Tien broke the 34-year old outdoor pole vault record at Fort Hays State with an automatic qualifying mark in a winning effort. He became the first Tiger in history to reach the 17-foot mark in pole vault (indoor or outdoor), clearing exactly that height to win in a field of 12 competitors.
It broke the old FHSU outdoor record of 16-feet, 10-inches cleared by Kim Stewart in 1981. Tien’s effort tied the second best in NCAA Division II this outdoor season and gained him an automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships. The mark also broke the meet record.