Tabor College track and field coach Dave Kroeker reported that at the Emporia State University Relays event on Saturday, ?a cold and windy beginning turned into a warm and windy afternoon of excellent results both in total and considering the windy conditions? for the Bluejays.
Kroeker highlighted senior thrower Breanna Wray?s shot put heave of 41-41⁄2?a distance that met the NAIA Outdoor National qualification standard. Wray?s trip will be her third visit to nationals.
Kroeker also noted that Mike Rousell recorded a national meet qualifying mark in the triple jump with a jump of 46-8.
Kroeker noted that the field included competition from the likes of Wichita State, Emporia State, national NAIA track power Oklahoma Baptist, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
?Several Tabor athletes including the two national qualifiers turned in excellent early season performances,? he said.
Tabor posted eight top-6 finishes, five on the women?s side: Christina Addison (first, 19:53) in the 5,000; Jessica Burden (fourth, 15:48) in the 100 hurdles; Tasia Johnson (fifth, 12.82) in the 100; Kelli Kopper (fourth, 59.77) in the 400; and Amanda Krier (fourth, 127-03) set a personal record in the women’s discus.
On the men?s side, Tabor?s top finishers were: Brad Kiser (fifth, 17.13) in the 110 hurdles; Brent Nelson (sixth, 51.56) in the 400; and Justin Ball (second, 1:56.57) in the 800.
Kroeker said, ?Races longer than 200 meters were really tough on Saturday with the wind?so those track performances from 400 up were really excellent (considering) the windy conditions.?
Competing solidly for Wichita State was Hillsboro High School alumnus Hannah Marsh (11-073⁄4), who placed first in the women?s pole vault.
Tabor?s next meet is the ACCK at Bethel starting at 1 p.m. Friday.