Tabor hosted the KCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Joel H. Wiens Stadium Monday and Tuesday.
“The men’s and women’s teams rose to the occasion and really performed well at our conference meet,” coach Dave Kroeker said.
For the men, 14 top-three finishers led the team to a second-place finish with 149 points behind Friends (182) in a field of 10 teams.
The Bluejay men enjoyed four gold medals: Michael Klaassen in the hammer (163 feet, 83⁄4 inches) and the shot put (47-33⁄4), Garrett Daugherty in the 1,500 (3 minutes, 59.99 seconds, a new school record), and the 4×800 team of Bret Mueller, Daugherty, Phillip Magos and Nathan Vogel (7:43.72, fourth best in the NAIA, and a new school record).
The men were aided by five second-place finishes: Vogel in the 800 (1:54.42), Robert Nenadal in the hammer (147-8), Jacob Heil in the 3,000-meter steeple (9:56.85), Joel Allen in the 10,000 (32:51.33), and the 4×400 team of Magos, Vogel, Daugherty and Mueller (3:22.20).
Five Bluejays placed third: Magos in the 400 (50.51), Daugherty in the 800 (1:54.80), Ryan Chippeaux in the high jump (6-4) and javelin (171-41⁄4), and Heil in the 5,000 (15:25.60, new school record).
The Tabor women, meanwhile, claimed third as a team with 134 points behind Friends (184) and Southwestern (167).
The Bluejays were led by Emily Post and Tynan Honn who combined for five gold medals.
Post earned top honors in all three of her events: triple jump (40-11⁄4, the best distance in the NAIA this year, a new meet record and NAIA “A” Qualifier), high jump (5-7) and long jump (17-103⁄4).
Honn claimed gold in the shot put (44-31⁄4, NAIA “B” Qualifier, a new school record) and hammer (144-81⁄2).
Three Tabor events placed second: Kristen Harris in the pole vault (10-113⁄4, a new school record), Makenzie King in the 400 (1:00.45), and the 4×800 team of Harris, Brielle Lund, Ashley Kemling and King (9:43.42).
The women were aided by four third-place medals: Ruthann Ralstin in the hammer (131-1⁄4), Lund in the 1,500 (4:54.01) and the 5,000 (18:59.53) and Honn in the discus (119-10).
All top-three finishers earned All-KCAC honors.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with how our teams performed last week,” Kroeker said. “There were so many great performances. Our seniors really led the way in ending their KCAC careers in outstanding fashion. They will all be missed next year.”
Emporia State—Tabor athletes competed at the ESU Last Chance Meet Saturday.
“The day was highlighted by an inspired performance by Jacob Heil in the 5-K, where he broke his own school record that he set on Tuesday,” coach Dave Kroeker said. “His time of 15:09.73 was just short of a national qualifying effort.
“Jacob has had a terrific senior track season. His determination and gutty performances have been a tribute to his untiring effort to be the best he could be as a distance runner.”
Coming—Nine Bluejays will compete at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships in Marion, Ind., May 23-25: Post, Honn, the men’s 4×800 (Vogel, Daugherty, Magos, Mueller and alternate, Aaron Johnson), Jacob Heil and Joel Allen.