Tabor?s Addison qualifies to run in national race

Tabor College women?s cross-country runner Christina Addison qualified for national competition at Saturday?s KCAC championship race.

?The meet was great,? coach Daniel Swaney said. ?Eight of our twelve runners had season or personal bests, including three of the four seniors. By far the most exciting thing was Christina’s finish.?

Swaney said he had told Addison a finish around 19:30 would get one of the five automatic individual spots to nationals.

?She decided to go out with the lead pack to get in position and try to hang on to it,? Swaney said. ?She did just that and with a little over a quarter mile to go she was the seventh individual with two women from Bethany about 10 meters in front of her.

?After passing them both and getting passed back again, it came down to the kick, which worried me since Christina isn’t known for her kick,? he continued. ?But I think she realized that it was do or die… She accelerated so much that she blew past them both and even though she only beat the closest of the two by less than a second there was a definite gap because of the speed that they were running.?

?It was incredible to watch,? he added. ?All I could do was whoop and holler running along the course behind her.?

Addison finished in 19:25.00, qualified for the women’s national championship race to be held Nov. 21 in Washington, and cracked the individual top-10. Her ninth-place finish came with all-conference honors. Amy Pierson won the individual title.

After Addison, Tabor?s finishes were as follows: Erin Flaming (28th, 21:03), Leah Kopper (33rd, 21:22), Jera Teselle (44th, 22:23), Heidi Schroeder (53rd, 23:39), Julia Carlton (54th, 23:54) and Elissa Richert (55th, 24:14).

In women?s team scoring, the run of consecutive championships by Southwestern?s squad was broken by Kansas Wesleyan and Friends. Tabor placed seventh.

In the men’s race, Peabody-Burns alumnus Andrew Topham (25:07) took the individual title and led Southwestern to a 30th consecutive team title.

Swaney said Dan Sigley ?ran really well for the second time in a row and finished his career with a PR. I think it was only the second time he had ever run under 28 minutes.?

Sigley finished 22nd with a time of 27:48. Tabor?s other men?s results were as follows: Jacob Heil (43rd, 30:05), Justin Ball (51st, 31:19), Tim Roesch (52nd, 31:35) and Matt Spurgeon (54th, 32:16).

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