TC women win second straight meet

Led by a 1-2 finish by Angie Jost and Karen Patton, the Tabor College women’s cross country team won its second straight meet title Saturday, Sept. 28, at Kansas Wesleyan.

Tabor tallied only 37 points, edging Hutchinson Community College with 48, Cloud County Community College with 57 and Friends University with 76. Runners from KWU and McPherson also competed.

Jost won her second straight individual title at this meet with a time of 20 minutes 12 seconds. Patton was only 12 seconds behind with a strong 20:24.

“Patton ran the best race of career,” coach Karol Hunt said. “Her goal this season has been to finish a race in second place behind Angie, and she was able to do that today. She is running with a lot of confidence and held off a feisty Cloud County runner who tried to draft off her throughout the race.”

Patton’s time also qualified her to be nominated for the NAIA Scholar Athlete honor.

“I was really excited about Karen’s race,” Hunt said. “She was able to do some things that we have been working on.”

Emily Aldis placed seventh for Tabor in 21:52 and Esther Richert was 13th in 22:49 to earn a T-shirt for a top-15 finish.

Also running for the Jays were Tia Akers, who was 18th in a season-best time of 23:11, Sarah Frick, who placed 19th in 23:15, and Erin Voth, who was 23rd in 23:47.

For the Tabor men, Kevin Nickel was the top finisher, placing 12th in 28:54. Ryan Sperling was 25th in 30:31, Matt Lynam 32nd in 31:37, and Will Higerd 37th in a person-record 34:08.

Tabor did not have enough runners to compete as a team. Cloud County won the team title, followed by Friends and McPherson.

Hutchinson, Bethany and McPherson also had runners competing.

“We are progressing well at this point in the season.” Hunt said. “This is an extremely focused group, and their hard work is paying off.

Tabor’s next meet will be the NAIA Mid-States Championships hosted by Southwestern College in Winfield on Friday.

The women will run at 4 p.m. and the men at 4:45 p.m.

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