Bluejay cross-country team runs in Colorado

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor cross-country team competed Saturday at the Colorado College Invitational in Colorado Springs.

The women were paced by Angie Jost, who placed 12th with a time of 25 minutes, 26 seconds in a 10-kilometer race.

Following her were Heidi Schmidt (19th, 26:38), Amber Wiens (21st, 27:01) and Rebekah Lockhart (35th, 31:03).

“The women only had four healthy runners, so we didn’t have enough to register a team score,” coach Karol Hunt said. “An illness kept Tiffany Stevens from making the trip.”

Jennie Throne continues to recover from knee surgery and Kendra Raber is still out with a broken arm.

“The 6-K was a new experience for us and the women responded well,” Hunt said. “Since this is the first time to run this distance, we don’t have any times to compare our performances to. It was tough not being able to get a team score.”

The Bluejay men finished fourth as a team. Freshman Anthony Bartlett led the way by finishing 15th in 31:00 to earn an individual medal.

Following him were Jeff Anenson (18th, 31:25), Kevin Larson (19th, 31:26), Kyle Larson (20th, 31:30), Michael Norris (22nd, 31:42) and Matt Lynam (25th, 32:42).

“I thought the men raced instead of just running to finish,” Hunt said. “We ran as a group and the top five all finished within 43 seconds of each other.

“We made a lot of progress on our focus of consistency,” she added. “Our times were slower this year on a revamped course… but the men were respectable in their fourth-place finish.”

Coming-Tabor will travel to Salina this Saturday to run at Bill Burke Park in Salina in a meet hosted by Kansas Wesleyan. The women run at noon and the men at 12:30 p.m.

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