TC runners open season at Baker

Three Tabor women finished among the top 25 runners at the Baker University Maple Leaf Invitational Saturday, leading the Bluejays to a sixth-place team finish.

Angie Jost earned the team’s only medal, finishing the 3,200-meter route in sixth place with a time of 12:26. Karen Patton and Emily Aldis placed 21st (13:01) and 25th (13.16), respectively.

Farther back in the field were: Erin Voth, 52nd in 14:21; Tia Akers, 58th in 14:47; Esther Richert, 63rd in 14:54; and Sarah Frick, 67th in 15:04.

“Erin Voth showed a lot of improvement from her freshman season and placed in the No. 4 (team) spot,” coach Karol Hunt said. “It’s positive for us to have the kind of depth that we have this season.”

In the men’s 5-kilometer race, Kevin Nickel was Tabor’s top finisher, placing 43rd in 17:39. Ryan Sperling was 76th in 18:42, Matt Lynam was 91st in 19:16 and Will Higerd was 100th in 20:00.

“Kevin Nickel…showed he will be a strong performer in the KCAC this year,” Hunt said. “Matt Lynam and Will Higerd showed a lot of potential in their first college races. I am looking forward to watching them develop over the season.

Teams from 16 schools competed in the women’s race, while the men’s race drew teams from 15 schools.

“I think this outing was a strong start to the season,” Hunt said. “We have only a week and a half of workouts as a team, and it was a really hot day. I was proud of the runners for just gutting it out. An early meet like this sets the tone for the rest of the season. I really like the tone that we set.”

The Bluejays’ next meet will be Saturday at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. The men run at 9 a.m., the women at 10 a.m.

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