Men fourth, women fifth at Roadrunner Invite

DENVER, Colo. – The Fort Hays State men’s cross country team competed well on Friday (Sept. 17), placing fourth at a competitive Roadrunner Invitational. Three nationally-ranked teams and two Division I teams had entries in the race.

The Tigers picked up 106 points in the team standings, 10 points clear of host MSU-Denver. Robbie Schmidt led the Tigers in ninth place, traversing the eight-kilometer course at Washington Park in 25:05.7.

Caleb Carrasco was the next Tiger to cross the line, placing 29th with a time of 26:22.9. Jaret Pfizenmaier (26:39.3) and Erick Estrada (26:42.0) finished back-to-back, placing 37th and 38th, respectively. Aaron Mangan rounded out the FHSU top five in 56th with a time of 27:27.2.

Colorado School of Mines, the top-ranked team in the country, won the team race with five runners in the top 10, including individual champion Chris Cathcart and his time of 24:16.9.

The Tigers are scheduled to run again next Friday (Sept. 24) when they head to Emporia State for the ESU Invitational beginning at 5 p.m.

Full FHSU Results
5th – Fort Hays State – 106 points
9th – Robbie Schmidt – 25:05.7
29th – Caleb Carrasco – 26:22.9
37th – Jaret Pfizenmaier – 26:39.3
38th – Erick Estrada – 26:42.0
56th – Aaron Mangan – 27:27.2
60th – Edwin Garcia – 27:54.4
62nd – Jakob Edholm – 28:04.4
66th – Trever Medina – 28:32.6
71st – Ethan Emmons – 29:04.2
73rd – Matthew Schrag – 29:10.9
76th – Javyn Contreras – 29:42.1

Women

The Fort Hays State women’s cross country team placed fifth at the Roadrunner Invitational on Friday (Sept. 17) at Washington Park. The Tigers finished one spot higher than UC-Colorado Springs, the ninth-ranked team in the country.

Fort Hays State picked up 143 points in the team standings, 16 more than UCCS and 43 clear of Division I Wyoming.

Running the first six-kilometer race of the season, Abigail Stewart placed 18th with a time of 23:01.7. Brooke Navarro traversed the course in 23:34.6, good for 29th. Emily Salmans placed 37th with a time of 24:06.8, while Jaycee Vath crossed the line in 24:34.8 to place 48th. Darian Hudgeons was the fifth Tiger across the line, placing 52nd with a time of 24:53.7.

Colorado School of Mines, the No. 2-ranked team in the country, took the team title with 27 points after placing five runners in the top nine. Megan Mooney from DI Colorado State took the individual crown with a time of 21:21.9.

The Tigers are scheduled to run again next Friday (Sept. 24) when they head to Emporia State for the ESU Invitational beginning at 5 p.m.

Full FHSU Results
5th – Fort Hays State – 143 points
18th – Abigail Stewart – 23:01.7
29th – Brooke Navarro – 23:34.6
37th – Emily Salmans – 24:06.8
48th – Jaycee Vath – 24:34.8
52nd – Darian Hudgeons – 24:53.7
53rd – Carson Pierce – 24:57.9
58th – Hannah Burks – 26:14.0
71st – Hannah Wiebe – 26:44.2
75th – Marina Johnson – 27:38.6

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