Records fall at Alex Francis Classic

By FHSU SPORTS INFORMATION

The 17th-ranked Fort Hays State women’s track and field team made quite a showing at its lone home meet of the season, posting six provisional performances, breaking two school records and winning seven events at the Alex Francis Classic on Friday (April 30).

After breaking the 100m record last week in Pittsburg, Lyric Holman smashed FHSU’s 200m dash record this week with a time of 23.71 to place first in the race. The time was .24 seconds faster than the old record set seven years ago. The sophomore now sits in third on the NCAA Division II provisional chart in addition to topping the 100m dash list. Holman won the 100m dash again this week, posting a time of 11.58.

Laurel Haley broke her own school record in the hammer throw, finishing second with a career-best toss of 186-3. The sophomore now sits in 11th on the national performance chart. Haley also placed second in the discus with a heave of 138-7.

Alexandra Hart continued her undefeated season in the high jump, clearing a provisional height of 5-7 to win for the ninth time in nine tries this year. Summer Kragel also cleared the 5-7 bar to improve her provisional mark. Kragel placed second on a judge’s decision after her personal-best outdoor leap that is just .25 inches shy of her all-time best.

The final provisional mark belonged to Addie Berens, who won the javelin competition for the third time this season. The freshman placed first with a heave of 148-2 on her second toss of the day.

Taylor Linn took home the title in the pole vault a personal-best clearance of 11-9.75 on her third and final attempt at the height. It was 2.5 inches higher than her previous career high. Maleigha Schmidt placed second in the vault after soaring over the 11-1.75 bar.

Other event winners on the track included Emily Salmans, who crossed the line first in the 400m dash with a time of 58.80. Layne Needham also won the 100m hurdles with a personal-best time of 14.77, good for 12th on the MIAA performance list. Chloe Stanley finished second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.98.

Tori Poe placed second and third in the sprint races, finishing just behind Holman with a time of 12.14 in the 100m dash before placing third in the 200m dash in a time of 24.99.

Abigail Stewart was second across the line in the 1500m run in a time of 4:54.13, just .03 seconds behind her personal best.

The Tigers will next compete in the MIAA Championships, slated for May 8-9 in Pittsburg, Kan.

Full FHSU Results
100m Dash
1st – Lyric Holman – 11.58
2nd – Tori Poe – 12.14
7th – Layne Needham – 12.59
8th – Kendra Clary – 12.63
9th – Chloe Stanley – 12.76

200m Dash
1st – Lyric Holman – 23.71 !
3rd – Tori Poe – 24.99
5th – Layne Needham – 25.85
7th – Kendra Clary – 26.49
8th – Chloe Stanley – 26.53
18th – Ella Benkendorf – 28.17
23rd – Haley George – 29.71

400m Dash
1st – Emily Salmans – 58.80
8th – Hannah Wiebe – 1:01.84
14th – Ella Benkendorf – 1:”05.37

800m Run
14th – Zoie Shupe – 2:41.67
15th – Emily Stewart – 2:45.21
17th – Celeste Zamarron – 2:53.15

1500m Run
2nd – Abigail Stewart – 4:54.13
5th – Brooke Navarro – 5:02.73
11th – Carson Pierce – 5:11.93
16th – Mya Navarro – 5:23.36
20th – Celeste Zamarron – 6:01.73

100m Hurdles
1st – Layne Needham – 14.77
2nd – Chloe Stanley – 14.98
7th – Haley George – 16.59

4x400m Relay
2nd – Zoie Shupe, Ella Benkendorf, Kendra Clary, Carson Pierce – 4:29.64

High Jump
1st – Alexandra Hart – 5-7
2nd – Summer Kragel – 5-7
4th – Haley George – 5-5

Pole Vault
1st – Taylor Linn – 11-9.75
2nd – Maleigha Schmidt – 11-1.75
5th – Cheyenne Nickelson – 10-10
7th – Breanna Schmitz – 9-8

Long Jump
6th – Paris Wolf – 17-4

Triple Jump
3rd – Paris Wolf – 35-8.5

Shot Put
4th – Hailey Rhodes – 38-0.25

Discus
2nd – Laurel Haley – 138-7
5th – Jessie Castellucci – 126-9

Hammer
2nd – Laurel Haley – 186-3 !
11th – Hailey Rhodes – 102-4

Javelin
1st – Addie Berens – 148-2
3rd – Rhyann Brown – 125-7

Bold indicates NCAA DII provisional mark
! indicates school record

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