The first cross country meet of the season for the Fort Hays State men and women was an overall success. Both the men and women placed second as a team in their races. The Tigers ran at the Loper Twilight Cross Country Meet Friday in Kearney, Neb., at the Meadowlark Hills Golf Course.
The men had a team score of 36 points. The team score put the Tigers 14 points behind the winning team. The Tigers scored 47 points ahead of third place Hastings College.
The top runner for the Tigers was junior Alex Hendee. Hendee ran a time of 19:27 in the 6K race. The time was good enough for a third-place finish. Freshman Cory Keehn placed fourth with a time of 19:29.
The Tigers also placed three more runners in the top 20. Sophomore Kyle Calvin finished in eighth place with a time of 19:55. Sophomore Isaac Mills finished 12th, while freshman Nathan Purdue finished 17th to round out the scoring runners for the Tigers.
The women’s side also fell to Nebraska-Kearney at the meet. The Tigers scored 31 points to the Lopers’ 28 points.
Senior runner Raven Boettger led the way for the Tigers, finishing as the meet champion. Boettger finished the 4,500-meter course with a time of 17:15. Sophomore Kylie Gaughan finished fifth with a time of 17:51, while freshman Alex Nelson finished three seconds behind Gaughan to place sixth. The next two runners for the Tigers were seniors Heidi Hines and Carman Hill. Hines and Hill ran times of 18:24 and 18:29 to finish ninth and tenth for the Tigers.
Boettger finished 25 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. The result was enough for Boettger to be named the MIAA Cross Country Student-Athlete of the week.
The Tigers will now prepare for The Trojan Invitational at Colby County Community College on Friday.