EMPORIA – The Fort Hays State women's track and field team kicked off its outdoor season at the Emporia Spring Invite on Saturday. On the day, the Tigers brought home two individual titles alongside a provisional.

Yessenia Gonzales claimed the title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:44.86. Summer Kragel capped a first place performance in the high jump with her mark of 5 feet, 5 inches. Alexcia Deutscher earned both a personal record and a provisional in the javelin with a throw of 160 feet, 2 inches, good enough for second place.

Among the first place finishes, the Tigers performed strong in all aspects of the competition. Lindsay Shupe took seventh in the 200 meters with a time of 25.47, as well as a third place finish in the 400 meters with a time of 59.58. Lyric Holman also placed high in the 400 meters, coming in sixth at 1:00.81.

In the 1,500-meters, Grace Buessing took seventh with a time of 5:04.92, alongside a ninth place finish by Averi Wilson who came in at 5:08.04. In the 5,000-meters, Abigail Stewart claimed third place with a time of 19:12.57. Rylea Oliver gave the Tigers another top-ten finish by coming in sixth place in the 3,000-meters steeplechase at 12:42.75.

Heading to track events, Haley Jones took fourth place in the high jump at 5 feet, 1 inch. Rohey Singhateh got her outdoor season off on a strong start following a fourth place finish in the long jump at 18 feet, ¼ inch. Singhateh also took home a third place finish in the triple jump with her distance of 38 feet, 4 ¼ inches. Kayla Smith rounded out the top-ten finishes in the triple jump with her jump of 36 feet, 5 inches.

Laurel Haley claimed ninth place in the discus with her throw of 141 feet, 6 inches. In the hammer throw, Julia Wagner achieved an eighth place finish with a throw of 145 feet, 2 inches.

The Tigers will be back on the track for their lone home meet of the season. The Alex Francis Classic will be held in Hays on Friday (March 29).

Newell takes first

Outdoor season is upon us as the Fort Hays State men's track and field team welcomed the season at the Emporia Spring Invite. The Tigers competed in the event, held Saturday, and had a strong showing to kick start the season.

Kolt Newell led the way for Fort Hays State following a first place finish in the high jump. Newell performed a 6 foot, 8 ¾ inches jump to also give him an NCAA provisional.

Alongside Newell's provisional, the Tigers boasted strong showings throughout the event. Robbie Schmidt placed third in his first time competing in the steeplechase with a time of 10:00.21. Justin Moore claimed a personal record in the 5,000-meters with a time of 14:59.8.

Philip Landrum took third in the 200 meters with a time of 21.69, followed closely by Malcom Gardner coming in sixth place at 22.06. The two also placed in 13th and 11th in the 400 meters.

Behind Schmidt in the steeplechase, three other Tigers placed in the top-ten. Peter Franklin crossed the line in fourth at 10:07.62, with Robert Loeffler in fifth at 10:13.06 and Christopher Nemechek rounding out the places with ninth with a mark of 10:42.73.

Heading to field events, Lucas Broxterman finished at the heels of Newell as he came in third place in the high jump at 6 feet, 4 3/4 . In the pole vault, Mark Faber finished in fourth at 15 feet, 1 inches and Ryan Stanely took seventh with a mark of 14 feet, 7 ¼ inches. Broxterman also claimed third in the long jump at 22 feet, 5 ¼ inches.

Jacob Gaughan took sixth in the discus with a throw of 161 feet, 7 inches. Cameroun Fouts finished out the strong performances on the day with a ninth place finish in the javelin at 179 feet, 9 inches.

Among other performances this week, FHSU sent a handful of multi athletes to Wichita State. Matthew Pieper led the way at that meet, claiming second in the decathlon after completing the event with 6,167 points.

The Tigers are back on the track on Friday (March 29) for their lone home meet in the Alex Francis Classic in Hays.