The Tabor women’s and men’s cross-country teams placed third and fourth, respectively, at the annual Tabor College Invitational at Marion Reservoir’s Cottonwood Point.
Leading the Bluejay women among the nine competing teams was Julie Loewen, who placed fourth in 20:17. She was followed by Emily Kemling (eighth, 20:43), Lindsay Crist (23rd, 21:50), Allison Topham (27th, 22:13) and Katherine Reimer (39th, 23:19).
“Today’s race went really well,” coach Joel Allen said. “This is a true cross-country course, and with the hot conditions this morning the women really had to persevere.
“Times were slow today but we did a much better job competing,” he added. “One particular performance of note: even though the odds were stacked against her, Emily was able to run just four seconds slower than she did in perfect conditions at Sterling. Today was a big jump.”
Leading the Tabor men was Thomas Bacon, who placed 17th in 29:47. Right behind him was Collin Bruske (18th, 30:01). They were followed by Garrett Kinsey (22nd, 30:26), Jonathan Hinerman (24th, 30:41) and Riley Ballou-Lyngstad (37th, 31:52).
“Before the race I told the guys that today was going to be a grind and that it was important that they embrace that,” Allen said. “I was very pleased with how we competed today.
“Thomas had a much better race, but just as importantly the other four guys all had very solid races as well and they all should be proud of their efforts in the heat and on a tough course.
Coming—Tabor’s cross-country teams will be travelling to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival hosted by the University of Arkansas Sept. 30.