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FHSU soph has record-setting meet

By The Hays Daily News

Fort Hays State University sophomore Makayla McPhail led the way for the Tigers at the MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Emporia State University.

McPhail broke the school record in the javelin with a toss of 159 feet, 4 inches, beating the previous record by 9 inches — set by Regina Taylor in 1999.

McPhail won the event by nearly 10 feet with a throw that is the second-best in the country this season.

As a team, the women finished eighth, and the men placed fifth.

Junior Alex Hendee earned a silver in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15 minutes and 18 seconds and a bronze in the 1,500-meter run in three minutes and 55.12 seconds — just 0.33 off first.

Sophomore Jake Durham finished second in the javelin with a throw of 196-2, which is a provisional mark, and freshman Jordan Carlisle placed second in the high jump with a leap of 6-8.5.

In the pole vault, FHSU had three of the top five finishers.

Sophomores Brett Ottley, from Victoria High School, and Derrick Snodgrass finished second and third with marks of 16-2 and 15-10 — both provisional marks. Freshman Brady Tien, from Logan, finished fifth.

Senior Tim McElroy, also from Logan, took second in the hammer throw with a toss of 191-2, and senior Cameron Rieth finished third in the 10,000-meter run in 32:07.49.