Tabor women finish fifth among 12 teams in opening meet, men seventh

Several Tabor College athletes began their season with strong performances at Bethany College on Thursday.

?I thought we competed really well seeing this was our first competition,? said head coach Karol Hunt. ?We had a couple real good performances.?

Leading the way for the women was Karen Shearer, who set a school record in the 5,000-meter run on her way to a first-place finish with a time of 20:21. She followed up this performance by placing fourth in the 1,500-meter run.

Jenae Rademacher led the team in throwing events by placing fourth in the discus, fifth in the hammer, and sixth in the shot put.

Other placing in the meet were Mandi Whitehead with a fifth place finish in the high jump, Rachel Evans with a sixth place finish in the 100-meter hurdles, Melanie Kurtz with a fifth place finish in the 100-meter dash, and Stephanie Graber with a sixth-place finish in the 400 meter hurdles.

On the men?s side Marc Penner set a personal record of 42-61/4 in the triple jump, which earned him a fifth-place finish. Penner also tied with his brother, Adam, for second place in the high jump.

Kevin Nickel ran his first steeplechase and finished fifth.

Robert Smith placed third in both the 400 meter dash and long jump, and fifth in the 200.

Overall, the women?s team finished fifth among 12 teams with 37 points and the men finished seventh with 32 points.

Following are the women?s team results: Hutchinson 213, Sterling 101, Bethany 61, Butler County 39, Tabor 37, Neosho County 27, Friends 24, Pratt 22, Bethel 22, McPherson 14, Kansas Wesleyan 10, Haskel Indian Nation 4.

The men?s teams finished in this order: Hutchinson 189, Bethany 173, Butler County 56, Friends 40, Kansas Wesleyan 40, Bethel 38, Tabor 32, Sterling 28, Pratt 20, Haskell Indian Nations 3, Neosho County 2, McPherson 0.

Tabor will host the ACCK Track Meet this Saturday.

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