Wildcats Show Strong at USA Championship

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State track and field was well represented at the USA Track and Field Championships in Oregon last week as a number of current, former and future Wildcats were in action battling for a national championship.

The busiest Wildcat of the week was redshirt freshman Jacquelyne Leffler as she competed in three events at the junior level and made her way to the podium in all three. Leffler finished fourth in the junior women’s shot put with a hurl of 48-05.50. She then backed that performance up by finishing eighth in the junior women’s hammer throw on the same day at 167-09. Leffler closed her week finishing seventh in the junior women’s discus with a toss of 154-09.

K-State had strong performances in the jumps by three current Wildcats as Emmanuel Neizer led the group finishing fifth in the junior men’s triple jump. Neizer had a leap of 50-00.75 to earn his spot on the podium. TiAra Walpool competed in the women’s triple jump and came in ninth for K-State will a jump of 43-01.75. Kim Haberman rounded out the competition in the long jump and triple for K-State finishing ninth in the junior women’s long jump and 14th in the junior women’s triple jump.

Four former Wildcats were in action at the USA Championships with 2008 Olympian Christian Smith finishing fourth in the men’s 800 meters. Jason Collett also competed in the 800 meters after his impressive senior season at K-State but did not advance passed the first round.

Sprinter Mike Myer also closed his career as a Wildcat with a solid senior year and ran the 100 and 200 meters. He nearly ran his fastest time of the year in the 100 meters at 10.33 seconds but could not advance. He did not advance in the 200 meters as well running in strong fields in both events.

Scott Sellers entered the championship fresh off his third NCAA title in the high jump but failed to clear the opening height of the men’s championship with the bar set high from the start with the nation’s best jumpers in the field.

Two future Wildcats battled for a U.S. junior championship and one came inches away.

Erik Kynard will compete in the high jump for the Wildcats beginning this fall and he finished second in the junior men’s high jump with a leap of 7-00.50 with the winning height just above him at 7-01.75.

Sara Stoakes ran in the junior women’s 800 meters and finished 15th in the first round and did not advance to the semifinals.

A number of Wildcats will be in action this summer across the globe. Stay connected with K-State track and field on kstatesports.com.

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