CONCORDIA — In their final tune-up before the 2019 installment of the MIAA Outdoor Championships, the Fort Hays State men's track and field team competed at the Cloud County Invitational in Concordia, Kan. On the day, four events went to the Tigers alongside other strong, high-placing finishes.

Each of the first place finishes for the Tigers came in field events, led by Ryan Stanley and Mark Faber ending in a tie in the pole vault with a top jump of 14 feet, 11 inches. Gilbert Peters took the shot put with his throw of 51 feet, 9 inches, followed by Jacob Gaughan winning the discus at 146 feet, 9 inches. Hunter DeGarmo was the final first place finish for the Tigers as he won the hammer throw with a hurl of 170 feet, 10 inches.

Adrian Soto captured a third place finish in the 100-meters at 11.38 followed by an eighth place finish in the 200-meters at 22.90. Shane Finegan finished in seventh place in the 200-meters with a time of 22.77. Finegan also captured a fifth place finish in the 400-meters at 50.68, with Jack Pakkebier coming in eighth at 52.55.

In the 800-meters, Luke Oatney finished in sixth place at 1:57.65, Jorge Gallegos came in eighth at 1:59.85 and Robert Loeffler earned a 10th place finish at 2:01.52. Loeffler also earned a 1,500-meters fifth place finish at 4:13.14, followed by a sixth place finish by teammate Abraham Garcia at 4:13.74. In the 5,000-meters, five Tigers placed in the top-ten with Israel Barco (fourth), Kaleb Crum (sixth), Michael Eisenbarth (seventh), Garcia (eighth) and Peter Franklin (ninth).

In hurdles, Sabino Medrano captured two top-ten finishes as he earned third in the 100-meter hurdles at 16.05 and fourth in the 400-meter version at 55.74. In the 4x400 meter relay, Gallegos, Oatney, Loeffler and Garcia finished in second place at 3:35.12.

Moving to field events, Kolt Newell led the Tigers in the high jump with a second place finish at 6 feet, 7 inches. Lucas Broxterman earned third in the event at 6 feet, 5 inches and Blayne Godshall finished in sixth at 6 feet, 3 inches. In the pole vault, Jonathan Ball came in third at 14 feet, 5 inches, Brandon Ball earned fifth at 13 feet, 5 inches and Christopher Ball finished in seventh at 12 feet, 11 inches.

Godshall added a fourth place finish in the long jump and Sam Garrison earned third in the shot put at 49 feet, 2 inches. Trey Teeter captured a runner-up position in the javelin with a throw of 169 feet, 7 inches. In the hammer throw, Garrison added a fourth place finish at 132 feet, 10 inches and Seth Boxberger came in fifth place at 128 feet, 7 inches. In the discus, Peters finished in third (139 feet, 9 inches, DeGarmo earned fourth (132 feet, 6 inches), Garrison clocked a fifth place finish (131 feet, 2 inches) and Boxberger rounded out the event in eighth place (115 feet, 4 inches).

The Tigers will get a short break before competing in the MIAA Championships May 3-5 hosted by Central Missouri in Williamsburg, Mo.

The Fort Hays State women's track and field team competed in a mid-week meet in Concordia, Kan hosted by Cloud County Community College. The Tigers captured numerous high places, including winning six events.

Tiger women claim six events

Lindsay Shupe claimed a first place finish in the 400-meters with her top-time of 57.17, followed by a winning time in the 5,000-meters by Abigail Stewart with a time of 18:57.81. Summer Kragel captured the high jump with her height of 5 feet, 5 inches while Kayla Smith finished in the top spot in the triple jump with her distance of 38 feet, 4 inches. Logan Batchman earned the top podium place in the shot put with her throw of 41 feet, 5 inches alongside a first place finish in the hammer throw by Julia Wagner at 165 feet, 5 inches.

Bree Hysaw claimed a runner-up finish in the 100-meters with a time of 12.82 as well as a third place finish in the 200-meters at 26.19. Lucy Giles placed seventh at 28.20 and Haley George finished in 10th at 28.87 in the 200-meters as well. Giles also gathered a seventh place finish in the 400-meters at 1:02.39.

In the 800-meters, Carson Pierce finished in third place at 2:26.51 with Averi Wilson finishing in fifth place at 2:27.72. Wilson also added a second place finish in the 1,500-meters at 5:01.82 alongside a fifth place finish by Carson Pierce (5:10.78), seventh place finish by Rylea Oliver (5:18.72) and a tenth place finish by Rebeca Avelar (5:32.30). Tessa Durnell added a third place finish in the 5,000-meters at 20:29.24. The Tiger quad made up of Covarrubias, Stowers, Wilson and Pierce earned a runner-up finish in the 4x400 meter relay at 4:28.77.

In field events, George added a second place finish in the high jump at 5 feet, 4 inches with Haley Jones coming in third at 5 feet, 2 inches alongside Robin Ritsema boasting the same mark. In the pole vault, Cheyenne Nickelson claimed second place with her height of 10 feet. Rohey Singhateh picked up a second place finish in the long jump with Abby Burton coming in fifth in the same event. The triple jump saw three Tigers place in the top-ten with Abby Burton coming in third at 36 feet, 4 inches and Mariah Hammersmith right behind her at fourth place with a jump of 36 feet, 0 inches.

Laurel Haley came in third place at 120 feet, 4 inches, Logan Batchman earned fourth at 117 feet, 3 inches and Macey Steckel finished in fifth place at 107 feet, 6 inches in the discus. Haley earned second in the hammer throw at 160 feet, 10 inches, Batchman finished in third at 138 feet, 1 inche and Steckel earned fifth in the hammer throw at 111 feet, 1 inch. Rounding out the field finishes for the Tigers is a third place finish in the javelin by Kaci Vaughn at 114 feet, 11 inches and a fourth place finish in the same event by Kalynn Foster at 88 feet, 1 inch.

The Tigers will get a short break before competing in the MIAA Championships May 3-5 hosted by Central Missouri in Williamsburg, Mo.