Allen leads TC men to first-place finish

Tabor College hosted an invitational cross-country meet Saturday at Harvey County East Lake.

Rain left the course wet for the racing, according to coach Dan Swaney.

Despite the conditions, four Bluejay men placed in the top 15 to propel Tabor to first place among eight teams with 46 points. McPher?son was second (64) and Sterling third (70).

The win was the first for the Tabor men at this race since 1997, Swaney said.

?The competition was not quite as strong as it was last year because Emporia didn?t come, but we also just ran a lot better as a whole,??Swaney said. ?Our top five ran much better.?

KCAC Runner of the Week Joel Allen won the 8-kilometer race in 26 minutes, 28 seconds. Allen won last year, too.

?There was a group of four, including Garrett Daugherty and two guys from Ottawa, who were together through approximately the 2-mile mark, From there, Joel started to stretch out,? Swaney said. ?He just held his pace better than they did.?

Daugherty came in fourth in 27:14. Phillip Magos ran a personal-best 28:05 for ninth place, and Bret Mueller was 11th in 28:12 .

Paul Williams was 24th (28:56), Josh Richert was 41st with a personal-best 30:06, Dustin McClure was 52nd (31:36) and Jon Gutierrez was 61st (33:49).

For the Tabor women, Brielle Lund, last year?s winner, was edged out of first place by less than 3 seconds in 19:41.

?(Brielle) had some shin splint pain (that) started to bother her on the third mile, and that kept her from keeping up at the end,? Swaney said. ?But she was only 3 seconds behind, so it wasn?t a whole lot.?

Hannah Holmes placed 10th (20:51), Kelly Gomez 12th (20:59) and Jessica Vix finished 48th (25:58).

With Ashley Kemling out with an injury, Tabor did not have enough runners for team honors.

Coming?Tabor will compete Oct. 12 at the NAIA Nationals Preview at Rim Rock Farm near Lawrence. The women will run at 12:30 p.m., and the men at 1:30 p.m.

?It?ll be a tough course, tough race, a lot of people, but it?ll really show us where we are,? Swaney said. ?We?re looking forward to it.?

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