Jays’ cross country team tunes up for KCAC meet

The Tabor cross country team ran through wet, muddy conditions this week at the Southwestern Invitational, Saturday, Oct. 28.

The majority of the runners improved their times from last week, which is a key for the team as they head into next week’s conference meet.

The men finished 20th in a tough field of 21 teams. Four of the five men cut their times from last week.

Derek Pridey paced the men, finishing first for the team for the first time this season. He finished 121st in the field of 207 runners with a time of 29:54.

Kevin Nickel finished just one second behind Pridey with his second-fastest performance of the season. He finished 122nd in 29:55.

“Four different men have finished first for the team this year,” said coach Karol Hunt. “That is healthy for a team because it promotes competition within the group.”

Pete Kleinsasser finished 135th in 30:42. Logan Duerksen was 143rd in 31:24 and Ryan Sperling finished 150th with a time of 31:58.

On the women’s side, three of the four competing turned in faster times from last week. Angela Dohm did not run because of an illness.

Karen Shearer continued to lead the women, finishing 50th in 21:44. She was able to take a minute off her time from last week.

Esther Richert finished with a time of 23:57, placing her 95th in the field of 159 runners. Kara Richert finished 100th in 24:23 and Erica Fast finished 116th in 26:12.

Tabor will compete in the KCAC championship meet hosted by Bethany College this Saturday. The women’s race will begin at 10 a.m. at Lake Kenopolis. The men will run at 11 a.m.

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