Tabor athletes compete at NAIA track meet

Three Tabor College athletes participated in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Olathe, May 22 to 24.

Tamara McCarren placed 14th in the discus competition when she threw it 136 feet, 5 inches. The top point scorer for the Tabor women in field events each of the past three years during regular season, McCarren also throws the shot put, hammer and javelin.

She is the Tabor record holder in the discus and hammer.

“Tammy has been a real asset to our track and field program over the past three seasons, and I am looking forward to a great senior campaign next spring from her,” said coach David Kroeker.

A two-time KCAC high jump champion, Mandi (Whitehead) Janzen placed 11th in the women’s high jump, clearing 5-3.

“Mandi really came on this season in the high jump, setting personal records both at the conference meet and a week later at a meet at Emporia,” Kroeker said.

The third athlete to participate, Landon Goertzen placed 12th in the nation in the men’s 800 meters, which he ran 1:53.34.

He holds the Tabor record at 1:53.2. During the last three weeks of the season, he shaved more than 2.5 seconds off his previous-best.

“Landon is just the consummate competitor,” Kroeker said. “He trains hard and he runs tough. I think he is only going to get faster, and that will really be fun to watch next year.”

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