Two Surpass Auto Standards During All-Comers

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State officially opened its 2007 track and field season with the KSU All-Comers meet on Saturday at Ahearn Field House. Two Wildcats punched their tickets to the NCAA Indoor Track Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., with automatic qualifier efforts in the high jump.


Senior Kaylene Wagner secured K-State’s first automatic qualifying berth in the NCAA Indoor Championships with a height of 6-00.50 to win the women’s high jump. This was Wagner’s first meet as a member of the Wildcats after transferring from Cal Poly before the 2006 season.


Sophomore Scott Sellers followed Wagner’s performance with an automatic qualifying effort of his own in the men’s high jump. The Katy, Texas native cleared a height of 7-04.25 to win the event title. This equals his career-best, which he set during last year’s Big 12 Indoor Championships.


Including Wagner and Sellers, the Wildcats captured eight event titles during the season-opener. Sophomore Loren Groves won the women’s weight throw with a career-best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 64-02.50. The Scott City, Mo., product entered Saturday with a previous career-high of 63-11.50, which she attained at the Wildcat Invitational last season. This is the eighth time in nine weight throw competitions that Groves has surpassed 60 feet.


Other event winners for K-State on Saturday were: senior Candice Mills in the women’s long jump (19-03.25), senior Monique Coleman set an All-Comers meet record in the 60-meter dash (7.53), sophomore Lauren Fisher in the women’s 400-meter run (59.06), junior Morgan Bonds in the women’s 1,000-meter run (2:56.73) and senior Joe Moore broke a six-year old All-Comers meet record in the 3,000-meter run (8:38.61).


After breaking for the holidays, Kansas State will return to action in Ahearn Field House on January 5-6 for the KSU Invitational.