SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Scott Sellers won Kansas State’s first outdoor national title since 1998 on Friday evening during the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Alex G. Spanos Track Complex.
The sophomore from Katy, Texas captured the title with a clearance 7-07.25, defeating Andra Manson of Texas, the heavily favored Donald Thomas of Auburn and teammate Kyle Lancaster. The crown is the first by a Wildcat since Nathan Leeper won the 1998 high jump title in Buffalo, N.Y. Sellers entered the competition ranked second in the nation and 32nd in the world by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Sellers cleared his first six heights on the initial attempts, at heights of 6-10.75 to 7-05.00. Meanwhile, Manson was forced to clear the bar on his second attempt at both 7-03.75 and 7-05.00 and Thomas missed on his first attempts at 7-02.50 and 7-05.00.
Sellers made things interesting by clipping the bar on his first attempt at 7-06.00, while Manson cleared on his first and Thomas on his third. Sellers sealed the victory on his second attempt at 7-07.25, while Manson and Thomas were unable to clear. Sellers then made three efforts at the Hornet Stadium record of 7-08.50, which ironically is held by Leeper while competing for Nike in May of 2000.
Friday’s All-America performance by Sellers is his third consecutive win in the last month. During the 2007 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Lincoln, Neb., he cleared 7-07.75 to record a new Big 12 meet, K-State school and stadium records. The effort is also the fourth-highest in NCAA history and the 15th-best performance in U.S. history. Following the meet, Sellers was named the Big 12 Outdoor Male Athlete of the Year by the league’s coaches.
He followed his victory in Lincoln with a win at the 2007 NCAA Midwest Regional in Des Moines, Iowa, with a height of 7-04.50. At the conclusion of that effort, he was named the USTFCCCA Male Field Athlete of the Year.
Lancaster registered a fourth-place clearance of 7-03.75. The senior from Fort Scott, Kan., secured his fourth career outdoor All-American honor and now has seven All-America designations for his career. He is tied with Kenny Harrison (1986-88) and Rollin Prather (1948-49) for the most career outdoor All-America designations.
The All-America honors by Sellers and Lancaster are the 13th and 14th in school history by K-State male high jumpers and the ninth and 10th in the Cliff Rovelto era. Sellers is tied for second in school history with eight other athletes for the most consecutive outdoor All-America selections.
Kaylene Wagner garnered All-America honors on Friday night with an eighth-place finish in the women’s high jump. The senior from Goleta, Calif., cleared a height of 5-10.75 for her second career outdoor All-America citation. Earlier this season, she finished eighth at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a clearance of 6-00.00.
This concludes action for the Wildcats at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
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