The Fort Hays State University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams were back in action this past weekend.
The team traveled to Pueblo, Col., to compete in the Colorado State University-Pueblo Classic. Both the men’s and women’s teams placed second overall in the meet. The women scored 92 points and placed second out of 20 competing schools, finishing just behind Black Hills State University, who won with 96 points.
The men scored 117.75 and placed second out of 14 competing schools. They fell short to Chadron State College, who topped the field with 143 points.
The Tigers came away with four first-place finishes – three on the men’s side and one on the women’s.
Junior Mitch Sahlfeld placed first in the hammer throw and improved his provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Division II Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a throw of 192 feet, 6 1/4 inches. Sahlfeld also provisionally qualified in the discus throw, but that event was canceled this meet due to weather.
Another first-place finished included junior Tim Markloff, who won the javelin with a distance of 183 feet, 5 1/2 inches. The other first place finisher on the men’s side was junior Cole Ginther. Ginther won the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:04.69.
The lone first-place winner on the women’s side was sophomore Morgan Witzel. She increased her provisionally qualifying mark in the high jump with a jump of 5 feet, 6 inches.
There were several other top placements for the women’s and men’s side.
On the women’s team, juniors Raven Boettger and Hali Mobley finished second and third in the 800-meter run with times of 2:21.53 and 2:22.07.
Junior Kelsey Martin placed third in the 100-meter hurdles. FHSU placed second in the 4×400 meter relay. Junior Carissa Heim came in third in the long jump while Ashley Cornett finished second in the triple jump with a jump of 37 feet, 9 1/4 inches. Heim also finished second in the women’s heptathlon.
As for the men’s side, freshman Robert Segura placed third in the 800-meter run. Jordan Ungles finished tied for second in the pole vault with a vault of 14 feet, 9 inches.
Junior Tim McElroy and senior Ian Reel placed second and third behind Sahlfeld in the hammer throw to take the top three spots in that event. McElroy was right behind Sahfeld with a throw of 191 feet, 10 inches. He improved his season’s provisional mark. Freshman Blake Phillips finished two spots behind Markloff, earning third place in the javelin.
The Tigers are back in action this Saturday when they travel to Newton to compete in the Bethel College Invitational.