By FHSU SPORTS INFORMATION
VICTORIA, Kan. – The Fort Hays State women’s cross country team picked up a third-place finish at the eighth annual FHSU Tiger Open Saturday (Oct. 12). The Tigers placed three runners in the top 21 at their home event, totaling 107 points in the event hosted at Sand Plum Nature Trail.
Brooke Navarro was the top finisher for the Black and Gold, completing the five-kilometer course in 18:32.3. Abigail Stewart earned a 12th-place finish, crossing the line in 18:38.2. Tessa Durnell placed 21st with a time of 18:57.1, while Emily Salmans finished 37th in 19:25.9. Averi Wilson rounded out the team scoring after finishing the race in 19:30.3, good for 41st place.
Southwest Baptist edged out Colorado School of Mines for the team title, 40-43, after the Bearcats swept the podium with runners in first, second and third. Elysia Burgos of SBU captured the individual title with a time of 17:23.4.
In the black race, Faith Chepengat of Iowa Western Community College posted the second-fastest time in course history with a mark of 16:53.3.
The Tigers now have two weeks to prepare for the MIAA Championships, scheduled for Saturday, October 26 in Joplin, Mo. The women’s 6K championship race is set to begin at 10 a.m.