Mueller paces Bluejay runners

The Tabor College cross country team competed at Southwestern Saturday.

Bret Mueller paved the way for the men by placing 35th of 153 with a time of 26 minutes, 59.6 seconds. Tyler Parrish was 89th (28:18.4), Josh Richert 106th (29:14), Si Luc 107th (29:14.6), Mitchell Graf 144th (32:08.9) and Jared Janzen 153rd (40:55).

?We ran really well on the men?s side, with almost everyone gaining new PR?s,??coach Brian Grime said. ?The peaking phase has begun, and we are really starting to see the work that we put in throughout the season and this summer.?

As a team, the men finished 13th of 16 with a score of 352. Oklahoma City won with 20.

Meanwhile, Julie Loewen paced the women with a 52nd-place finish in a field of 159 with a time of 20 minutes, 15 seconds. Katey Whitesell was 55th (20:20), Maggie Ramirez 105th (22:16.2), Kaylee Schmidt 114th (22:44.8) and Stacie Bell 159th (33:23.9).

?Finally, we were able to run at full strength and score at a meet, which was the first time this season, and that was important for us,? Grime said. ?It was great to be competing again as a team, and we had some runners rise to the occasion.

?I expect much more to come in two weeks from many of our ladies, but we performed really well and our hard work this season is paying off.?

As a team, Tabor finished 17th of 22 with a score of 427. Oklahoma City won with 38.

Coming?Tabor will host the KCAC championship at Cottonwood Point at the Marion Reservoir Nov. 7. The men will run at 10:15 a.m. the women will race at 11:15 a.m.

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