TC cross country places mid-pack in KCAC meet

The Tabor cross country team finished their season on a positive note at the KCAC meet, Saturday, Nov. 4 at Kanopolis Lake. The men finished fifth in the conference while the women placed sixth.

“The races were highly mental because the runners had little contact with spectators,” said coach Karol Hunt. “It was hard to do any coaching during the meet since we could communicate with the runners only at about the one-mile mark and again about 800 meters from the finish.”

Southwestern won the men’s meet with 17 points.

Pete Kleinsasser led Tabor with a 28th-place finish in 30:24. Derek Pridey finished 31st with a time of 30:41. Kevin Nickel was right behind with a time of 30:43. Logan Duerksen finished 41st in 32:11 and Ryan Sperling finished 46th in 32:59.

“Our goal was to come in ahead of Kansas Wesleyan and we were able to do that,” Hunt said. “We battled with them in quite a few races throughout the season.”

Tabor beat KWU by 20 points in the team standings.

In the women’s race, Friends University won with 27 points.

Karen Shearer led Tabor, earning all-conference honorable mention with her 14th-place finish. Shearer finished the race in 22:40.

Hillsboro alum Kara Richert finished second for the team in her final college race. Overall, she finished 26th in the field of 56 runners with a time of 23:59.

Richert is the first four-year letter winner for the women’s team in close to seven years. She has competed through her share of injuries, running in every race during her four years.

Her sister, Esther, finished 28th in 24:08. Erica Fast finished 42nd in 25:45 and Angela Dohm finished 48th in 27:09.

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