Heather Polson, senior high jumper, competes in high jump on Friday March 16 at Welch Stadium. The Hornets placed third as a team for the ESU Spring Open, according to


The Emporia State track and field team kept their momentum from indoor track rolling and opened their outdoor season with third place team finishes for the men and women on Friday at Welch Stadium.

Lati Yeargin, senior sprinter, won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.94. The performance ranks her fourth in ESU history for the event, as well as contributing to her being named MIAA Women’s Track Athlete of the Week.

Yeargin also ran the anchor leg of the women’s 4x100m, which was made up of Yeargin, Jazmin Williams, sophomore sprinter, Hannah Shield junior sprinter and Malacia Lee, senior sprinter. The relay earned a gold medal and the fifth best time in school history.

Another ESU relay, the women’s 4x400, placed second overall with a time of 46.66. The relay was made up of Williams, Elizabeth Blevin, graduate sprinter, Kelsey Graber, junior pole vaulter and Kaycee Mayfield, junior sprinter.

To round out the women’s medals, Leah Nelson, junior mid distance runner, placed second in the 800-meter dash.

On the men’s side, Brandon Rhone, freshman sprinter, picked up a first place finish in the 400-meter dash. Cole Bosley, junior distance runner won the 800-meter dash, finishing with a time of 1:58.81.

The men’s 4x400 relay, consisting of Duke Tibbs, senior sprinter, Luke Stenzel, sophomore sprinter, Parker Evans, junior sprinter and Taysean Goodwin, junior sprinter, also took first in their race, adding to the men’s team gold medals.

The men also grabbed several second place finishes at the meet.

Wyatt Sander, senior multi athlete, finished second in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, and Brian Newkirk, senior distance runner, placed second in the 5000-meter run. Alec Garcia, senior thrower, finished second in the shot put and third place in the discus.

The Hornets will be back in action at home on March 31, when they host the ESU Relays.

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