Tabor runners set 9 personal records at ESU

Competing against NCAA?Division II, NAIA and NJCAA?schools, the Tabor College cross-country team traveled to Emporia State Friday for the Jock?s Nitch Invitational.

Of the 13 competing Blue?jays, nine set personal records and three had season bests.

?We had improvements ranging from 34 seconds to three and a half minutes, with five people improving by more than a minute and a half from our first full distance race of the season,? coach Dan Swaney said.

Tabor?s top finisher was Brielle Lund, who finshed 29th with a 4-mile time of 19:26.

Erin Flaming place 104th in 21:09, followed by Mackenzie King (134th, 22:01), Elissa Richert (177th, 23:59)?and Jordan Scheer (194th, 26:10).

?Brielle also ran a really good race and topped it off with a nice kick,? Swaney said. ?There were only four women from the KCAC who were in front of her and they were all from Kansas Wesleyan, currently ranked as the 10th-best NAIA team in the country. So it?s beginning to look like she?s going to have a great shot at qualifying for nationals if she can stay healthy and keep racing like this.?

The top finisher for the Tabor men was Jacob Heil, who finished 85th in 27:26.

Dylan Crawford placed 92nd in 27:36 followed by Nathan Vogel (149th, 28:53), Justin Ball (157th, 29:13), Matt Spurgeon (170th, 29:31), Richard Nance (205th, 31:35), Teal Stutzman (221st, 33:43) and Eric Funk (228th, 36:15).

?Jacob had a great race to finish first for us and Dylan, again, closed like a madman in the final mile,? Swaney said.

?He made up 19 seconds on Jacob in the last mile that included the second ascent of a 200-300 meter long hill to finish only 10 seconds behind him. The men?s team placed fairly well and beat the three other conference schools who were there, so I was happy with that.?

Coming?Tabor will be back in action Saturday at the McPherson College Open.

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