Tabor fares well hosting home meet at MHS

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The Tabor women (118 points) placed second to Emporia State (162) in team scoring at the annual Tabor Invitational, which was held partly at Marion High School April 15.

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Jessica Burden pulls ahead in the 100-meter hurdles Wednesday (April 15) at Marion High School. Because construction on Tabor?s own facility is ongoing, the Bluejays arranged to split the college track teams? showcase event between sites in Hillsboro and Marion, and enjoyed success in both places. Burden placed second in the hurdles event with a time of 15.87 seconds.

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Mike Rousell splashes down after covering more than 46 feet in his second-place triple jump. Rousell also set a new school record in the long jump (23-23⁄4).

The Tabor men?s team (75) finished third at the ?home meet? and trailed only Hutchinson Community College (153) and Emporia (86) in a field which also included Cloud County Community College as well as Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference familiars Kansas Wesleyan, Bethel and McPherson.

Because of ongoing construction work on the Bluejays? new track and football field, only the throwing events were contested on the Tabor campus. The running and jumping events were held at Marion.

In addition to scoring wins in the 4×800 relay and long jump events, the Tabor men had top-3 finishes by Justin Ball (third, 2:01.52) in the 800, Silas Hibbs (second, 13-00) in the pole vault, and Mike Rousell (second, 14.13 meters) in the triple jump.

Rousell won the long jump and set a new school record with a distance of 23 feet, 23⁄4 inches (7.08 meters). The men?s 4×800 relay team placed first with a time of 8 minutes, 26.60 seconds.

The women?s 4×800 (10:42.38) also outpaced the field, finishing three seconds ahead of second place Hutchinson CC.

Other top-3 finishers on the women?s side included: Breanna Wray in the hammer throw (first, 46.58 meters) and shot put (first, 12.27 meters); Christina Addison (first, 20:20.90) in the 5,000; Jessica Burden in the 100 hurdles (second, 15,87) and long jump (third, 5.11 meters); Tasia Johnson (second, 12.79) in the 100; Kelli Kopper (second, 58.90) in the 400; Amanda Krier (third, 35.34 meters) in the discus; Samantha Van Ranken (third, 33.10 meters) in the javelin; and the 4×100 (second, 50.69) and 4×400 (third, 4:24.40) relay teams.

Wray?s mark in the hammer surpassed the national qualifying standard.

?We are relatively healthy going into the last 2 weeks of the season,? coach Dave Kroeker said. ?Liz Kleinsasser has had knee problems since last fall and is not running this year which really hurts our women's team. She ran second at the conference meet last year in the 800 and ran on both relay teams that qualified for nationals.?

Kroeker said Drew Crosson is not able to compete because of a nagging hamstring injury and Adam Dirks, a 2008 national qualifier in javelin, has been limited by an elbow injury.

Competing for Cloud County CC, Marion High School alumna Danielle Cope won the women?s 1,500 (5:15.23). Fellow MHS alum Justin Heidebrecht also competed for Cloud County, but did not record an official time in either the 200 or the 400.

With a winning javelin throw of 60.46 meters, Goessel High School alumus Garrett Hiebert out-threw his nearest competitor by nearly 251⁄2 feet in the javelin.

Coming?Next up for the Tabor tracksters is the Southwestern Relays in Winfield on Saturday followed by the KCAC meet at McPherson College May 1-2.

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