TC women 3rd in KCAC meet

Led by the performances of Meghan Coe and Tamara McCarren in field events, the Tabor College women finished third at the KCAC meet Friday and Saturday at Friends University in Wichita.

The Tabor men finished seventh in the nine-school field.

Coe won the only event for for the women by heaving the shot put 39-1. McCarren, meanwhile, racked up 20 team points by placing second in the shot, third in javelin, fourth in discus and fifth in the hammer throw.

The other Bluejay women who competed in throwing events also scored. Angela Kroeker placed third in the discus and Jerri McCurry was fourth in the hammer throw.

Other All-KCAC performances included a second-place finish by Rachel Evans in the 100-meter hurdles, a third-place in high jump by Mandi Whitehead, a third-place in pole vault by Stephanie Graber, and a second-place finish for the 4×400-meter team of Evans, Kroeker, Amber McKillip and Chrissy Previtera.

“I was especially pleased to see a couple of women really compete well who were injured,” said coach Dave Kroeker. “Karen Shearer and Chrissy Previtera ran with a lot of pain because of late-season injuries and I applaud them for their efforts.”

Shearer finished fifth in the 3,000 meters and eighth in the 1,500 meters. Previtera placed sixth in the 200 meters.

Southwestern dominated the women’s competition with 185 points-94 points ahead of second-place Friends. Tabor followed with 78 points.

On the men’s side, Landon Goertzen and Jimmy Janzen came away with the Bluejays’ only first-place finishes.

Goertzen continued his dominance in the 800 meters with a winning time of 1:58.46, more than a second ahead of his nearest challenger.

Janzen cleared 6-4 and claimed first-place on fewer misses than the runner-up from Sterling College, Chris Kemp, who also cleared 6-4.

Tabor’s only other all-conference performance came from Adam Penner, who placed third in the high jump by clearing 6-2.

Other scorers for Tabor were Ernest Nortey, finishing fourth in the long jump, and Jeremy Jost, who finished fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Southwestern dominated the men’s team competition, too, accumulating 185 points to 121 for second-place Friends. Tabor finished with 37.

Kroeker was pleased with his team’s effort and the progress the track program has made this season.

“I enjoyed my first year of coaching at Tabor,” he said. “The athletes were very accepting of me and they worked extremely hard to better themselves.

“I am looking forward to next season,” he added. “We have the foundation on which to build a championship track-and-field program at Tabor. It will take a lot of work on the part of the returning athletes, good recruiting on my part, administrative support, and community support to do it, but it can be done.”

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