TC runners off to strong start at Baldwin City meet

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College cross-country squad got off to a strong start at Baldwin City on Saturday.

The Tabor women placed ninth with 197 points, but were just 14 points behind fifth-place Longview Community College from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

The women’s team from Mid-America Nazarene won with 38 points.

Tabor was led by freshman Heidi Schmidt, who finished the 3,200-meter course in 13 minutes, 16 seconds, which earned her a medal for 13th place.

Following Schmidt were Amber Wiens (23rd, 13:43), Tiffany Stevens (52nd, 14:48), Jennie Throne (67th, 15:54) and Rebekah Lockhart (79th, 16:36).

“Both Heidi and Amber ran well and those performances build confidence for the future,” coach Karol Hunt said.

“I really like the potential of this team.”

Tabor’s top returning runner, Angie Jost, was not available for the meet because of a family commitment.

The Tabor men, meanwhile, placed seventh out of 12 schools with 197 points. Johnson County Community College won the meet with 44 points.

Tabor had no runner challenge for a top-15 finish, but the Bluejays did put in a strong team effort in the 5-kilometer race.

Pete Richert led the way by finishing 47th in 18:27.

Following him were Kevin Larson (49th, 18:34), Kyle Larson (50th, 18:36), Jeff Anenson (57th, 18:56), Mike Norris (64th, 19:06), Anthony Bartlett (69th, 19:29) and Matt Lynam (86th, 20:15).

“We didn’t have a big No. 1 finish, but we had solid running from the whole team,” Hunt said. “Our depth really showed.

“This was a strong start to the season,” she added. “We’ve only been together as a team for a week and a half, so we have had limited workouts.

“Our performances were really solid for the initial competition and I’m really excited about the potential of both the men and the women.”

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The Tabor College cross-country squad got off to a strong start at Baldwin City on Saturday.

The Tabor women placed ninth with 197 points, but were just 14 points behind fifth-place Longview Community College from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

The women’s team from Mid-America Nazarene won with 38 points.

Tabor was led by freshman Heidi Schmidt, who finished the 3,200-meter course in 13 minutes, 16 seconds, which earned her a medal for 13th place.

Following Schmidt were Amber Wiens (23rd, 13:43), Tiffany Stevens (52nd, 14:48), Jennie Throne (67th, 15:54) and Rebekah Lockhart (79th, 16:36).

“Both Heidi and Amber ran well and those performances build confidence for the future,” coach Karol Hunt said.

“I really like the potential of this team.”

Tabor’s top returning runner, Angie Jost, was not available for the meet because of a family commitment.

The Tabor men, meanwhile, placed seventh out of 12 schools with 197 points. Johnson County Community College won the meet with 44 points.

Tabor had no runner challenge for a top-15 finish, but the Bluejays did put in a strong team effort in the 5-kilometer race.

Pete Richert led the way by finishing 47th in 18:27.

Following him were Kevin Larson (49th, 18:34), Kyle Larson (50th, 18:36), Jeff Anenson (57th, 18:56), Mike Norris (64th, 19:06), Anthony Bartlett (69th, 19:29) and Matt Lynam (86th, 20:15).

“We didn’t have a big No. 1 finish, but we had solid running from the whole team,” Hunt said. “Our depth really showed.

“This was a strong start to the season,” she added. “We’ve only been together as a team for a week and a half, so we have had limited workouts.

“Our performances were really solid for the initial competition and I’m really excited about the potential of both the men and the women.”

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