Nine Tabor College track and field athletes competed at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 23-25 in Marion, Ind.
?The kids all represented Tabor College and themselves very well and competed hard,? coach Dave Kroeker said. ?The national track meet is a reminder that there are a lot of gifted athletes in the NAIA, and just being there is quite an accomplishment.?
Emily Post was Tabor?s top finisher, earning All-American honors by tying for eighth place in the NAIA in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 41?4 inches. At the KCAC meet, Post cleared 5-7.
Post did not advance to finals in her other two events. She finished 10th in the triple jump preliminaries (38-2) and 20th in the long jump (17-3?4). At the KCAC meet, Post recorded an NAIA-best triple jump of 40-11?4 and a long jump of 17-103?4.
?I was really pleased for Emily to achieve All-American status in the high jump after some disappointment the day before in the triple jump,? Kroeker said. ?Four years ago, she wasn?t high jumping at all, so that made it even more special.?
Tynan Honn placed 19th in the shot put (42-31?4).
For the Tabor men, Jacob Heil placed 30th in the marathon (2:42:46.20) and Joel Allen finished 36th (2:47:54.10), both times that broke the school record.
?Jacob and Joel both ran very well in the marathon,? Kroeker said. ?It is quite a feat just to finish a marathon, let alone run a fast time.?
The men?s 4×800 team ran with alternate Aaron Johnson because of a hamstring injury suffered by Phillip Magos, Kroeker said.
The relay consisted of Bret Mueller, Garrett Daugherty, Johnson and Nathan Vogel and placed 14th in the preliminaries with a time of 7:56.23.