Indoor track battles at KCAC meet

Kristen Harris battles Ottawa?s Sarah Dains for first place in the 600-meter run at the KCAC indoor track and field championships. Harris won with a time of 1:41.33, while Dains finished second in 1:44.52. Harris also claimed gold in the pole vault and received a Champions of Character award.The Tabor College indoor track and field team participated in the KCAC championships Friday and Saturday at Ahearn Fieldhouse on the campus of Kansas State University.

As a team, the Bluejay men finished fourth with 107 points behind South?western (127), McPherson (121) and Friends (109).

The Tabor women, meanwhile, placed fifth as a team with 50 points behind Southwestern (151), McPher?son (126), Friends (102) and Sterling (63).

All top-three individual performances earned All-KCAC honors. Garrett Daugherty earned the title of men?s MVP for his performance.

Daugherty finished first in the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 26.37 seconds, and also earned gold in the 1,000-meter run (2:34.85). He also anchored two winning relays:?the 4×400 and 4×800.

The 4×400 relay (Caleb Blue, Alex Grier, Josiah Oyebefun, Daugherty) claimed top honors in 3:28.63, while the 4×800 relay (Bret Mueller, Josh Richert, Phillip Magos, Daugherty) won in 7:58.29, a time that qualified for the NAIA ?B? national meet.

?It was gratifying to see our men sweep all three relays,? coach Dave Kroeker said. ?It?s always good to have the male MVP from your team.?

Alex Grier qualified for the national meet with a first-place finish in the 200 (22.31).

Joel Allen won the 5,000-meter run (15:27.82) and finished third in the 3,000 (9:07.53). Allen also anchored the distance medley relay team (Mueller, Richert, Magos, Allen) that finished first in 10:39.49.

Oyebefun placed second in the 60-meter dash (6.97), and Grier placed third (6.98).

Magos took second in the 600 (1:24.16).

Bluejay men earning honorable mention included:?Mueller in the 800 (fourth, 2:02.33); Geoff Pugh in the pole vault (fifth, 12-feet, 1.5-inches); Blue in the 400 (fifth, 52.89); and Richert in the 800 (sixth, 2:05.58).

Kristen Harris paved the way for the women by winning the pole vault (10-feet, 3.25-inches) and the 600-meter run (1:41.33).

Brielle Lund placed second in the 3,000 (11:03.51) and came in third in both the 1,000 (3.13.42) and mile (5:27.77).

?Brielle did really well, especially because of all the long races she ran on Saturday and the 4×800-meter relay on Friday,??Kroeker said. ?Kristen had a great meet winning two events.?

Hannah Holmes earned honorable mention by placing fourth in the 5,000 (19:29.64) and fifth in the 3,000 (11:14.43). Harris and Allen received Champions of Character awards.

Coming?Tabor will participate in a Last Chance Meet Feb. 21

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