Addison snaps TC school records in 5K, 10K


Tabor runner Kayla Gershon breaks into the home stretch a stride ahead of Fort Hays State?s Ashley Turpin and Bethany?s Molly McElgunn in the first heat of Saturday?s 200-meter dash. Gershon posted a first place time of 27.62?an eyelash ahead of McElgunn?s 27.67, and just 0.03 seconds in front of the best time out of the second heat.

The Tabor College track and field teams set three new school records in its first meet of the season Saturday at McPherson.

Christina Addison set new marks in both the women?s 5,000 and 10,000?an accomplishment coach Dave Kroeker called ?a crazy double.? She finished first in the 5,000 (19:45.87) and fourth in the 10,000 (40:13.20).

Zach Gould raised the men?s 10K record with a first place time of 35:22.30.

?This meet was a really good start for our outdoor season,? Kroeker said. ?We had a number of event winners on both men's and women's side. Beside Christina and Zac, Kelli Kopper ran a really fast 400 meters for the first meet of our outdoor season and Justin Ball PRd in the 800 in his first outdoor meet of the year. Estey Wichert won the hammer and really threw well for her first outdoor as well.?

Addison was named KCAC women?s track ?athlete of the week? on Monday, while Ball received the same recognition on the men?s side.

Fresh off a trip to the national indoor track meet, Kopper won the women?s 400 in 59.25?finishing nearly three seconds ahead her closest chaser.

Wichert?s winning hammer throw sailed 136 feet, five inches.

Other event winners on the women?s side included Kayla Gershon in the 100 (13.58) and 200 (27.62) runs, Jessica Burden in the 100 hurdles (16.32), the 4×100 relay (51.76), and Samantha Van Ranken in the javelin (108-5).

The women?s team scored 147 points, placing first in a group of seven that included conference competitors Bethany (133), Bethel (115.5), Friends (45.5) and McPherson (37).

On the men?s side, Gould?s school record 10,000 and Ball?s personal record 800 (1:56.74) paced the Bluejays to third out of seven teams. Despite not entering an athlete in four of 20 events, Tabor (106 points) edged Colby Community College (98), Bethany (92) and McPherson (37) and Fort Hays State (30), but trailed Bethel (166) and Friends (122).

Goessel High School alumnus Garrett Hiebert won the javelin throw for Bethel?and easily exceeded the national ?A? qualification standard?with a distance of 194 feet, seven inches.

Coming?Tabor is set to participate in the Bethel College Twlight meet tonight (Mar. 18) and next competes at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City March 28.

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