MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will take part in this week’s
NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with 10 athletes and two relay teams. This is the fourth trip in the last five years, that
K-State has made to Sacramento, Calif., for the NCAA Championships.
The K-State women’s team will be represented by six athletes: Morgan
Bonds (800-meter run), Laci Heller (hammer throw), Beverly Ramos
(3,000-meter Steeplechase), Ashley Reider (javelin), Marianne
Schlachter (triple jump), Kaylene Wagner (high jump) and two relay
teams (4x100 and 4x400).
The men’s team is represented by four athletes: Adam Fretwell
(decathlon), Kyle Lancaster (high jump), Scott Sellers (high jump) and
TJ Staab (shot put).
Lancaster leads the group with four appearances at the
NCAA Outdoor Championships, while Heller is making her third
trip. Schlachter, Sellers and Staab are making their second. This the
first outdoor national championship appearance for Ramos, Reider and
Last Time Out at the NCAA Outdoor Championships
At the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Kansas State tallied three
All-America citations of its 11 representatives at the NCAA Outdoor
Championships. The three athletes earning the honors were Candice Mills
(women’s long jump), Scott Sellers (men’s high jump) and Christian
Smith (men’s mile).
25 Years and Counting
The 2006 outdoor All-American honor by Candice Mills at the NCAA
Championships marked the 25th straight year the K-State women have had
at least one athlete earn an NCAA All-American honor. The streak dates
to the first NCAA Championship in 1982 when Kelly Wenlock
finished seventh in the long jump. Over that time period, 33 Wildcats
have earned 58 All-American certificates, including five national
Odds and Ends
The following are some odds and ends regarding K-State at the
NCAA Outdoor Championships.
• The K-State men’s team has tallied 87 All-American honors and nine
national titles dating back to the 1921 season.
• The Wildcat women’s team has tallied 64 All-American citations and
five national champions in the 25 years of the women’s national
• K-State has earned 12 All-America honors in the men’s high jump,
including eight during the Cliff Rovelto era; three of these are held
by Kyle Lancaster and one by Scott Sellers.
• Adam Fretwell will attempt to become K-State’s first decathlete to
earn an All-America honor since Attila Zsivoczky and Jason Williams in
• TJ Staab is attempting to earn the first men’s All-America honor in
the shot put since Andrew Gillam in 1985.
• Ashley Reider will try to become the third Wildcat female to garner an
All-American citation in the javelin and the first since Kendra Wecker
• Morgan Bonds has an opportunity to become K-State’s first dual
All-American since Austra Skujyte in the 2002 season (heptathlon and
shot put); Bonds will be running in the 800-meter run and as a member
of the 4x400-meter relay.