Tabor track teams finish in the top half at Friends

Despite not being at full strength, the Tabor College track team placed in the top half for both men and women at the Falcon Invitational this past weekend at Friends University in Wichita.

?It was a credit to the athletes for the women to finish third and the men fourth since we were not at full strength as a team,? said head coach Karol Hunt. ?Injuries, other Tabor events, and national testing dates effected our depth.?

Bethany won the women?s competition with 113 points. They were followed by Sterling with 101, Tabor 85, Southwestern 58. Friends 52, Kansas Wesleyan 47, Bethel 34 and McPherson 19.

The Bluejays? 4×400 team of Stephanie Graber, Jennifer Meirowsky, Erica Fast and Karen Shearer led the women?s team with the only first-place finish.

Placing second was Shearer in the 800 and 1,500 meters and Graber in the pole vault.

In other field events, Mandi Whitehead set a personal record in the high jump for a fourth-place finish and Marci Sperling placed fourth in the hammer with a personal record.

Jenae Rademacher finished fourth in the triple jump, shot put and hammer.

Bethany also won the men?s competition, racking up 173 points. Friends was second with 155, followed by a distant Kansas Wesleyan with 61, then Tabor 54, Sterling 46, Bethel 41, Southwestern 32 and McPherson 0.

Robert Smith, who won the 400, placed fourth in the 200, and third in the long jump, once again led the men.

Mike Glyn and Pete Kleinsasser finished fifth and sixth in the 800. Kleinsasser also set a personal record in 1,500, which led to a second-place finish.

Other high finishers included Ryan Kliewer, who was second in the pole vault, Derrick Walter who was third in the 400-meter hurdles, and Marc Penner with a third place-finish in the triple jump.

The Bluejays will host the Tabor Invitational today. Field events and running events begin at 2 p.m.

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