A pair of Fort Hays State University women’s javelin throwers helped the Tiger track and field teams sweep the Friends University Spring Open, the team’s first outdoor competition, in Wichita on Friday.
Senior Estefania Lopez and Junior Madison Wolf secured spots in the NCAA championships with automatic qualifying distances. Lopez won the event and leads the nation with Friday’s throw of 166 feet, 1 inch, while Wolf sits third nationally at 161-6.
The other Tiger throwers helped FHSU edge Friends, 72-70. Baja Robinson won the shot put with a distance of 41-7.75, while sophomore Courtney Geiger took the discus at 135 feet. Senior Rachael Montell took the hammer throw at 144-7.
FHSU also added points on the track. Sophomore Shea Bonine won two other event wins in the middle distances. She won the 800 meters in 2 minutes 27.4 seconds and the 1,500 in 5:01.2. Micki Krzesinski continued FHSU’s success in longer distances with a win in the 5,000 meters with a time of 18:04.19.
The Tiger men scored two provisional marks en route to another FHSU win. Kolt Newell, a freshman from Damar, cleared 6-8.75 in the high jump to run away with the event. No other jumper cleared 6-5. Friday’s jump puts Newell in sixth place in the nation.
Sophomore Jake Morrow also won the pole vault and placed 15th nationally with a height of 15-7.25.
As Bonine did on the women’s side, freshman Brett Meyer took men’s 800- and 1,500-meter races. The Scott City native won the 800 in 2:02.45 and the 1,500 in 4:13.18. Meyer also joined the victorious 4x400 relay team alongside Dillando Allotey, Rodrigo Alves and Israel Barco.
Sophomore TJ Dozier added a pair of event wins, taking the discus at 157-11 and the hammer at 149-6 inches. Freshman Christian Delaney and junior Brenner Wells added wins in the shot put and javelin, respectively, to complete a strong showing for the Tiger throwers.
Freshman Kal Hamm added a win in the 110-meter hurdles (15.38 seconds), while Troy Wineinger, a sophomore from Tribune, won the 5,000 meters in 15:31.05.
The Tiger men cruised to victory with 86.5 points. The hosts finished in second place with 49.5 points.
Both Tiger teams return to action on Saturday, April 2 at the Emporia State Relays.