ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College track team had a record-setting day at Southwestern College Saturday in a tune up for the KCAC track meet.
Some strong teams from Oklahoma and all the KCAC schools except Ottawa helped prepare the teams for this week’s conference championships at Friends University.
For the men, Landon Goertzen continued to dominate in the 800-meters, winning in a season-best time of 1 minute, 56.76 seconds.
Kevin Nickel placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase field, with a personal-best time of 9:46.37.
Jeremiah Randall had four throws better than his previous best distance, including a throw of 138 feet 10 inches, which placed him sixth in a strong field.
Brent Brockmueller placed third in the hammer throw with a toss of 142-5.
On the women’s side, Bluejays set numerous records.
Senior Mandi Janzen won the high jump by clearing 5-2.
Rachel Evans, also a senior, placed second in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.31. Her electronic time met the provisional standard of 15.35 to qualify for the NAIA national meet at the end of May.
The 4x800m team of Angela Jost, Shannon Kroeker, Becky Jons and Karen Patton shattered the school record they had set earlier this season (10:18) with a time of 9:59.03. The team placed third.
The 4x400m team of Amber McKillip, Shannon Kroeker, Karen Patton and Angela Jost placed second in 4:20.40.
Patton also broke her own school record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 20:11.64, which was good enough for fifth place.
Tamara McCarren bettered her own school record in the hammer throw with a heave of 132-2.
Erin Voth became the first woman in Tabor history to compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
“We had a great day on the track and in the field events as well,” coach Dave Kroeker said. “We had nine personal records set Saturday and all of the relay teams for both the men and women ran season best times.
“A lot of hard work payed off at Southwestern for a lot of our athletes,” Kroeker said. “They are to be congratulated.
“My assistants also need to be commended for their efforts in preparing our athletes to perform at their best,” he added. “They deserve a lot of credit for the kind of improvements we have seen throughout this season.”
Helping Kroeker are Shelby Wehrman (sprints/long jump/ relays), Suzy Best (middle distance/distance/triple jump), and Andy Shewey (high jump).
“Now the test will be at the KCAC meet this weekend,” Kroeker said. “We need to cap off a great season of individual accomplishments with a great team effort at Friends.”
The KCAC Championships will be contested at Friends on Friday and Saturday. Field events will start at 3 p.m., Friday, and 1 p.m., Saturday. Running events will start at 5 p.m., Friday, and 4 p.m., Saturday.