The Tabor College men’s and women’s cross-country teams competed for the first time at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival, hosted in part by the University of Arkansas.
It also was the first time any of the men had run in a 10-k race—track or cross country—at the collegiate level. The Tabor women, meanwhile, ran a 5-kilometer course.
Leading the way for the men was Collin Bruske, who placed 155th among 242 runners with a time of 36 minutes, 3 seconds. He was followed by Thomas Bacon (163rd in 36:30.8), Garrett Kinsey (167th in 36:44.5). Jonathan Hinerman (180th, 37:22.0) and Riley Ballou-Lyngstad (206th, 39:34.0)
“This was a brand new experience for all our guys and I could tell,” coach Joel Allen said. “We definitely didn’t run as aggressively in the first mile or two as we normally do. But this was a 10-k course.
“This was great learning opportunity and we’ll definitely use this as a confidence booster—since we could conquer this tough of a race, the 8-k isn’t going to look so daunting.”
As a team, Tabor finished 25th out of 30.
Meanwhile, the Tabor women ran their fastest team time of the season. In addition, Julie Loewen became the third-fastest woman in Tabor history with her first sub-19-minute 5-k.
Loewen placed 64th among 296 runners with a time of 18:57.7. She was followed by Emily Kemling (142nd, 20:20), Lindsay Crist (160th, 20:35), Allison Topham (191st, 21:09) and Katherine Reimer (218th, 21:56)
The Tabor women placed 22nd as a team in a field of 36.
“We still have more improvement that can happen to be sure,” Allen said. “But there are almost too many good things to mention. Julie, Lindsay and Kate continue to drop into uncharted territory. Emily and Allison both ran season bests.”
Coming—Tabor’s cross-country teams will be traveling to the Ollie Isom Cross Country meet hosted by Butler County Community College Oct. 16. The meet is hosted at the Wartick Farm course near El Dorado.