ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIC CLARK
If senior leadership could be measured in a glass, the Tabor College cross country team would be running over the edges.
In her eighth season with the Bluejays, head coach Karol Hunt believes this may be the best squad she has ever coached.
“It’s a senior-dominated group,” Hunt said. “Both teams are going to be stronger than they were last year. I’m looking for them to really develop well.”
The men are led by three-time national qualifier Jeremy Jost. He is the key to the success of the men’s team, according to Hunt.
“What we haven’t had is a No. 1 runner and Jeremy brings us that,”Hunt said. “He went to nationals three years in a row. That says something.”
Hunt’s overall observation of the men’s team is positive.
“I’m really excited about the men I have returning,” Hunt said. “They have a good work ethic and should contribute.”
The women’s team, meanwhile, will be lead by newcomer Angie Jost, Jeremy’s sister.
“This is the strongest women’s teams I have ever coach,” Hunt said. “I see Angie being really strong for us this year. The genes in that family are pretty good. She will be our No. 1 female runner.”
Tabor should be in the middle of the pack in the KCAC, Hunt said. But her overall philosophy for this year’s season isn’t about winning. It’s about advancing.
“Right now our freshmen are untested,” Hunt said. “I want to take our runners from where they are and improve. I haven’t seen anybody else in the KCAC yet, so I have no idea how we’ll stack up.”
Tabor will begin their season Saturday when they travel to Baker University for a two-mile race for the women and a five-kilometer race for men at 11:15 a.m. and 11:40 a.m., respectively.