The Tabor College cross-country teams competed in the NAIA National Preview at Rim Rock Farm Saturday.
?This is the first time anyone on the team besides Josh Richert and Brielle Lund has ever raced at Rim Rock, so it was an exciting meet for us because it’s one of the more famous courses in the country,? coach Dan Swaney said. ?Since it was the NAIA National Preview, there were quite a few talented teams and the competition was strong.?
Joel Allen led the Bluejay men in the 8-kilometer race, finishing 16th among 272 finishers in 25 minutes, 42 seconds.
?The course is harder than anything we have run in my five seasons at Tabor, with the possible exception of our conference championships last year,??Swaney said. ?Despite that, Joel Allen still ran the fourth fastest time of his career.?
Garrett Daugherty placed 65th (26:43), Phillip Magos 164th (28:24), Paul Williams 170th (28:31), Bret Mueller 202nd (29:15), Josh Richert 221st (29:53), Nathan Vogel 257th (32:18), Dustin McClure 262nd (32:40) and Jon Gutier?rez was 266th (33:52).
KCAC Women?s Runner of the Week Lund led the Tabor women in the 5-k race, finishing 38th among 268 finishers in 19:24.
?Brielle Lund ran an excellent race, getting out fast to establish her position in the race within the first few hundred meters,? Swaney said. ?The strategy worked well as she ran most of the race in the top 50 before passing several people at the end to finish 38th.?
Hannah Holmes was 145th (21:09), Kelly Gomez 180th (21:54), Ashley Kemling was 227th (23:09) and Jessica Vix was 257th (27:02).
As a team, the men placed 19th among 30 teams and the women were 25th among 30.
?I really didn?t know what to expect of our runners but was pleased with the overall results, especially with the men?s team as a whole,? Swaney said. ?We have several people on both teams struggling with injuries, so we will run a lot faster if we can get them healthy.?
Coming?Both teams will compete at the NAIA Mid-States Classic at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield Oct. 26. The women will run at 10:15 a.m., followed by the men at 11 a.m.