ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERICA FAST
Tabor College hosted its invitational cross country meet this week at Marion Reservoir on Saturday. The women repeated as runners up, earning a second-place plaque, while the men secured a third-place finish.
Leading the women were freshman Angie Jost, who won the women’s race in 19:30 and Karen Shearer, who placed fifth in 20:53.
This was the second week in a row that Jost and Shearer have placed first and fifth, respectively. Angela Kleinsasser contributed a strong ninth-place finish in 21:47, earning her T-shirt honors, too.
As a team, the women racked up 48 points, 26 points behind Hutchinson Community College. Other teams competing were Sterling, Kansas Wesleyan, Central Christian, Colby Community and McPherson.
Also scoring for the women were Tia Akers, finishing 17th with a time of 23:15, and Erin Voth, 23rd in 23:32. Esther Richert finished 24th in 23:35 and Jennie Throne 27th in 23:52.
Jost, Kleinsasser, Akers, Voth and Throne all set personal records.
“We ran really well today,” coach Karol Hunt said. “All 13 runners posted a faster time than a week ago. That’s a reflection of our efforts in practice. Both the women and men really push each other during our workouts. This group has a strong work ethic.”
Leading the men were Pete Kleinsasser, who finished 12th in 29:17, and Kevin Nickel, who placed 14th in 29:26.
Also placing for the men were Jeremy Jost, 17th in 29:40, Ryan Sperling, 20th in a personal-record time of 30:23, Derek Pridey, 21st in 30:32, and Logan Duerksen, 22nd in 31:12.
The men scored 72 points as a team, finishing behind Hutchinson and Colby.
“Our team finishes were positive for both teams,” Hunt said. “The only teams coming in ahead of us were community colleges.”
The Bluejays will compete at the Friends Invitational meet at Raft Golf Course near Augusta Saturday, Sept. 29. The women’s race will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the men’s at 11:15 a.m.