Pair of Runner-Up Finishes for Wildcats at Big 12s

LINCOLN, Neb. – On the second day of the 2007 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Bob Weir Stadium, two Kansas State female athletes grabbed second-place finishes to aid the team point totals. The Wildcats also advanced three athletes to Sunday’s finals.

Kansas State is tied for eighth with nine points in the men’s standings with Colorado. The K-State women have accumulated 22 points and are tied for fifth with Missouri entering the final day. Kansas leads the men’s side with 37 points, while Nebraska tallied 74 points to lead the women’s standings.

The K-State women received a jump start of 12 points on Saturday afternoon from the women’s hammer throw duo of junior Laci Heller and senior Ashleigh Rogers. Heller finished second with a distance of 199-08 and Rogers finished fifth with a mark of 182-05. Both marks were beyond the NCAA Midwest regional qualifying standard of 177-07.

Heller, a native of Meriden, Kan., registered her mark on her first and second throws of the afternoon. She has now finished among the top three in the Big 12 Championship hammer competition. This was the eighth time of nine efforts this season that she has thrown beyond 190 feet. In her career, Heller has surpassed the regional standard in 23 of 30 career competitions.

Rogers secured her distance on her fifth throw of the competition. With the top-eight finish, the Manhattan, Kan., product has now scored in four straight hammer throw titles and adds her four points from Saturday to her seventh-place finish and two points from yesterday’s women’s discus competition.

Kaylene Wagner secured a second-place finish in the high jump with a clearance of 6-01.50 on her second attempt at the height. Wagner made two attempts at 6-02.75 before passing on her third with an injury. She has cleared six feet on five occasions this seasons. Destinee Hooker of Texas won the high jump title with a Big 12, Texas school, stadium record and the highest clearance in the nation for any female with height of 6-04.00.

Female athletes advancing to the Sunday’s finals were: Shunte Thomas in the 400-meter dash and Morgan Bonds in the 800-meter run.

Thomas advanced to Sunday’s final in the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 53.99, which was the third-fastest in her heat and the fifth-fastest overall. The senior from Coral Springs, Fla., has a season-best of 52.98 and will look to equal or surpass that at 3:05 p.m.

Bonds clocked a 2:09.16 to finish eighth overall in the 800 and advance to the final at 3:45 p.m. A season ago, the Hutchinson, Kan., junior finished fourth with a clocking of 2:07.96. Bonds has a season-best of 2:07.51 during the Pepsi Invitational on April 7.

Adam Fretwell finished the decathlon on Saturday afternoon with a sixth-place finish of 7,197 points. The point total by the sophomore from Houston, Texas was a new career-best and the 10th highest in school history. He boosted his point total significantly after registering a new personal-best in the pole vault with a clearance of 14-07.25 and a new season-best effort in the javelin with a distance of 182-01.

Advancing to a final was Mike Myer in the men’s 100-meter dash. Myer, a sophomore from Lenexa, Kan., clocked a 10.37 to win his heat and finish second overall. The time lowers his career-best from 10.40 during the Kansas Relays and ranks second in school history behind Terence Newman’s 10.20 in the 2002 season. The men’s 100-meter dash final will be at 3:35 p.m.

The 2007 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship will conclude on Sunday beginning at 12 p.m. K-State athletes competing to open the day are Ashley Reider and Brittany Moroney in the women’s javelin, TJ Staab in the men’s shot put and Bryce Bergman and Wally Walstrom in the men’s pole vault. A link to the live results can be found at k-statesports.com.

Courtesy: Kansas State University


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