Day 3: Stanley wins national title in pole vault

By FHSU SPORTS INFORMATION

ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Fort Hays State track and field team captured one national title and had 12 All-Americans on the third and final day of the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday (May 29). The Tigers finished the week with 15 All-American honors across nine events.

The men’s team finished 17th in the team race with 15 points, while the women placed 46th with three team points.

Ryan Stanley won the national title in the pole vault after clearing a school-record 17-2.75 not once, but twice. Now a four-time All-American, Stanley made quick work of the first two bars, clearing both 15-11 and 16-4.75 on his first attempt. After one miss he made it over the 16-8.75 bar on his second attempt, joining six individuals as the bar went up to 17-0.75.

After seeing four competitors make it over, Stanley joined the group by eclipsing that bar on his third and final attempt. Down to his third attempt again at 17-2.75, the redshirt-sophomore safely made it over the bar and back down to the mat, breaking his previous school record of 17-2.25 in the process.

Stanley and Trivett Jones of Angelo State were the only two athletes to make it over the 17-2.75 bar, while Central Missouri’s Vincent Hobbie cleared the 17-0.75 bar and chose to pass at 17-2.75. No one was able to safely clear the bar at 17-4.5, sending Stanley and Jones into a jump-off while Hobbie finished in a tie for third. The pair both made one more unsuccessful attempt at 17-4.5 before the bar was lowered once again to 17-2.75. Jones went first and failed to clear the bar, setting the stage for Stanley. The Bennington, Kan. native once again cleared the bar, securing the 24th outdoor national championship for Fort Hays State and the ninth during the NCAA DII era. The Tigers have now had a national champ in each of the last four outdoor national meets (Dean Cronin 2017 800m, Madison Wolf 2018 javelin, Brett Meyer 2019 1500m).

The men’s 4x100m relay team of Xavier Robinson, Philip Landrum, Hayden Albright and Malcom Gardner ran their way onto the All-American podium with a time of 40.81 in the finals, finishing sixth and earning the Tigers three team points.

Albright later teamed up with Jack Pakkebier, Nolan Churchman and Ethan Lang to earn All-American status in the 4x400m relay. The Tigers combined for a time of 3:11.49, finishing seventh in the nation and giving FHSU two team points.

Alexandra Hart finished off her freshman season by earning another All-American trophy in the high jump. The Rolla, Kan. native finished seventh after clearing the 5-8 bar. Hart had no trouble with the first height, clearing the 5-5 bar on her first attempt before needing three tries to clear the 5-7 bar. She then got over the 5-8 bar on her second try, becoming the seventh athlete to clear that height.

Lyric Holman secured her second All-American trophy this season when she ran a wind-legal personal-best 24.10 in the finals of the 200m dash, placing eighth. Holman was also an All-American in the 60m dash indoors.

Addie Berens earned second team All-American honors in the javelin throw with a top heave of 131-3, good for 11th place. Fellow freshman Rhyann Brown placed 17th with a toss of 102-11.

Full FHSU Results
Women’s 200m Dash Finals
8th – Lyric Holman – 24.10 @

Women’s High Jump Finals
7th – Alexandra Hart – 5-8 @

Women’s Javelin Throw Finals
11th – Addie Berens – 131-3 &
17th – Rhyann Brown – 102-11

Men’s 4x100m Relay Finals
6th – Xavier Robinson, Philip Landrum, Hayden Albright, Malcom Gardner – 40.81 @

Men’s 4x400m Relay Finals
7th – Hayden Albright, Jack Pakkebier, Nolan Churchman, Ethan Lang – 3:11.49 @

Men’s Pole Vault Finals
1st – Ryan Stanley – 17-2.75 @!

Friday FHSU Results
Women’s 200m Dash Prelims
7th – Lyric Holman – 24.12 Q

Women’s Heptathlon
9th – Mattie Rossi – 4,799 &
100mH – 14.05 – 971
HJ – 5-5.25 – 806
SP – 28-9 – 449
200m – 25.51 – 841
LJ – 16-7.75 – 578
JT – 91-3 – 436
800m – 2:27.98 – 718

Men’s 4x400m Relay Prelims
4th – Hayden Albright, Jack Pakkebier, Nolan Churchman, Ethan Lang – 3:13.58 Q

Thursday FHSU Results
Women’s 100m Dash Prelims
10th – Lyric Holman – 11.81 &

Women’s 400m Hurdles Prelims
14th – Mattie Rossi – 1:03.57

Women’s Hammer Throw Finals
11th – Laurel Haley – 175-6 &

Men’s 4x100m Relay Prelims
6th – Xavier Robinson, Philip Landrum, Hayden Albright, Malcom Gardner – 40.72 Q

Bold indicates National Champion
@ indicates All-American
& indicates second team All-American
! indicates program record
Q indicates qualified for finals on Saturday

Friday

The Fort Hays State track and field teams added another All-American and sent athletes to the finals in two more events on day two of the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday (May 28).

