VICTORIA, Kan. - The Fort Hays State men's cross country team finished ninth at the FHSU Tiger Open Saturday morning (Oct. 9) at Sand Plum Nature Trail. A total of 183 runners from 15 different schools completed the men's Gold 8K race, while 683 runners crossed the finish line across all four races on the day.
Robbie Schmidt shaved more than 40 seconds off his personal-best 8K time, placing fifth with a time of 24:17.0. His previous 8K PR was a 24:57.6 set at this course two years ago. Schmidt was the top finisher from an MIAA school, finishing 2.5 seconds in front of his nearest conference competitor. Grant Bradley completed his first collegiate 8K in 25:26.7, placing 41st. Erick Estrada also ran his best time of the season by more than 34 seconds, finishing 63rd with a time of 25:54.9. Jaret Pfizenmaier came in 95th place with a time of 26:44.5. Gavin Brady was also competing for the first time at the collegiate level, placing 108th after traversing the course in 26:57.2.
Adams State finished first as a team with a total of 84 team points, while New Mexico Highlands' Andrew Amor took the individual title with a time of 23:45.9.
The Tigers will return to action in two weeks when they compete at the MIAA Championships in Kearney, Neb. on October 23. The men's 8K is slated to begin at 12:15 p.m. at Kearney Country Club.
Full FHSU Results
9th - Team - 222 points
5th - Robbie Schmidt - 24:17.0
41st - Grant Bradley - 25:26.7
63rd - Erick Estrada - 25:54.9
95th - Jaret Pfizenmaier - 26:44.5
108th - Gavin Brady - 26:57.2
120th - Trever Medina - 27:19.3
127th - Aaron Mangan - 27:35.1
131st - Matthew Schrag - 27:39.9
139th - Edwin Garcia - 27:54.0
142nd - Caleb Carrasco - 28:01.1
154th - Javyn Contreras - 28:23.7
157th - Ethan Lang - 28:33.6
166th - Sebastian Garcia - 29:19.2
170th - Isaac Radke - 29:37.0
173rd - Ethan Emmons - 29:47.3