Bluejays compete in first outdoor meet

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor men’s and women’s track teams traveled to Lindsborg on Saturday, March 15, to compete in their first outdoor track meet of the year, the Swede Invitational in Lindsborg.

Participating in the meet were Bethany, Bethel, Friends, Haskell, Hutchinson Community College, Kansas Wesleyan, McPherson and Ottawa.

Warm temperatures made for an excellent day that produced a number of exceptional first-meet results.

“It was a good first meet for our team,” Tabor coach Dave Kroeker said. “We needed to get into competition to see where we are in our training.”

On the women’s side, highlights included Angela Jost winning the 1,5000-meter run in 5 minutes 18 seconds, Mandi Janzen winning the high jump at 5-feet-2, Tamara McCarren placing second in the discus (132-5), second in the shot put (37-7), second in the hammer throw (59-17), and Lahna Daugherty placing third in the 400-meter low hurdles 1:19.

For the Tabor men, Caleb Stanton placed second in the 400-meter run (49.95 seconds), Landon Goertzen finished second in the 800-meter run (1:59), the mens 4×400-meter relay, which includes Goertzen, Robert Haude, Pete Richert, and Stanton, placed second (3:27), Richert placed third in the 1,500 meters (4:15), Kevin Nickel placed third in the 5,000 meters (16:56), Brian Lightner placed third in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles (59:17), and Brent Brockmueller placed third in the hammer (130-7).

“I thought we competed very well and now we need to work to improve on these initial performances,” Kroeker said.

Tabor’s next meet is this Thursday at Hutchinson Community College.

The meet begins at noon.

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