WICHITA — The talented youth of the Fort Hays State University men’s track and field team showed its worth Friday and Saturday, as a number of underclassmen led the Tigers to a first-place finish at the Friends Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Wichita.
Sophomore thrower TJ Dozier led the Tigers with a pair of wins. His discus of 151 feet, 11 inches and hammer throw of 169-5 were both good for gold medals.
Jake Morrow, another sophomore, posted a provisional mark and won the pole vault, clearing 15-9.75.
Freshmen Kameron Tate and Christian Delaney added two more wins in the long jump and shot put, respectively. Tate jumped 22-1.75, while Delaney threw 47-9.25.
Kolt Newell, a first-year jumper, moved into the Top 10 nationally and took second with a high jump of 6-9.
The Tiger men scored 200 points, 80 points clear of the second place team.
On the women’s side, FHSU totaled 149 points and finished in second place behind the hosts.
Five different Tigers won events. The Tiger distance runners occupied each of the top three spots in the 5000 meter race. Junior Micki Krzesinski finished in front of teammates Shea Bonine and Chelsea Jackson with a time of 17 minutes, 42.74 seconds. Freshman Sophie Dalmasso won the 1500 meters in 4:58.76.
Scott City graduate Kelly Wycoff took the 200 in 24.68.
In the field events, sophomore Selam Ball cleared 10-9 to win the pole vault, while Courtney Geiger and Rachael Monteil won throwing events.
Geiger took first with a discus throw of 121 feet with Monteil winning the hammer throw at 161-8.
FHSU’s javelin throwers competed at the Grizzly Invitational hosted by Butler Community College over the weekend.
Estefania Lopez, Madison Wolf and Scout Wiebe finished 1-2-3, respectively, with Lopez throwing 153-4 for the win.
The Tigers return to Wichita on Wednesday for the KT Woodman Classic.