AZUSA, Calif. — After three days of competition in California, the Fort Hays State women's track and field team earned multiple strong finishes, as well as a provisional. The Tigers competed in the Bryan Clay Invitational hosted by Azusa Pacific this past Wednesday through Friday, an event which brought in over 10,000 entries.
Alexcia Deutscher earned the lone provisional for the Tigers over the week after placing 11th in the javelin with her throw of 142 feet, 3 inches. Alongside this provisional was a first place finish by Yessenia Gonzales who navigated the 5,000-meters with a top time of 17:41.14.
Among these two performances were multiple high finishes in the competitive event. The women's 4x400 relay, made up of Peri Lange, Lindsay Schupe, Mattie Rossi and Grace Buessing place 12th with a time of 3:57.65. In the high jump, Summer Kragel claimed 13th with her height of 5 feet, 5 inches. In the discus, Laurel Haley finished in 20th place with her throw of 136 feet, 3 inches and Peri Lange totaled 4,258 points in the heptathlon to finish in 11th place.
Besides California, FHSU was being represented elsewhere this week. Julia Wagner participated in the Kansas Relays as she earned an 18th place finish in the hammer throw with her distance of 143 feet, 5 inches.
The Tigers are back in action in their final meet before conference championships as they travel to Concordia, Kan for the Cloud County Invitational on Thursday.
Tiger men claim seven provisionals in California
The Fort Hays State men's track and field team enjoyed the week in California participating in the Bryan Clay Invitational hosted by Azusa Pacific. Throughout the three-day meet, the Tigers earned numerous provisional marks alongside strong performances.
Philip Landrum earned two provisional with an 11th place finish in the 100-meters at 10.55, followed by a fifth place finish in the 200-meters with a time of 21.07. Malcom Gardner was close behind in the 200-meters, claiming his provisional with a 12th place time of 21.24.
Brett Meyer continues to make his mark as he earned a provisional in the 1,500-meters with his 29th place time of 3:44.60. In the high jump, Kolt Newell captured seventh place to earned his provisional with a jump of 6 feet, 9 inches. Ryan Stanley finished in 14th place in the pole vault with his provisional height of 15 feet, 9 inches. Rounding out the provisional marks for the Tiger men on the week was a sixth place finish in the decathlon to Matthew Pieper who totaled a provisional-worthy 6,386 points.
Throughout the weekend, other Tigers earned top-ten times including a runner-up finish in the 5,000-meters by Justin Moore with a time of 14:47.85. Layton Werth placed seventh with a time of 31.24.14 in the 10,000-meters. The men's 4x100 relay, made up of Brayden Soza, Landrum, Gardner and Matthew Pieper earned a tenth place finish at 41.82.
Fort Hays State also sent two runner to participate in the Kansas Relays this past week as well. Reed Rome and Robbie Schmidt turned in times in the 5,000-meter run with Rome claiming a tenth place finish at 15:01.96 and Schmidt coming in 21st at 15:42.07.
The Tigers are back in action in their final meet before conference championships as they travel to Concordia, Kan for the Cloud County Invitational on Thursday (April 25).