KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yessenia Gonzales of Fort Hays State track and field has been named the MIAA’s Track Athlete of the Week. Gonzales is the first Tiger female to earn an athlete of the week honor this season.

Gonzales captured the mention after winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Emporia State Spring Invite over the weekend. She boasted a first-place winning time of 11:44.86 to defeat the rest of the field. This time sits Gonzales at No. 26 in NCAA DII.

Gonzales and the rest of the Fort Hays State Tigers look ahead to this Thursday as they host their lone home meet of the season in the Alex Francis Classic. Field events are slated to start at noon, with running events commencing at 2 p.m.