Tien breaks 34-year old pole vault record; FHSU men win three events at ESU

Fort Hays State men’s track and field competed at the Emporia State Mid-Week Open on Wednesday in Emporia. Brady Tien broke the 34-year old outdoor pole vault record at FHSU with an automatic qualifying mark in a winning effort. The FHSU men won three other events and posted one provisional mark.

Tien became the first Tiger in history to reach the 17-foot mark in pole vault (indoor or outdoor), clearing exactly that height to win in a field of 12 competitors. It broke the old FHSU outdoor record of 16-feet, 10-inches cleared by Kim Stewart in 1981. Tien’s effort tied the second best in NCAA Division II this outdoor season and gained him an automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships. The mark also broke the meet record.

The Tigers were victorious in the 800 meters, 5,000 meters, and 4×100-meter relay, setting meet records in all three events. Michael Kinuthia topped a field of 20 athletes in the 800 with a time of 1:53.34. Seth Parres won the 5,000 in a time of 15:23.86. The 4×100-meter relay team of Nate Simpson, Dillando Allotey, CJ Wilson, and Rodrigo Alves won with a time of 41.68 seconds.

Brenner Wells gained a provisional mark in the men’s javelin. He finished third in the event, but threw 205-feet, 11.25-inches. That puts him 16th on the national performance list this year.

Alves and Allotey turned in top-three finishes in the sprints. Alves finished second in the 100 meters in 10.95 seconds, while Allotey was third in the 200 meters in 22.22 seconds. Ryan Hopkins finished third in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:02.59. Jacob Thomas finished second in the 5,000 meters in 15:30.13. Jordan Carroll was second in the triple jump with a distance of 47-feet, 0.75-inches.

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