Cats Open 2007 Indoor Season on Friday

This Week For Kansas State
Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon
Friday, December 8, 2006
Ahearn Field House Manhattan, Kan.

KSU All-Comers
Saturday, December 9, 2006
Ahearn Field House Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas State will open the 2007 track and field season on Friday and Saturday by hosting the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon and the KSU All-Comers Meet in Ahearn Field House.

Two current Wildcats hold event records in the KSU All-Comers Meet. Monique Coleman tied Kyla Shoemaker’s record in the 60-meter dash with a clocking of 7.56 in 2004. Candice Mills soared to a record-tying leap of 19-11.50 in the long jump during the 2004 meet, equaling Mary Grant of Barton County CC in 1997.

One Year Ago This Weekend
Kansas State tallied 13 event wins and provisionally qualified four for the NCAA Indoor Championships during last year’s season-opener. James got things started with a win in the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon on Friday, Dec. 9. Ball scored 3,775 points to capture the second straight season-opening pentathlon crown for the men.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, K-State saw Breanna Eveland, Coby Cost, Laci Heller and TJ Staab provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships. Eveland won the pole vault with a All-Comers record clearance of 13-05.25. Cost won the men’s weight throw with a distance of 66-07.25. Heller won with a weight throw of 63-04.75, while Staab captured the shot put crown with a throw of 59-01.25.
What K-State Returns in 2007
The Wildcats return 13 individuals (seven female and six male) who scored points at the 2006 Big 12 Indoor Championships. K-State also returns one All-American from the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Returning for the men are sophomores Scott Sellers, Jason Collett, Tevan Everett, Tevas Everett and seniors Casey Becker and Lamar Garrett. Sellers is the lone returning indoor All-American, finishing ninth in the high jump at Fayetteville. The Katy, Texas, native registered a third-place clearance in the high jump in his first Big 12 Championship at a height of 7-04.25.

Collett finished sixth in the 800-meter run with a clocking of 1:53.39, while the Everetts and Becker dominated the 600-yard run point totals with a third-place finish (Tevan), a fifth (Becker) and sixth (Tevas).

Garrett continued to improve during the 2006 season and displayed this improvement with a sixth-place finish in the high jump in Lincoln with a clearance in the high jump of 7-01.00.

Leading the women into the 2007 season is junior Laci Heller. The product of Meriden, Kan., won her first career Big 12 weight throw crown with a toss of 63-08.25.

Joining Heller as a point-scorer in the weight throw at the Big 12 Championships and returning in 2007 is sophomore Loren Groves. Groves finished third in her first career Big 12 Championship with a toss of 62-03.75.

Also returning for the Wildcat women are junior Marianne Schlachter, junior Morgan Bonds, senior Candice Mills, sophomore Liliani Mendez and junior Donniece Parrish.

Schlachter finished third in the triple jump with an effort of 41-02.25. Bonds checked in with a fourth-place finish in the 600-yard run in 1:22.20. Mills finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 19-05.25. Mendez made her Big 12 Championship debut with a sixth-place finish in the mile run, while Parrish finished eighth in the 200.    

Wildcats Bestow Captaincy Upon Six
Kansas State has selected six captains to lead them during the 2007 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons. Captains for the women are seniors Shunte Thomas amd Kaylene Wagner and junior Morgan Bonds and Laci Heller. The men’s captains are seniors Kyle Lancaster and TJ Staab.

Wildcats Ink Five for 07
Kansas State track and field has signed five athletes, three female and two male, to National Letters of Intent in the early signing period. The new additions are Aiga Grabuste (EYE-ga Grah-BOO-stee), Michael Healey, Boaz (BO-azz) Lalang, Lauren Lucas and Sydney Messick.

Grabuste is a combined events athlete with international experience, finishing fourth in the heptathlon at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, China. The product of Rezekne, Latvia has personal-bests of 5,443 points in the heptathon, 3,935 points in the pentathlon, a distance of 19-09.50 in the long jump and a time of 14.06 in the 100-meter hurdles.

Healey joins the Wildcats from Katy, Texas and Cinco Ranch High School. He is the third Cougar to sign with K-State in the last three years, joining Scott Sellers and Denise Baker. Healey has a personal best clearance in the high jump of 7-00.00.

Lalang is an accomplished distance runner from Timboroa, Kenya, who finished third at the 2006 Kenyan Junior Championships in the 1,500-meter run with a clocking of 3:42.20. He is also currently ranked 18th on the World Junior rankings in the event.

Lucas is a native of Round Rock, Texas who competes in the pole vault. She has registered a personal-best clearance of 12-01.00.

Messick, a product of Topeka Seaman High School, was the 2006 Kansas 5A State Cross Country champion. She notched a time of 14:59 on the 4K track at Rim Rock Farm.

Men Tally Best Finish Since 1993
The Kansas State men’s track and field delegation at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships of Kyle Lancaster, Christian Smith and Scott Sellers did some heavy lifting. The trio tallied 17 points (10 from Smith and seven from Lancaster) to register an 11th place finish in the championship. This is the highest men’s finish since the 1993 season, when K-State finished eighth with 16 points.

Wildcats Break Five School Records in 2006
K-State concluded the 2006 indoor season with five school records rewritten. Records to fall in 2006 were: women’s 400-meter dash (Shunte Thomas; 53.23), women’s 60-meter hurdles (Lisi Maurer; 8.24), women’s pole vault (Breanna Eveland; 14-05.25), men’s 1,000-meter run (Christian Smith; 2:19.57) and the men’s high jump (Kyle Lancaster; 7-05.25).

Sellers First Freshman to Earn All-American Honor Since 1985
Scott Sellers earned All-American honors in his first NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing ninth in the high jump with a clearance of 7-02.50.

The Katy, Texas native is the first male freshman to earn All-American honors in the Rovelto era and the first since Kenny Harrison in 1985.

Heller Achieves Win 15
With her first career Big 12 title in the weight throw, sophomore Laci Heller won her 15th career weight throw title. The Meriden, Kan., native has surpassed the NCAA Indoor provisional mark in 17 of her 20 career meets.

Heller has also surpassed 60 feet in every competition during her career.

Just What the Schlachter Ordered
Sophomore Marianne Schlachter continued her strong 2006 indoor season at the Big 12 Indoor Championships with a third-place finish in the women’s triple jump. The Albbruck, Germany product skipped to a distance of 41-02.25

Schlachter reached the provisional qualifying distance in the triple jump for the first time in her career at the ISU Classic on Feb. 11. The Albbruck, Germany product finished third with a mark of 41-06.50. It was the second time this season Schlachter has reset her personal best, accomplishing the feat for the first time during the Wildcat Invitational on Jan. 28 with a mark of 41-03.00.

Schlachter set personal-bests during the 2006 indoor season in three events: the high jump (5-06.00), pole vault (11-02.25) and pentathlon (3,403 points).