Ric Johnson rounds the final curve on the 5-kilometer course at Baker. He placed 53rd.
The Tabor College cross country teams opened the 2008 season Saturday at the Maple Leaf Invitational hosted by Baker University, in Lawrence.
With 228 points, the men finished 10th among 13 teams that included NCAA Division II universities, junior colleges, and NAIA programs.
The Bluejays KCAC rivals in the field included Kansas Wesleyan (162 points) and Bethel (264).
The Tabor women (215 points) finished eighth out of a field of 13 that included Kansas Wesleyan (146) and Bethel (206).
?Normally we deal with heat at this first meet," said coach Karol Hunt. "But at race time the temperature was in the low 60s which allowed us to focus more on racing and not so much on survival. The initial competition is a big learning experience for us. It gives us feedback about our current status and shows us what we need to do to reach our peak in early November. It?s a good start to our season.?
The men were lead by senior Zac Remboldt, who finished 41st with a 5-kilometer time of 17:43, while juniors Dan Sigley and Ric Johnson and sophomore Zach Gould finished 51st, 53rd, and 54th with times of 18:14, 18:17. and 18:21, respectively.
Nathan Adamyk had the greatest improvement from 2007, according to Hunt, who said he improved his time by 2:30.
The women were lead by sophomore Liz Kleinsasser, who finished 22nd out of 104 finishers with a 4-kilometer time of 16:25. Christina Addison (16:37), running her first race in a Bluejay uniform, finished second on the team and 27th overall.
Jera Teselle (17:36, 51st) came in third, followed by Kelli Kopper (17:50, 57th), Leah Kopper (73rd, 18:32) and Carrie Schroeder (18:34, 74th).
Coming?The Bluejays will compete this Friday, September 12, at Lake Afton Park hosted by Friends University at 6:00 p.m.