Tabor wins 5 golds at KCAC meet

Cole Younger (center) led from start to finish in the 200-meter dash at the KCAC Outdoor Meet Friday on his way to a personal-best time of 21.80 seconds. He was one of three Bluejay men to earn gold medals. Daniel Quiring won the hammer (172 feet, 4 inches) and Avery Franz won the triple jump (46-6). Meanwhile, for the women, Alyssa Windle won the discus (153-2) and Marah Franz won the pole vault (10-6).The Tabor College track and field team competed at the KCAC Outdoor Championships at McPherson last week.

The top three finishers in each event earned All-KCAC recognition, while fourth through sixth place received honorable mention.

Alyssa Windle set a new KCAC meet record in the discus with a first-place throw of 153 feet, 2 inches. She finished second in the shot put (44-111⁄2) and fourth in the hammer (133-10).

“Alyssa has had a great outdoor discus and shot put season and is looking forward to nationals in both events,” coach Dave Kroeker said.

Freshman Marah Franz won the pole vault, clearing 10-6.

“Marah overcame stiff competition in pole vault, clearing 10-6 on her second attempt to take the championship,” Kroeker said.

Amy Horner finished second in the triple jump (NAIA “A” standard 38-31⁄2), while Keeley Kroeker, Lindsay Crist, Emily Kemling and Sarah Hagen were sixth in the 4×800 relay (11:32.22).

As a team, the women finished sixth of 12 with 52 points behind Friends (276), Saint Mary (135), Southwestern (85), McPherson (59) and Ottawa (58) and ahead of Bethany (401⁄2), Sterling (321⁄2), Bethel (31), York (22), Kansas Wesleyan (12) and Oklahoma Wesleyan (7).

Meanwhile, the men earned three gold medals.

Daniel Quiring won the hammer with an NAIA “B” standard throw of 172-4.

“It is so gratifying to have someone like Daniel work so hard over four years and on his last throw in finals achieve a national-qualifying mark,” Kroeker said. “It was a special moment.”

Avery Franz won the triple jump (46-6).

“Avery’s winning jump was a 2-foot PR and missed the national-qualifying mark by 3 centimeters,” Kroeker said.

Cole Younger won the 200 (21.80).

“Cole led start to finish in the 200-meter dash, finishing his college track career with a personal best of 21.80,” Kroeker said.

Younger led off the 4×400 relay team with a 49-second split. The team, with Parker Findley, Josh Richert and Avery Franz, placed third in 3:24.62.

Additional All-KCAC top three performers were: Findley, third in the 110 hurdles (15.51); Caleb Gaede, third in the high jump (personal-best 6-21⁄4); and Johnny Loera, third in the hammer (151-5).

Athletes receiving honorable mention were: Robert Phillips, fourth in the shot put (49-3⁄4), fifth in the discus (133-4) and sixth in the hammer (141-4); and Wyatt Dickenson, fifth in the javelin (163-8).

As a team, the men finished fourth of 12 with 80 points behind McPherson (177), Saint Mary (139) and York (99) and ahead of Friends (67), Southwestern (54), Bethel (49), Ottawa (42), Bethany (37), Kansas Wesleyan (34), Sterling (33) and Oklahoma Wesleyan (3).

Coming—Tabor will compete at Emporia State’s Last Chance Meet Friday.

The Bluejays’ national qualifiers will compete in the NAIA national meet May 25-27 in Gulf Shores, Ala.

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