Schlachter Wins Carol Robinson Pentathlon

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State opened the 2007 track and field season on Friday afternoon with the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon in Ahearn Field House.


K-State junior Marianne Schlachter won her second career pentathlon with a career-high point total of 3,482. The product of Albbruck, Germany captured discipline wins in the high jump (5-06.00), long jump (18-00.50) and 800-meter run (2:30.96). Her previous career-high was 3,403 points during last season’s Carol Robinson.


Other Wildcats in the top-five were freshman Stephanie Hejde in fourth with 3,053 points and senior Tasha Harvey with 2,991 points.   


In a closely contested men’s pentathlon, former Wildcat James Ball defeated Paul Speer by just 21 points (3,766 to 3,745). Ball used a first place finish in the long jump and a second place finish in the 800-meter run to overtake Speer. This is the second straight Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon win for Ball, who captured the 2005 event with 3,775 points.


K-State’s highest finisher was sophomore Adam Fretwell with 3,746 points for a third-place finish. The native of Houston, Texas finished second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.54 and fourth in the long jump with a distance of 21-11.00.


Also registering a top-five finish was senior Isaac Fakasiieiki with 3,448 for a fourth-place finish.


Kansas State will be in action on Saturday with the KSU All-Comers Meet in Ahearn Field House. Field events begin at 10 a.m. with the men’s weight throw. Events on the track begin at 3:15 p.m. with the women’s one mile run.