MANHATTAN, Kan. – During Saturday’s KSU All-Comers, Kansas State took individual wins in five events with two Wildcats tallying NCAA provisional marks. Loren Groves met the provisional mark in the women’s weight throw, while freshman Alexandra Gonzalez cleared the required height in her Wildcat debut in the women’s pole vault.
Groves, a junior from Scott City, Mo., is following her NCAA All-America sophomore year with an impressive start after throwing 66-10.00 Saturday from Ahearn Field House. She finished ahead of Krishna Lee of Missouri who had a mark of 62-00.25, while Wildcat senior Laci Heller placed third with a toss of 61-11.50.
Sophomore Gonzalez breezed to the victory in the pole vault as she cleared a height of 12-11.50 to finish a foot better than second place Libby Harmon of Kansas (11-11.75). The vault is the first indoor mark over 12 feet for the Wildcat women since the 2006 season.
Senior Donniece Parrish raced to a KSU All-Comers meet record in the 60M sprint with a clocking of 7.51. The time betters her previous personal best of 7.55 from the 2006 season. Senior Marnyka Honeycutt tied her personal best with a run of 7.61 to finish second to Parrish. In the men’s 60M, junior Mike Myer finished second with a mark of 6.84, while freshman Nelson Onyegbu opened his Wildcat career with a run of 6.96 to place fifth.
Junior Jason Collett and sophomore Sam James went one-two in the men’s 800M, with Collett taking first in a run of 1:53.54. James finished a shade behind his teammate with a run of 1:53.87, as the pair had a three-second advantage over third place.
Closing the night for the women was the 4x400M relay, as the Wildcats took first with a time of 3:49.99. Kansas finished second to the Cats with a run of 3:52.38.
Finishing second in the women’s 1000M was senior Morgan Bonds. The Hutchinson, Kan., product crossed the line at 2:53.94 to mark a new personal best in the distance. The time is better than the previous meet record, as first-place finisher and former Wildcat Lysaira Del Valle broke her own KSU All-Comers record on Saturday with a time of 2:49.93. The previous top time was a run of 2:55.21 in 2004.
In field events, senior Thomaida Polydorou finished as the runner-up in the women’s long jump after she recorded a leap of 17-11.00. Oklahoma State’s Baiba Blumbaha put together a first-place performance of 18-00.25. Freshman Emmanuel Neizer placed second in the men’s triple jump in his first appearance as a Wildcat, jumping at 46-06.25.
The K-State teams will have a month to prepare for their next performances at the KSU Invitational January 4-5th. For complete coverage of Wildcat track and field, please visit www.kstatesports.com.
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