep winning the men’s and women’s team titles.

Men’s Points (T-13th place, 16 points)
Scott Sellers: High Jump, 1st place, 10 points
Moritz Cleve: Decathlon, 3rd place, 6 six

Women’s Points (T-64th place, 2 points)
Loren Groves: Hammer Throw, 7th place, 2 points