The 4x400m relay team of Hayden Albright, Jack Pakkebier, Nolan Churchman and Ethan Lang earned a spot in Saturday’s finals after running the fourth-fastest time in the preliminary round. The squad combined for a time of 3:13.58, including splits of 1:37.78 at the second hand-off and 2:26.58 at the third exchange.

Lyric Holman secured a spot in the finals of the 200m dash with a wind-legal personal-best time of 24.12 in the preliminary round. She placed third in her heat and seventh overall in the prelims and will run in the finals tomorrow evening at 6:25 p.m.

Mattie Rossi battled wet, windy and cold conditions to complete the final three events of the heptathlon in the morning, compiling a total of 4,799 points to place ninth and earn second team All-American honors. She cleared a distance of 16-7.75 in the long jump before recording a top toss of 91-3 in the javelin throw. The sophomore capped off the event with a time of 2:27.98 in the 800m run.

The Tigers will have athletes in six events on championship Saturday, including Ryan Stanley in the pole vault at 10:30 a.m. CT, Rhyann Brown and Addie Berens in the javelin throw at 10:45 a.m., Xavier Robinson, Philip Landrum, Albright and Malcom Gardner in the 4x100m relay finals at noon, Albright, Pakkebier, Churchman and Lang in the 4x400m relay finals at 3 p.m., Alexandra Hart in the high jump at 4:15 p.m. and Holman in the 200m dash finals at 6:25 p.m.

Full FHSU Results
Women’s 200m Dash Prelims
7th – Lyric Holman – 24.12 Q

Women’s Heptathlon
9th – Mattie Rossi – 4,799 &
100mH – 14.05 – 971
HJ – 5-5.25 – 806
SP – 28-9 – 449
200m – 25.51 – 841
LJ – 16-7.75 – 578
JT – 91-3 – 436
800m – 2:27.98 – 718

Men’s 4x400m Relay Prelims
4th – Hayden Albright, Jack Pakkebier, Nolan Churchman, Ethan Lang – 3:13.58 Q

Thursday FHSU Results
Women’s 100m Dash Prelims
10th – Lyric Holman – 11.81 &

Women’s 400m Hurdles Prelims
14th – Mattie Rossi – 1:03.57

Women’s Hammer Throw Finals
11th – Laurel Haley – 175-6 &

Men’s 4x100m Relay Prelims
6th – Xavier Robinson, Philip Landrum, Hayden Albright, Malcom Gardner – 40.72 Q

Q indicates qualified for finals on Saturday
& indicates second team All-American

Thursday

Student-athletes representing the Fort Hays State track and field team competed in five events on day one of the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday (May 27), with Two Tigers earning All-American honors and one event moving on to the finals.

Mattie Rossi began the day by competing in the first four events of the heptathlon. The sophomore sits in sixth after day one with a point total of 3,067. She opened the event with the second-fastest time in the 100m hurdles, crossing the line in 14.05. The Oak Creek, Colo. native then cleared a personal-best 5-5.25 in the high jump, the third-best mark in the field.

Next up was the shot put, where Rossi tossed the implement 28-9 on her first attempt. She rounded out the day with a time of 25.51 in the 200m dash, sixth-fastest in the field.

After about a six-hour break, Rossi competed once again in the preliminary round of the 400m hurdles, placing 14th with a time of 1:03.57.

The 4x100m relay team of Xavier Robinson, Philip Landrum, Hayden Albright and Malcom Gardner qualified for Saturday’s finals after posting a time of 40.72 in the prelims, finishing third in their heat and sixth overall.

Laurel Haley earned second team All-American status with an 11th-place finish in the hammer throw. After a mark of 170-5 on her first attempt, she improved that mark by more than five feet on her second toss of the afternoon, recording a top heave of 175-6.

Lyric Holman also picked up second team All-American honors with a 10th-place finish in the prelims of the 100m dash, crossing the line in 11.81.

Rossi, Holman and Albright will all compete again on Friday in day two of the national meet. Rossi will wrap up the heptathlon with the final three events beginning at 8:30 a.m. CT, while Albright will run alongside Jack Pakkebier, Nolan Churchman and Ethan Lang in the prelims of the 4x400m relay at 3:05 p.m. Holman will then look to advance to the finals of the 200m dash when she runs in the prelims at 4:20 p.m.

Full FHSU Results
Women’s 100m Dash Prelims
10th – Lyric Holman – 11.81 &

Women’s 400m Hurdles Prelims
14th – Mattie Rossi – 1:03.57

Women’s Hammer Throw Finals
11th – Laurel Haley – 175-6 &

Women’s Heptathlon
6th – Mattie Rossi – 3,067
100mH – 14.05 – 971
HJ – 5-5.25 – 806
SP – 28-9 – 449
200m – 25.51 – 841

Men’s 4x100m Relay Prelims
6th – Xavier Robinson, Philip Landrum, Hayden Albright, Malcom Gardner – 40.72 Q

Q indicates qualified for finals on Saturday
& indicates second team All-American

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