ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College men and women’s cross-country teams traveled to Winfield Saturday to compete in the Southwestern NAIA Mid-States Classic.
“(This event) has grown into an extremely competitive meet with many of the top and nationally ranked NAIA teams in the Midwest running,” Tabor coach Karol Hunt said. “Some of the teams recruit internationally, so it’s difficult to contend for a high team finish.”
Consequently, Tabor finished 21st in the women’s division and 22nd in the men’s division.
“Our goals for the meet were to focus on times, not places, and to become familiar with the course,” Hunt said. “The conference meet will be run on this course in two weeks and only five of our 15 team members have competed on it previously.
“I think we accomplished those goals.”
For the women, Heidi Schmidt placed 53rd in 19 minutes, 58 seconds to lead Tabor.
Also running for Tabor were Bridgette Stevens (83rd, 20:36), Amber Wiens (117th, 21:24), Shelby Miller (127th, 21:48), Tiffany Stevens (139th, 21:49), Ashley Schmidt (165th, 22:53) and Rebekah Lockhart (169th, 23:05).
For the Bluejay men, Matt Lynam crossed the finish line ahead of his teammates in 156th place and with a time of 30:13.
“Matt captured the top spot for the men for the first time in his four-year career,” Hunt said. “Matt ran a strong race and not only ran a season best-time, but also came within eight seconds of his personal best.
“It’s satisfying for Matt to come in first and lead the team.”
Also running for Tabor were Kyle Larson (160th, 30:26), Zac Remboldt (175th, 31:32), Kevin Larson (176th, 31:16), Richard Galli (178th, 31:26), Jeff Anenson (183rd, 31:48), Brandon Voth (186th, 32:20) and Will Higerd (189th, 32:46).
“Kyle kept his hold on the No. 2 spot,” Hunt said. “Zac ran well, breaking his previous best time by about a minute.
“We now have two weeks to prepare for the conference meet,” Hunt said. “This is the week we key on and prepare all for. We will be ready.”
Coming-The Bluejays are off this week but return to racing Saturday, Oct. 29 when they return to Winfield for the KCAC meet hosted by Southwestern.
The Tabor women will run at 10:30 a.m. and the Bluejay men follow at 11:15 a.m.