Bluejays run home with 3rd- and 4th-place finishes at Wesleyan

On a last-minute decision, the Tabor College cross country team competed at the Kansas Wesleyan University Invitational Saturday. The women finished third among seven teams with 72 points and the men placed fourth with 121.

“We ran a little tired today, but I think we met the challenge pretty well,” coach Karol Hunt said. “Originally, we had planned to take the weekend off, but when Ottawa canceled their meet, we decided we did not want to lose an opportunity to run.”

Angie Jost won her fourth race of the season with a time of 19 minutes 55 seconds. Jost was challenged throughout the race by Ruth Limo of Hutchinson Community College before pulling away in the final 800 meters. Hunt said she was proud of Jost’s mental toughness in capturing the win.

Karen Shearer and Angela Kleinsasser ran second and third on the team once more. Shearer placed eighth in the field of 40 finishers in 21:03, and Kleinsasser finished 15th in 22:09.

Also competing for Tabor were Esther Richert, 26th at 23:55; Tia Akers, 32nd at 24:19; Jennie Throne, 33rd at 24:33; and Erin Voth, 34th at 24:50.

Leading for the men for the third straight race was Pete Kleinsasser. He finished 20th in the field of 47 runners, posting a time of 29:08. Kevin Nickel finished a close 22nd in 29:17.

Derek Pridey finished third on the team, his highest team finish of the season. He placed 29th overall in 30:13. Ryan Sperling finished 31st in 30:36, Logan Duerksen finished 32nd in 31:06, and Jeremy Jost was 34th in 31:20.

The Bluejays compete next Saturday at the NAIA Mid-States Championship meet hosted by Southwestern College in Winfield. The women’s race begins at 10:15 a.m. and the men’s at 11 a.m.

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