MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State will voyage to one of the most prestigous
meets in the nation this weekend, as the squad takes part in the 98th
Drake Relays. This will be the first of two trips to the blue track in
Des Moines, as the 2007 NCAA Midwest Regional will also take place in
Last Time Out
The remained in the state last weekend, competing in the 80th Kansas
Relays in Lawrence. K-State garnered two event wins during the four-day
Kaylene Wagner soared to a new season-high in the women’s high jump with
a winning clearance of 6-01.50. The senior from Goleta, Kan., was just
three-quarters of an inch from tying the Relays record of 6-02.25 by
Julianne Broughton of Arizona in 1990.
Marianne Schlachter skipped to a winning distance of 42-11.75. The
distance was a wind-aided mark. The junior from Albbruck, Germany and
the defending Big 12 champion in the event secured a regional
qualifying mark of 41-10.50 during the UTEP Invitational on April 14.
Schlachter has finished either first or second in her three triple jump
efforts this season.
Last Time Out at the Drake Relays
Scott Sellers finished second to Mickael Hanany of UTEP in the men’s
special high jump. Sellers, a native of Katy, Texas, cleared a height
of 7-00.50 to finish as a runner-up in his first career Drake Relays
appearance. Due to inclement weather, the high jump was conducted
indoors in 2006.
The men’s distance medley relay of Colin Swaney, Casey Becker, Tevan
Everett and Christian Smith finished second to Missouri with a clocking
of 9:48.34. Smith had success on the Drake Stadium track before last
year’s meet, running the anchor leg of the first-place 4x800-meter
relay (7:21.32) during the 2005 Drake Relays.
In other special events involving Wildcat athletes, Shunte Thomas
finished fifth in the women’s 400-meter run with a time of 53.71;
Breanna Eveland finished sixth in the pole vault with a final clearance
of 13-05.75; Liliani Mendez finished sixth in the women’s 1,500-meter
run with a clocking of 4:30.88.
Six in Drake Relays Hall of Fame
Kansas State has left a small mark on the rich history of the Drake
Relays, as four athletes and two coaches have been elected into the
Drake Relays Hall of Fame. The four athletes to engrave their names
into the hall are: Gene O’Connor (1956-58), Jerome Howe (inducted
1977), Ken Swenson (inducted 1980) and Pinkie Suggs (inducted 1998).
O’Connor was inducted for his efforts in the 440-yard hurdles, while
Howe was selected for his efforts in the mile and the relays and
Swenson for the relays. Suggs was chosen for her accomplishments in the
shot put and discus.
The two track mentors enshrined into the hall are DeLoss Dodds (inducted
1988) and current head coach Cliff Rovelto (inducted 2002).
Sellers Ranked Among IAAF Elite
Sophomore Scott Sellers rose two positions in the April 23 International
Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) world rankings for the high
jump. Sellers ranks 47th in the world, up from 49th two weeks ago. The
Katy, Texas product climbed up the rankings after registering a
personal season-best clearance of 7-03.00 at the UTEP Invitational.
Three High Jumpers in Dandy Dozen
Scott Sellers, Kyle Lancaster and Kaylene Wagner remain in
Trackwire.com’s Dandy Dozen for the high jump for the third consecutive
week on April 17. Sellers moved up one place to second after clearing
7-03.00 last weekend in El Paso, while Lancaster remains in eighth.
Wagner fell back two spots to sixth.
The factors used to build the Dandy Dozen include quantitative values
that measure performances in past major competitions (such as
conference championships, national championships and Olympic
competition), durability and freedom from injuries, demonstrated
ability to compete well in multiple rounds of competition, ability in
other events, head-to-head competition with other top athletes, and
personal or seasonal bests.
In just his second outdoor competition of the 2007 season, Scott Sellers
cleared 7-03.00 to finish second at the UTEP Invitational. The
clearance was the sophomore’s second straight above the NCAA Midwest
Regional qualifying height of 6-10.75 and his highest outdoor effort
since June 10, 2006 at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field
Championships in Sacramento, Calif.
Lucky 13 for Lancaster
Senior Kyle Lancaster won his 13th career high jump title during the
Pepsi Invitational in Eugene, Oregon. Lancaster overtook two teammates,
sophomore Scott Sellers and senior Lamar Garrett, to win the crown with
a personal season-best clearance of 7-01.00.
Lancaster made his return on March 24 at the Jim Click Shootout with an
NCAA Regional qualifying height of 7-00.50. The Fort Scott, Kan.,
native redshirted during the 2006 outdoor campaign. This was his first
outdoor win since May 28, 2005 at the NCAA Midwest Regionals.
Wagner Continues to Wow’em
Senior Kaylene Wagner has won four of five high jump comeptitions to
start her one and only outdoor campaign with K-State. Entering this
weekend in Des Moines, Wagner is ranked third in the nation with her
winning clearance of 6-01.50 during the last weekend’s Kansas Relays.
The effort ranks tied for third in school history with three other
athletes, the last being Morgan High during the 2004 Baldy Castillo.
Wagner started her K-State career with five straight wins in the high
jump after an entire season on the sidelines. She is believed to be the
first female in school history to win five consecutive high jump titles
in a single season. She finished her lone indoor season as an
All-American and cleared a height of 6-01.25 during the KSU Open in
Ahearn Field House. The height ranks fourth in school history.
The Schlachter is In
Junior Marianne Schlachter registered quite a weekend at the Kansas
Relays. The product of Albbruck, Germany started the meet by
registering a personal-best point total of 4,789 in the heptathlon. The
score ranks as the 10th best in school history. During the heptathlon,
Schlachter recorded a regional qualifying height in the high jump of
5-09.25, a new career-best and her first career regional mark in the
Schlachter continued to dazzle, as she registered a wind-aided distance
of 42-11.75 to win the triple jump. This was her second win in the
event this season and her third straight finish among the top-two. She
has a wind legal season-best and regional qualifying mark of 41-10.50
during the UTEP Invitational on April 14.