KEARNEY, Neb. – Nine Tigers ran away with first place finishes at the UNK Loper Invitational held Wednesday and Thursday. The Fort Hays State women's track and field team also achieved eight provisionals at the meet, continuing their showing in the outdoor season.

 Wednesday night gave the Tigers their first top finish as three FHSU athletes swept the top spots in the 5,000-meter. Lindsay Roberts claimed the event with her time of 17:57.56, with teammates Yessenia Gonzales (18:09.06) and Lauren Roberts (18:33.66) following close behind.

Thursday would see eight more top finishes for the women, starting with Amber Forbes claiming first place in the 100-meters at 11.93, a provisional mark as well as a personal best. Kelly Wycoff produced two championship performances on the day, both alongside provisional and personal bests. In the 200-meters, Wycoff defeated the field with her time of 24.08, while capping her 400-meter performance with a time of 54.95.This time sets Wycoff to the No. 2 position in Division II.

 The two Tiger relay teams earned first in their respective differences. First, the squad of Forbes, Wycoff, Yanoudji Diarra and Sharee Zombo captured the 4x100 with a time of 46.84, a provisional mark and personal record for the group. In the 4x400 relay, Lindsay Schupe, Diarra, Forbes and Wycoff ran away from the field with their top time of 3:57.57.

Three first place finishes were completed in field events for Fort Hays State. Leading the way was Madison Wolf who continues her streak of winning every meet on the season, as she topped the javelin field with her provisional throw of 155 feet, 10 inches. Teammate Alexcia Deutscher was close behind in the runner-up position while also claiming a provisional at her distance of 143 feet, 5 inches. Two

Tigers finished in the top-three in the pole vault, with Selam Ball claiming the field at 12 feet 3 ½ inches, a provisional mark. Halie Turner hit a height of 11 feet, 11 ¾ inches to come in third place. Summer Kragel out-jumped her competitors in the high jump, winning the event at 5 feet, 2 ¼ inches.

The Tigers are next in action April 19-21 as they travel to Lawrence for the Kansas Relays.

Tiger men produce seven first-place finishes

After moving up their competition to today, the Fort Hays State men's track and field team wasn't fazed by the shorter preparation time. The Tigers produced seven first place finishes, while earning five provisional marks at the UNK Loper Invitational held in Kearney.

 The winning for the Tigers started Wednesday night as three athletes swept the top spots in the 5,000-meter run. Oscar Carmona won the event with his time of 15:03.91, followed by teammates Robbie Schmidt (15.17.97) and Layton Werth (15:28.71).

Malcom Gardner captured his provisional, while also claiming the top place in the 200-meter with his time of 20.97, a new personal record. Gardner also finished in the runner-up position in the 400-meters, coming in at 49.05. Kyle Comstock ran away with the first place finish in the 110 hurdles, finishing the task in 14.70. In the longer hurdles at 400-meters, Weston Riner claimed the victory at 54.85. Israel Barco took the 3,000-meter steeplechase event, clocking a time of 9:49.81.

The Tigers also remained dominate in field events, starting with Kolt Newell earning both first place and a provisional in the high jump with his height of 6 feet, 8 ¾ inches. Two provisionals were met in the pole vault, as Jake Morrow finished in the runner-up position at 16 feet, 9 ¼ inches, followed by teammate Sam Dreiling coming in just below at 16 feet, 7 ¼ inches. TJ Dozier claimed his first place in the discus with a throw of 173 feet, 9 inches. This mark was also good enough for a provisional. Dozier earned his second provisional by finishing in second place in the hammer throw, boasting a distance of 188 feet, 10 inches. Derek Bixenman also earned a runner-up finish in the javelin throw, going for 173 feet, 9 inches.

Fort Hays State is back in action April 19-21 as they travel to Lawrence for the Kansas Relays.