Sellers Titles Pentathlon, Qualifies in High Jump

MANHATTAN, Kan. As the Kansas State Wildcats get an early start on the indoor track season, the team already earned its first NCAA automatic qualification as Scott Sellers met the mark in the high jump. The junior from Katy, Texas, took the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon crown with 4,046 points on Friday with over 1,000 points from a 7-04.25 high jump mark. The height matches the necessary distance for an automatic bid to the NCAA Indoor Championships to be held March 14-15, 2008, in Fayetteville, Ark.

 

Sellers, the reigning NCAA outdoor high jump champion, finished the high jump nearly five inches better than Lamar Garrett, competing unattached. Sellers also took first in the long jump with a personal best distance of 23-08.25.

 

K-State newcomers Rok Derzanic (3,839) and Moritz Cleve (3,792) and junior Adam Fretwell (3,635) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Cleve earned a number of points from a strong performance in the 1000M as he finished in a time of 2:42.21, ahead of Derzanic at 2:48.77.

 

Senior Lindsey Grigoriev led the Wildcat women with a third-place finish in the pentathlon, as she tallied 3,449 in the meet. The remaining K-State competitors, Annika Schoenbeck (3,448), Stephanie Hedje (3,284) and Nancy Harrington (2,961), placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Grigoriev had a top-finish in the shot put after recording a toss of 41-10.00. Schoenbeck paced the pack in the 800M with a first-place finish of 2:26.34.

 

The Wildcats will continue action on Saturday from Ahearn Field House with the KSU All-Comers meet, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with the men’s weight throw. Complete results and a recap will be available on K-State’s official athletic website, www.kstatesports.com, following the conclusion of the meet.