Two different cross country meets produced two different champions last week.
The Fort Hays State University women’s cross country team started its season last week with senior Raven Boettger crowned the meet champion at the University of Nebraska – Kearney Twilight Meet.
This week, freshman Alex Nelson was the meet champion at the Colby County Community Invite on Friday. Nelson finished the 4K course with a time of 15:49, 12 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Nelson helped the Tigers to a 19-point team total and a meet victory.
The Tigers placed eight runners in the top nine.
The next seven runners for the Tigers placed third through ninth.
Freshman Hannah Robinson ran a time of 16:13, followed by sophomore Carman Hill, freshman Bailey Zimmerman, and sophomore Marie Schaller, who finished with times of 16:25, 16:28, and 16:32, respectively.
Nelson’s performance was enough to get her selected as the MIAA Cross Country Runner of the Week. Nelson is the second Tiger runner in two weeks to receive the honor. Boettger was the recipient last week.
The men’s cross country team also had a strong showing in Colby.
Junior Alex Hendee finished second overall, the top finisher for the second-place Tigers. Hendee finished the 5K race in a time of 15:22.
Freshman Cory Keehn was the next runner for the Tigers, followed by junior Danny Simon, freshman Nathan Purdue, and sophomore Chase Killer, who ran times of 15:33, 16:10, 16:12, and 16:20, respectively.
Both teams will travel to Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday for the Woody Greeno Invitational.