Allen first to break 26 minutes at Tabor

Joel Allen became the first person in Tabor history to break 26 minutes for an 8-kilometer race Saturday at the NAIA Mid-States Classic in Winfield.

Allen broke his personal record time by 23 seconds, finishing in 25 minutes, 47 seconds and 15th place. He also earned an individual award for his sixth straight race.

The men?s team placed 11th out of 21 and the women finished 17th out of 20.

?This was a good race for us as a team,? said coach Dan Swaney. ?While we did have a few people who didn?t run near their best, we had six personal records out of the 10 guys who ran.?

In addition to Allen, Garrett Daugherty, Nathan Vogel, Alex Wuest, Trent Wilker and Jon Gutierrez set personal records.

Finishing behind Allen was Daugherty (57th, 27:03), Dylan Crawford (89th, 28:02), Vogel (115th, 28:34), Jacob Heil (134th, 29:13), Chris Lopez (150th, 29:43), Phillip Magos (159th, 30:22), Wuest (165th, 33:11), Wilker (193rd, 33:11) and Gutierrez (205th, 35:57).

Brielle Lund finished 18th for the women in 19:11, followed by Hannah Holmes (59th, 20:20), Kaity Lowry (138th, 23:11), Alli Palmgren (148th, 25:56) and Jordan Scheer (161st, 25:41).

?We didn?t run quite as well across the team as we did at McPherson last week, but we did have some good performances,? Swaney said. ?The women are really going to have to run hard at conference if we?re going to improve much over our place last year. I think it?s going to be a dogfight between us and three other schools for third through sixth.?

Swaney said the weather was cool and there was only a slight breeze, which helped contribute to faster times.

?Not knowing what the weather will be like at conference championships,? Swaney said.

?I was really hoping that we would have a nice day at Mid-States so everyone would have at least one more chance at getting a personal record.?

Coming?The Bluejays are scheduled to compete at the KCAC meet hosted by McPherson College Nov. 5.

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