HAYS, Kan. — Freshman Gidieon Kimutai took home first place among individual runners while leading the Missouri Southern men to a second-place standing at the seventh annual Fort Hays State Tiger Open on Saturday.

Kimutai finished the 8K run in a time of 24 minutes, 58 seconds, winning by nearly three seconds. Nickson Kiptoo finished 12th for the Lions in a time of 25:29, while Cody Berry placed 20th in a time of 25:42. Michael Shanahan (25:46) crossed in 27th, while Josh Webb (25:46) placed 28th.

Rounding out the Lion men’s day, Kevin Koester placed 40th in 25:59, Jared Ozee was 48th in 26:08, and Tadd Capron was 65th in 26:23.

The MSSU women placed fourth as a team and were led by Ashlee Kuykendall’s 12th-place mark in the 5K in a time of 18:39. Julianna Determan crossed the line in 23rd in 19:14, while Sarah Usher placed 32nd in 19:28.

Alice Evans placed 44th in 19:46, while Mady Gepford took 48th in 19:52. Gabrielle Hill was 61st in 20:13.

Division I Air Force Academy (53) took first place in team standings of the men’s race, with the Lions (76) taking second. West Texas A&M placed third, followed by Adams State in fourth and Fort Lewis in fifth in a field of 16 teams.

The MSSU women’s fourth-place finish was bested by first-place Air Force, second-place Adams State and third-place Metro State. Fifth-ranked Colorado Mines rounded out the top-five finishes in a field of 17 teams.

Southern cross country is in action at Central Missouri next weekend.

MSSU volleyball falls to FHSU

HAYS, Kan. — Missouri Southern volleyball got double-doubles from Janelle Brehm and Shaylon Sharp, but Fort Hays State wound up on top with a 15-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-25 win on Saturday.

Southern (2-18, 2-8 MIAA) was led by Brehm and Sharp. Brehm finished with 19 digs and 17 kills, while Sharp finished with 12 kills and 11 digs. Kylee Kaaihue led the Lions with 42 assists, while Morgan Nash closed with a team-high 23 digs. Mikayla Monk and Alicia Pickett had four and three blocks, respectively.

Hays (7-15, 1-9 MIAA) had two in double-figure kills, led by Isabelle Reynolds’ team-high 16.

The first set saw the score tied twice, to go along with on lead change, but an 8-0 run for the Tigers midway through the set was the turning point.

There were five ties and two lead changes in the second set before FHSU built an 18-10 advantage, forcing a Southern timeout. The Lions came out of the timeout and went on an 8-4 run to cut the lead to 22-18, the closest MSSU would get to lead before falling in the second set.

Southern used a mid-set run to force a change in the third set. Trailing 9-6, the Lions went on an 8-3 run to take a 14-12 lead. Fort Hays tied the set at 18-all, but Southern went on a 5-3 run to lead 23-21 before scoring the final two points to take the set.

The fourth set swung back in favor of the Tigers. FHSU jumped out to a 10-7 lead, which stretched to 21-12 late before finished off the win.

The Lions host Southwest Baptist at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Young Gymnasium.