KEARNEY & LINCOLN, Neb. – In another weekend of competition, the Fort Hays State men's track and field program split up in Nebraska, with some heading to Kearney and the others traveling to Lincoln. The highlight of the weekend was yet another provisional from Brett Meyer who also earned new personal record.
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Meyer claimed sixth place in the mile with his time of 4:04.23, a time that improved his provisional mark. This time was also a new personal record for the senior. Meyer now sits third on the national performance list for NCAA Division II.
Among the other performances in Lincoln was an 11th place mark in the 3,000-meters for Seppe van 't Westende. The senior clocked a time of 8:30.16. D'Corian Williams finished in 22nd place in the 800-meters with his time of 1:55.88.
Malcom Gardner claimed two top-30 finishes at the meet. In the 400-meters, Gardner claimed 27th place with a time of 50.44. In the 200-meters, Gardner finished with a 29th place mark following a time of 22.36.
Matthew Pieper got the Tigers rolling in Kearney after winning the heptathlon with 4,680 points. Lucas Broxterman also added a first place title for FHSU as he won the long jump with his distance of 22 feet, 5 inches. In the high jump, Kolt Newell took second place with his height of 6 feet, 8 ¼ inches, followed by Broxterman in third at 6 feet, 6 ¼ inches. In the pole vault, two Tigers finished in the top five. Ryan Stanley finished in second with a height of 15 feet, 6 ¼ inches with Mark Faber coming in fifth place at 14 feet, 6 ¼ inches.
Heading towards running events, Peter Franklin finished in third place in the mile with a time of 4:38.11. Brayden Soza captured the 60-meters with a time of 7.16. In the 800-meter run, Robert Loeffler finished in second place with a time of 2:01.49 while Jason Irwin captured fourth place in the same event with his time of 2:07.33.
The Tigers are back in competition mode next Friday (Feb. 8) when they travel to Seward, Neb for a meet at the Concordia Invite.
Goncalves sets new school record
The Fort Hays State women's track and field team split up over the weekend to compete in two meets in Nebraska. With a handful heading to Kearney and the others traveling to Lincoln, the Tigers earned strong marks throughout the two-day event.
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Mirena Goncalves led the way for the women as she set a new school record in the 3,000-meters following her time of 9:58.50. Goncalves placed fifth in the event, breaking the two-year FHSU record set on the same track by Mick Krzesinski.
Yessenia Gonzales captured a high finish in the 5,000-meters with her time of 17:43.59. Gonzales earned a new personal record in her fourth place performance. Grace Buessing was the other placer for the Tigers in Lincoln after she claimed a 26th place finish in the 800-meters with a time of 2:21.35.
In Kearney, the Tigers were strongly represented with their performances. Mattie Rossi got FHSU started by claiming second place in the pentathlon with 3,059 points. In the weight throw, two Tigers finished in the top-ten as Logan Batchman took fifth place with a distance of 43 feet, 4 ½ inches while Macey Steckel earned eighth with a throw of 34 feet, ½ inches. Batchman also won the shot put in Kearney with her throw of 38 feet, ½ inches.
Summer Kragel took the high jump event with her jump of 5 feet, 3 ¾ inches, with teammate Haley Jones coming in fourth place at 5 feet 1 ¾ inches. Rohey Singhateh took third in the long jump with her distance of 17 feet, 6 ¾ inches. In the triple jump, Singhateh claimed second place with 37 feet, 1 ¼ inches.
In the 60-meter hurdles, Peri Lange took second place with a time of 9.27 followed by Rossi in third place at 9.32. Lindsay Shupe won the 60-meters with her time of 7.78. In the 800-meter run, three Tigers finished in the top-five with Carson Pierce in second (2:28.21), Averi Wilson in fourth (2:33.79) and Tessa Durnell in fifth (2:36.76).
Abigail Stewart claimed the 3,000-meters with her time of 11:17.89. The final event of the night went to the Tigers as the group of Lange, Rossi, Lyric Holman and Shupe won the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:05.89.
The Tigers next travel to Seward, Neb for the Concordia Invite on Feb. 8.