Women 5th, men 10th at conference meet


JOPLIN, Mo. – Two runners from the Fort Hays State women’s cross country team earned All-MIAA honors Saturday morning (Nov. 5) at the 2022 MIAA Championships, helping the Tigers to a fifth-place finish out of the 13 league teams. Missouri Southern hosted this year’s six-kilometer championship race at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course.

Regan Hodsden led the Tigers to the line for the third race in a row, finishing sixth in 21:14.8 to collect All-MIAA status. Joining Hodsden on the all-conference podium was teammate Darian Hudgeons, who placed 12th with a time of 21:47.0.

Jaycee Vath finished in 30th place after traversing the course in 22:25.9, while Elizabeth Fender was less than 10 seconds behind in 37th with a time of 22:34.0. Brooke Navarro rounded out the Tiger top five in 50th after crossing the line in 23:05.4.

The Tigers will return to Joplin in two weeks (Nov. 19) for the NCAA Division II Central Region Championships, with the women’s 6K commencing at 11:15 a.m.

Full FHSU Results
5th – Team – 133 points
6th – Regan Hodsden – 21:14.8 *
12th – Darian Hudgeons – 21:47.0 *
30th – Jaycee Vath – 22:25.9
37th – Elizabeth Fender – 22:34.0
50th – Brooke Navarro – 23:05.4
52nd – Emily Salmans – 23:11.6
64th – Faith Little – 23:29.8
69th – Mya Navarro – 23:38.4
80th – Ashlyn Harbaugh – 24:04.4
Gretchen Kuffel – DNF
* indicates All-MIAA honors


The Fort Hays State men’s cross country team placed 10th at Saturday’s MIAA Championships, hosted by Missouri Southern State at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course.

Jaret Pfizenmaier led the team to the finish line for the second race in a row, placing 30th with a time of 25:06.6. Trever Medina navigated the eight-kilometer course in 25:58.0, finishing 62nd, with Aaron Mangan (25:59.5) just behind in 63rd. Erick Estrada crossed the line in 26:06.4, good for 67th place, with Javyn Contreras rounding out the FHSU top five in 74th with a time of 26:14.2.

Missouri Southern won the team title with 41 points thanks to all five runners earning All-MIAA honors, including Gidieon Kimutai (23:38.2) and Ryan Riddle (23:47.9) going 1-2 individually.

The Tigers will return to Joplin in two weeks (Nov. 19) for the NCAA Division II Central Region Championships, with the men’s 10K beginning at 10 a.m.

Full FHSU Results
10th – Team – 275 points
30th – Jaret Pfizenmaier – 25:06.6
62nd – Trever Medina – 25:58.0
63rd – Aaron Mangan – 25:59.5
67th – Erick Estrada – 26:06.4
74th – Javyn Contreras – 26:14.2
86th – Matthew Schrag – 26:34.4
88th – Cori DeBoest – 26:37.14
94th – Lucas Cisneros – 26:54.5
99th – Ethan Fisher – 27:16.8
101st – Ethan Lang – 27:40.4

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