ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College track teams competed in a cool and breezy track meet at McPherson College Saturday.
Due to spring break, not all Tabor team members chose to participate in the meet, but several individuals recorded outstanding performances.
For the men, Clint Reed, a freshman from Hope, set a new Tabor high jump record with a leap of 6 feet 8 inches to win the event.
“Clint jumped well, but the weather was windy and cool,” coach Dave Kroeker said. “I think he certainly has the ability to jump even higher.”
Reed was followed closely by Matt Rorabaugh, who cleared 6-6 to capture second.
“Matt was way over 6-8, but he didn’t quite hold the arch long enough and just clipped the bar,” Kroeker said.
Sophomore Brian Lightner placed second in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 58.79 seconds.
“Brian will get better and we’ll have tough workouts in the next couple of weeks,” Kroeker said. “I expect their times to start getting a lot better.
“He ran a 55.31 last year and I don’t have any doubt he’ll run faster than that this season.”
Landon Goertzen placed second in the 800 meters in a time of 1 minute 57.9 seconds.
Placing third in the javelin was Lee Waldron with a throw of 156-3.
Trent Voth captured fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.19 seconds while Lightner finished in sixth in 16.29.
Ryan Sperling captured sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:49.53.
Rorabaugh added a fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 40-2.
Brent Wichert threw the discus 117-91/2 inches to capture sixth.
The 4×400 relay team finished third in 3:38.24 while the 4×100 team captured fifth in 45:34.0.
The Tabor women also produced several outstanding results, including a school record in the hammer throw.
Tamara McCarren broke her own record with a toss of 133-7 to finish third.
“The hammer is something you don’t do in high school and this is the fourth year Tamara has actually thrown the hammer,” Kroeker said.
” She’s getting better and she’s focusing on the discus and hammer more this season.”
McCarren also captured third in the discus with a throw of 123-10 and fourth in the shot put with a toss of 36-11.
Trista Hanley took fifth in the discus at 112-3.
Freshman Ashley Sherrer finished second in the high jump at 5-0 and claimed fourth in the triple jump at 34-5.
Freshman Jennifer Palmgren, placed second in the 100-meter dash in 13.5 and captured fifth in the pole vault by clearing 7-6.
Jennie Throne ran 1:18.73 in the 400-meter hurdles to bring home fourth.
Tabor’s 4×100 team finished second in 55:16 while the 4×400 team finished second at 4:45.5.
Since it was an “open” meet, no team scores were kept.
The Tabor team will be back in action Saturday, April 3, when it travels to Wichita to compete at Friends University beginning at 10 a.m.