Tabor track teams battle at soggy home invitational

 Jonathan Hinerman finished fifth in the steeplechaseTabor College hosted its annual track and field invitational meet on a cool and rainy Saturday at Joel H. Wiens Stadium.

“While the weather conditions made many events battles of attrition, Tabor did have several event winners and good performances,” coach Dave Kroeker said.

For the men, Austin Cheatham won the shot put, Shevon Blair won the 400-meter hurdles, Avery Franz earned first place in men’s triple jump, Robert Philips placed second in the shot put as well as the hammer throw. Trajen Smith was second in javelin, Denton Rathke placed third in discus and Marlon Cooper placed second in the triple jump.

For the women, Sarah Bird won the long jump. Aaliyah Manuz was second in the 400-meter hurdles and third in the 100-meter hurdles. Marah Franz placed second in pole vault.Marah Franz finished second in pole vault followed by Miranda Geisler in third.

BETHEL—The Bluejay throwers once again were the story for the men. Austin Cheatham shattered his school record at Bethel by throwing 16.84 meters in the shot put. The new record was good for first place and ranks him No. 7 overall on the NAIA performance list.

While Cheatham excelled in the one event, Robert Phillips excelled in multiple disciplines. He threw a personal record of 16.30 meters for second place. Cheatham and Phillips are two of only 16 “A Standard” qualifiers in shot put.

Phillips also placed in discus (43.42 for ninth place) and hammer throw (44.65 for fifth place). Johnny Loera placed third in hammer throw (48.51).

Israel Washington set a new personal record in hammer throw (40.35). Nathan Ahrens set new collegiate bests in both the discus (33.42) and javelin (38.50).

The javelin duo of Trajen Smith and Wyatt Dickinson had solid weekends. Smith placed ninth with a throw of 49 meters and improved his personal record in discus (32.27). Dickinson placed 10th in javelin with a throw of 45 meters.

Sprinters and jumpers had a number of strong performances. Newcomer Kolby Dennis-Bunch set a personal record in the 200-meter dash (22.29 seconds).

Owen Wegner and Shevon Blair both excelled in the hurdles. Wegner ran a personal-best in the 110-high hurdles (16.34) and placed sixth in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal record (58.02). Blair placed second in that event (55.26).

The men’s 4×400 claimed fourth place in 3:32.21, a season best.

The triple-jump duo of Marlon Cooper and Avery Franz had a busy weekend. Cooper took sixth with a leap of 13.47 meters. Franz took eighth at Bethel (12.92) and fourth the next day at KT Woodman (13.23m).

Several freshmen had good outings as well. Garrett Kinsey set a personal record in 1500-meter run (4:28.07). Jonathan Hinerman ran in the late heat of the 5000 meters and set a collegiate best of 17:41.08.

In the women’s division, Tabor’s sprinters and jumpers got off to a hot start at Bethel as Aaliyah Manuz placed eighth in both the 100-meter hurdles (17.27), and fifth in the 400-meter hurdles (1:19.16).

The women’s 4×400 relay team placed seventh with a season-best time of 4:33.74.

Marah Franz set her new season-best in the pole vault, placing fourth by clearing 3.11 meters.

Sarah Bird had an outstanding outing in long jump, placing second (5.38).

Kaileigh Dill set new personal records in both her events, placing fourth in the shot put (12.21) and fifth in discus (40.76).

KT WOODMAN—Sarah Bird set a collegiate best in the 800 meters with a time of 2:34.50. Also setting a collegiate best was Kate Reimer in the 5000 meters (22:58.97).

The night was highlighted by the 10,000-meter duo of Emily Kemling and Lindsay Crist, who both set personal records. Kemling placed seventh (41:48.04) and Crist placed ninth (43:38.73).

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