Bluejays set to challenge for KCAC track title

The Tabor College track teams tuned up for the KCAC meet next week by competing at Southwestern College on Saturday, April 24.

After a rainy start to the day, the clouds cleared and a number of strong performances were turned in.

Strong competition from conference schools as well as Fort Hays State, throwers from Doane College in Nebraska and teams from Southern Nazarene, Oklahoma Christian and Rhema Bible College contributed to a strong field in many events.

For the men, Landon Goertzen captured first place in the 800-meter run with a time of 1 minute 54.71 seconds; Matt Rorabaugh placed second in the high jump at 6 feet 4 inches.

The men’s 4x400m relay team of Matt Rorabaugh, Jeff Anenson, Tim Jones and Goertzen ran its fastest time of the season at 3:20.35 to finish second.

Three Tabor athletes were held out of action because of injuries, including conference high-jump leader Clint Reed, hurdler Brian Lightner and 200/400-meter specialist Caleb Stanton.

For the women, Tamara McCarren reset her own school hammer record with a heave of 133-9.

Ashlee Helmley placed second in the long jump with a leap of 16-41/4 while Ashley Sherrer broke her own school record in the triple jump with a distance of 35-3/4 to place second.

Jennie Throne had her best day as a Bluejay cutting nearly three seconds off her 400-meter low-hurdle best at 1:12.99 to finish fourth.

“This meet was one to prepare us for next week back at Southwestern for the KCAC meet,” coach Dave Kroeker said. “We’re peaking at the right time and next week should be a lot of fun.

“My assistants need to be commended for their efforts in preparing our athletes to perform at their best,” Kroeker added. “Shelby Wehrman who coaches sprints, relays, and long jump and Suzy Best who coaches middle distance and distance runners do a great job.

“They deserve a lot of credit for the kind of improvements we’ve seen throughout this season.”

The KCAC Track and Field Championships will be contested at Southwestern on Friday and Saturday with field events beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Running events will start at 5 p.m. both days.

“The KCAC meet is where we get to measure both of our teams against the best in the conference,” Kroeker said.

“It’s the one meet of the year that I ask everyone to really focus on team results more than their own individual events.

“We need to cap off a great season of individual accomplishments with a great team effort in Winfield.”

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