Loewen, Parrish pace TC runners

Phyllis Richert Photo<p>Julie Loewen shows the form that led to a 14th-place finish in the KCAC championship Saturday. Loewen turned in a time of 20:17.3, missing qualifying for nationals by two places.
Phyllis Richert Photo<p>Julie Loewen shows the form that led to a 14th-place finish in the KCAC championship Saturday. Loewen turned in a time of 20:17.3, missing qualifying for nationals by two places.
Phyllis Richert Photo<p>Tyler Parrish competes in the men?s KCAC championship race Saturday. Parrish was Tabor?s top placer in the 8-k race, crossing the finish line in 27:48.5, good for 27th overall.
Phyllis Richert Photo<p>Tyler Parrish competes in the men?s KCAC championship race Saturday. Parrish was Tabor?s top placer in the 8-k race, crossing the finish line in 27:48.5, good for 27th overall.

The Tabor College cross country teams closed the season by hosting the KCAC championships Saturday at the Marion Reservoir.

Tyler Parrish was Tabor?s top men?s finisher, covering the 8-k course in 27 minutes, 48.5 seconds, good for 27th overall among a field of 99. He averaged 5:35.7 per mile. Bret Mueller finished 38th (28:16.2), Josh Richert 44th (29:01.2), Si Luc 49th (29:10.6), Mitchell Graf 80th (32:09.9) and Jared Janzen 98th (38:46.8).

As a team, the men finished seventh of 12 schools with a score of 214. Saint Mary won the meet with 15, as the Spires swept the first six places.

?We were ranked 10th coming into the year, and we had personal bests from almost everyone on a beautiful day at the Marion Reservoir to finish seventh,? coach Brian Grime said. ?I am very proud of the hard work they put in all season and by their refusal to let the preseason ranking deter their efforts all season long. All glory to God for the progress they have made, and making it through the season healthy.?

Meanwhile, Julie Loewen covered the 5-k course in 20:17.3, good for 14th place among a field of 90 finishers. She averaged 6:31.4 per mile and missed qualifying for the NAIA race by two places. Katey Whitesell finished 50th (21:55.5), Maggie Ramirez 56th (22:03.7), Kaylee Schmidt 60th (22:27.9), Sarah Hagen 82nd (25:09.6) and Stacie Bell 90th (36:29.3).

As a team, the women finished 11th of 12 with a score of 236. Friends won with 48.

?It was a tough day for the women’s team, but there were still some really good performances,? Grime said. ?Just goes to show you that you need all five to seven runners competing well on the same day, which is what makes cross country a difficult sport.

?The good thing is, we will have the entire squad back for next year, as well as another class to add some talent. A great season by a great group of young ladies.?