(HAYS, Kan.) – TSJC attended their largest meet to date, facing off with 18 colleges, mostly junior colleges, at the 2016 Fort Hays State Tiger Open on Saturday morning in Hays, Kansas. 165 runners competed in the women's division and 186 ran on the men's side. TSJC had strong showing in both with the men placing third overall and the women coming in ninth.
The TSJC women's team was back at the 5K after moving to a 6K last weekend. The Trojans were facing 18 other squads, including five ranked in the top-20 of the NJCAA. TSJC ran well scoring 264 points, just behind #17 ranked Dodge City. Wyonna Martin placed 46th overall with a time of 19:59.6. Winona Martin was close behind her sister again in 50th place with a time of 20:07.0. Maria Montes finished 59th running a 20:24.9. Brianna Molina (20:47.8) finished 78th and Margarita Jones (20:55.9) placed 87th for the Trojans. Iowa Western's Shanieke Watson won the race with a time of 17:57.1 and Cowley County CC claimed the team title.
"I was really proud of the women's team as a whole. I think that they made a big step this weekend. They averaged nearly a minute faster per person, as well as had the best pack time of any team. I look forward to what they are going to do next," Coach Martin said.
The Trojan men's team continued their steady improvement with a third place showing. They also were competing with five other nationally ranked teams in the race. The Trojans tied Cowley County CC with 136 points overall but lost the tiebreaker to the Tigers. Allen County won the overall with 60 points.
Elias Gedyon claimed the individual title for the Trojans, TSJC's first individual crown in the men's division, with a time of 24:43.9 in the 8K. Cloud County's Thobile Mosito was second, just edging out Trojan Daniel Haymes who finished third with a time of 25:15.5. Cody Latone (26:49.9) was 41st, Nick Molina (27:30.7) was 61st Manual Villegas (28:05.0) crossed in 89th place.
Coach Martin stated, "The men ran a great race. All five athletes hit personal record times. As they continue to gain confidence in racing, they are only going to get better. I am extremely proud of both Elias and Dan. They showed what it means to work together as a team."
The Trojans are done with regular races now and will have the next three weeks to prepare for the Region IX Championships in Gillette, Wyoming at the end of the month.