Women’s track wins Central Nebraska Challenge


KEARNEY, Neb. – The Fort Hays State women’s track and field team came away with its second team victory in as many events this outdoor season with a first-place finish at the Central Nebraska Challenge Saturday (April 3) at Kearney High School. The Tigers tallied five provisional marks and took home five first-place finishes individually.

Lyric Holman began her outdoor season where she left off indoors, winning two events and nearly recording two provisional performances. The sophomore won the 100m dash with a provisional time of 11.77 before winning the 200m dash with a personal-best time of 24.09. Her 200m time is well under the provisional threshold of 24.40, but with a wind reading of 4.4 the mark will not be recognized on the provisional list.

Alexandra Hart picked up yet another victory in the high jump, clearing the 5-8.5 bar to finish first for the seventh time this season. With her name already on the NCAA DII provisional list, the freshman took three good jumps at an automatic-qualifying height of 5-9.75 but failed to clear the height.

Summer Kragel was just behind Hart, finishing second after clearing an NCAA provisional mark of 5-6.

Freshman Addie Berens won the javelin throw with a toss of 141-1, surpassing the provisional threshold for the second time this season.

Laurel Haley posted another provisional mark in the hammer throw this week, placing fourth with a heave of 173-1. Her season-best mark sits at 178-3, accomplished two weeks ago in Emporia.

Elsewhere on the track, Emily Salmans placed first in the 800m run with a time of 2:15.99, with Faith Little just behind her in second with a mark of 2:17.73.

Chloe Stanley was second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.24 before she placed third in the 400m hurdles when she crossed the line in 1:06.96.

Abigail Stewart placed third in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:54.67.

At the end of the day Holman, Salmans, Hannah Wiebe and Stanley teamed up to place second in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:55.33.

The Tigers are scheduled to return to competition next weekend (April 9-10) when they travel to Wichita, Kan. for the K.T. Woodman Classic, hosted by Wichita State University.

Full FHSU Results

100m Dash
1st – Lyric Holman – 11.77

200m Dash
1st – Lyric Holman – 24.09 W
8th – Tori Poe – 26.13
12th – Kendra Clary – 27.19
16th – Ella Benkendorf – 28.90

400m Dash
9th – Tori Poe – 1:03.15
10th – Ella Benkendorf – 1:05.84
11th – Zoie Shupe – 1:08.04

800m Run
1st – Emily Salmans – 2:15.99
2nd – Faith Little – 2:17.73
5th – Hannah Wiebe – 2:19.11
16th – Emily Stewart – 2:47.15
17th – Celeste Zamarron – 2:49.26

1,500m Run
3rd – Abigail Stewart – 4:54.67
8th – Carson Pierce – 5:11.83
15th – Gretchen Kuffel – 5:26.97

100m Hurdles
2nd – Chloe Stanley – 15.24
4th – Layne Needham – 15.82
6th – Haley George – 16.64

400m Hurdles
3rd – Chloe Stanley – 1:06.96
5th – Layne Needham – 1:09.97

4x400m Relay
2nd – Lyric Holman, Emily Salmans, Hannah Wiebe, Chloe Stanley – 3:55.33
6th – Faith Little, Tori Poe, Ella Benkendorf, Zoie Shupe – 4:18.31

High Jump
1st – Alexandra Hart – 5-8.5
2nd – Summer Kragel – 5-6
4th – Haley George – 5-2.25

Pole Vault
2nd – Taylor Linn – 11-6.5
4th – Cheyenne Nickelson – 11-0.75
6th – Maleigha Schmidt – 11-0.75
9th – Breanna Schmitz – 9-7

Shot Put
13th – Hailey Rhodes – 38-4

12th – Jessie Castellucci – 113-6

Hammer Throw
4th – Laurel Haley – 173-1
38th – Hailey Rhodes – 100-11

1st – Addie Berens – 141-1
3rd – Rhyann Brown – 136-10

Bold indicates NCAA DII provisional mark
W indicates wind-aided provisional mark (not eligible for postseason selection over 4.0 m/s)

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