ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ANDREW OTTOSON
The Tabor College cross country program held its home meet at Marion Reservoir on Saturday morning.
“Today was the best racing day in my tenure with Tabor cross country,” coach Karol Hunt said. “It was our home meet which provides extra motivation, but when 12 runners set personal records, it’s a great day.”
On the strength of six personal record times, the women’s team placed third out of 12 teams.
Sara Fogle finished fourth overall with a personal-best time of 18 minutes, 48 seconds-a Tabor 5-kilometer race record.
Also running for Tabor were Shelby Miller (13th, 20:07), Amber Wiens (15th, 20:15), Heidi Schmidt (17th, 20:17), Carrie Schroeder (26th, 21:01) and Ashley Schmidt (27th, 21:12) .
Miller, Wiens, Schroeder, Ashley Schmidt and Leah Kopper (52nd, 22:32) also set personal record times.
“The women ran really well today,” Hunt said. “The six PRs are a reflection of the effort the group puts out on Monday-Friday afternoons in practice.”
The men placed fourth out of 11 teams and finished ahead of all of the other four-year colleges at the meet.
Zac Remboldt (28th, 29:18), Caleb Schroeder (29th, 29:18) and Dan Sigley (30th, 29:20) led the team and set a 5:52 pace on the 10-kilometer course.
“All three set new personal records,” Hunt said. “These three pushed each other especially toward the end of the race. It not only helps their mental toughness, it also strengthens our team effort.”
Jeff Anenson (40th, 30:04) finished fourth for the team, with Kyle Larson (42nd, 30:08) close behind. Brandon Voth (51st, 31:08) set a new personal record one minute behind Kyle Larson.
Kevin Larson (53rd, 31:12) finished on Voth’s heels, and Will Higerd (54th, 31:14) finished on his. Higerd and Ric Johnson (60th, 31:40) rounded out the team scoring with personal-record times.
“I was happy for the men today with their team finish and the six new personal records,” Hunt said. “It’s a reward for their work ethic.”
Coming-The Bluejays’ next meet is Oct. 7 at Bill Burke Park in Salina.
The women are slated to run at 12:30 p.m. and the men at 1:15 p.m.