The Tabor cross-country teams competed at the Missouri Southern Stampede Saturday, where the men placed sixth in a field of 16. Only four Tabor women ran, so Tabor did not compete as a team.
?The men?s and women?s teams had the best opening 8-k and 5-k of the season since I have been coaching at Tabor,? coach Dan Swaney said. ?There was also some of the best competition that we?ve seen this early in the year.?
Joel Allen led the men with a third-place finish in 25 minutes, 32 seconds in a field of 136.
?Joel Allen ran his second-fastest time ever and was over a minute faster than his first 8-k of the season,? Swaney said. ?He was gapped by the eventual winner in the fourth mile and fell into third on the last mile. He closed on second place in the final sprint but couldn?t make up the last few meters.?
Garrett Daugherty was 15th in 26:37, his third-fastest time, Swaney said.
Four Bluejays had personal records:?Bret Mueller (43rd, 27:23), Paul Williams (61st, 27:56), Phillip Magos (71st, 28:16) and Jon Gutier?rez (131st, 33:35).
Also running were Bert Rodriguez (91st, 29:16), Josh Richert (119th, 31:06) and Dustin McClure (121st, 31:16).
Brielle Lund led the Tabor women with a 12th-place finish in 18:46 in a field of 142.
?Brielle Lund ran the second-fastest time of her career and was just over a second off her PR,? Swaney said. ?She developed some pain in one of her arches last week and that affected her over the last mile, which contributed to getting beat by two conference competitors though they were less than a second ahead of her in total. She had a strong kick at the end, but she came up just short of catching them both.?
Hannah Holmes set a personal record, finishing 50th in 19:53. Kelly Gomez was 76th in 20:41 and Jessica Vix was 139th in 24:42.
Coming?Tabor will host an invitational at Harvey County East Lake Saturday. The women will race at 9 a.m., followed by the men at 9:45 a.m.