Allen leads KCAC in preview

Joel Allen led all KCAC finishers by placing 15th in 26:10.30 at the NAIA preview in Lawrence.  Phyllis Richert PhotoThe Tabor College cross country teams got a preview of the NAIA championship course Saturday in Lawrence.

?Both teams are progressing nicely,? coach Eric Schwab said. ?It looks like we will be at our best in four weeks at our conference championship.?

The men finished 25th of 31 teams, led by Joel Allen, who placed 15th in 26 minutes, 10.30 seconds among a field of 300.

?Joel Allen had another excellent race and was challenged by some of the NAIA?s top runners,? Schwab said. ?Several KCAC schools were at the meet, and Joel finished ahead of all other KCAC athletes.?

Phillip Magos was 157th (28:42.10), Bret Mueller 162nd (28:48.20), Tyler Parrish 223rd (29:55.00), Josh Richert 242nd (30:20.70) and Garrett Daugherty 256th (30:44.40).

Olivet Nazarene won the meet. The University of Saint Mary?ranked 16th in the Oct. 8 NAIA Top 25 poll?was the top KCAC finisher, placing fifth as a team.

The women, meanwhile, finished 30th of 32 teams. Hannah Holmes was Tabor?s top finisher, placing 121st in 20:37.10 among a field of 312.

?Hannah Holmes had a large improvement over last year?s performance at this meet,? Schwab said. ?She is having an excellent season.?

Paula Young was 181st (21:28.90), Allie Jost 279th (23:44.10), Kaylee Schmidt 288th (24:10.70) and Jessica Vix 307th (27:07.50).

Dordt won the meet. The University of Saint Mary was the top KCAC finisher, placing 19th.

Coming?Tabor will compete at the Fort Hays Invitational Saturday. Races begin at 9 a.m.

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