Tabor College cross country competes at Region IV Championships at Lincoln, NE.

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The Tabor College cross-country women’s and men’s teams concluded its season Saturday at the Region IV Cross Country Championship at Pioneers Park, in Lincoln, Neb.

The women placed 11th out of 25 teams with 280 points. Concordia University of Nebraska won the team title with 19 points.

Other Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference schools competing were Kansas Wesleyan (14th), Friends (16th), Bethany (18th), Bethel (19th), McPherson (22nd), Southwestern (24th) and Sterling (25th).

Leading the way for Tabor was senior Angie Jost, who covered the 5-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 40 seconds to capture 24th place among 142 runners.

Following here were Heidi Schmidt (36th, 21:07), Amber Wiens (56th, 21:32), Tiffany Stevens (107th, 23:12) and Rebekah Lockhart (124th, 24:21).

“The women had an outstanding day with all five runners turning in quicker times than a week ago,” coach Karol Hunt said.

“The regional competition is pretty tough and we ran against the top-ranked NAIA team in the country. But when compared to the KCAC, the women came in first as a team.

“This group of women accomplished a lot this season.”

Meanwhile, the Bluejay men placed 18th out of 23 teams with 486 points. Concordia won the men’s team title with 37 points.

Leading the way for Tabor in the 8-kilometer race was Anthony Bartlett, who finished 103rd out of 159 runners in 30:50.

Following him were Kevin Larson (109th, 31:10), Matt Lynam (118th, 31:43), Michael Norris (129th, 32:07) and Jeff Anenson (156th, 37:01).

“The men had a pretty rough day,” Hunt said. “Kevin and Matt were our bright spots-both ran gutsy, focused races.”

Hunt said the season produced pleasing results lead by the lone senior, Angie Jost. But Hunt said the team is still young.

“Angie is the only runner we lose to graduation,” Hunt said. “She’s been a coach’s dream and a mainstay on the team these last four years. Her shoes will be difficult to fill.

“All of the other runners should return along with those out with injuries,” she said. “Overall, we were young teams this year, so the experience will pay huge dividends for the future.”

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