KEARNEY, Neb. – The Fort Hays State women’s track and field team traveled to MIAA foe Nebraska-Kearney on Sunday (April 14) for the Loper Invitational. On the day, three events went to the Tigers with other notable performances taking place for FHSU.
Abby Stewart got the day started for the Tigers on the track as she captured first place in the 10,000-meters. Stewart navigated the track with a top-time of 39:56.47. Two field events went the Tigers as Alexcia Deutscher earned yet another top throw in the javelin, this time with a distance of 136 feet, 3 inches. The final top finish for Fort Hays State was a 5 feet, 3 ¾ height in the high jump as Summer Kragel claimed the first place.
Numerous Tigers finished in the top-ten in Kearney, including a ninth place finish in the 100-meters for Bree Hysaw with a time of 12.71. However, Hysaw’s top performance of the day was a fourth place finish in the 200-meters following a time of 26.46. In the 800-meters, three Tigers finished in the top-ten, led by Averi Wilson in fifth (2:27.41), Lucy Giles in eighth (2:37.44) and Lourdes Cavarrubias in ninth (2:37.78). Wilson also claimed a fourth place finish in the 1,500-meters with a time of 5:06.15.
Right behind Stewart in the 10,000-meters was Tessa Durnell who captured a runner-up time of 41:47.21. Courtney Batchman turned in a seventh place finish in the 100-meter hurdles as she finished the feat with a time of 17.59. Batchman also clocked a fifth place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:10.85. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Carson Pierce placed fourth at 12:56.29 and Rylea Oliver clocked a fifth place time of 13:04.85. A Tiger quad made up of Hysaw, Giles, Covarrubias and Tabby Stowers earned a third place finish in the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 4:20.49.
On to field events, Robin Ritsema placed third in the high jump at 5 feet, 3 ¾ inches with Haley Jones coming in sixth at 5 feet, 1 ¾ inches. Rohey Singhateh captured eighth in the long jump with a distance of 17 feet, 2 ¾ inches along with a third place finish in the triple jump at 37 feet, 5 inches. Kayla Smith posted a ninth place finish in the long jump at 17 feet, 2 ¼ inches with a fourth place finish in the triple jump at 37 feet, 1 ¾ inches. Mariah Hammersmith claimed seventh in the triple jump at 35 feet, 11 ¼ inches with Abby Burton on her heels in eighth place at 34 feet, 6 ¾ inches.
In the shot put, Logan Batchman placed sixth with her throw of 41 feet, 1 inch while placing 10th in the discus at 116 feet. Laurel Haley finished in fourth in the discus with her throw of 138 feet, 6 inches. Haley also added a sixth place finish in the hammer with a throw of 164 feet, 3 inches. In the javelin, Kaci Vaughn captured sixth at 110 feet, 7 inches and Kalynn Foster earned an eighth place finish with her throw of 100 feet, 11 inches.
The Tigers will make a big trip out west as they will compete in the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif starting Wednesday (April 17).