Bluejays place 6th, 12th at home invitational

The Tabor College women’s cross country team finished sixth out of 10 teams at the Tabor College Invitational, held at Cottonwood Point at Marion Reservoir.

“The meet went pretty well,” coach Dan Swaney said. “The ground overall was probably a little softer do to the rain and therefore slower than usual, but it was in good shape.

“Despite the slower surface, there were still some fast times recorded,? he added.

Also competing on the women?s side were runners from Friends, For Hays State, Johnson County, Emporia State, Bethany, Highland, Garden City, Hutchinson and Sterling.

Christina Addison finished in 24th place with a time of 20 minutes, 12 seconds. Jera Teselle finished in 37th place at 20:56.

“Everyone ran faster today than they did at the Friends Invite,” Swaney said. “Christina improved by 47 seconds even though her back tightened up significantly, and was only 3 seconds off what she ran here last year. Jera returned to form, improving by 2 minutes, while freshman Erin Flaming destroyed her personal record at Friends by taking off another 57 seconds.?

The men?s team finished 12th out of 13 teams, behind Garden City, Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Johnson County, Cloud County, Hutchinson, Friends, Ottawa, Sterling, Bethany and Highland, but ahead of Bethel.

Jacob Heil led the way for the Bluejays and set a personal record by finishing in 50th place at 28:30 while Dan Sigley finished in 67th place at 29:14.

“We have continued to have quality workouts lately and I think that showed in the times today,? Swaney said. ?We still have six weeks to the conference meet and I’m excited to see what everyone can do as they continue to get stronger and healthier.”

Coming?The Bluejays will travel to Emporia, to compete in the Jock Nitch Invitational at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The women will run at 5:00 p.m.

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