Four Bluejays finished among the top ten at the Tabor College Invitational cross country meet at Marion Reservoir Friday.
?(I am) really pleased with the direction we are heading,??coach Brian Grime said. ?They are really starting to gain confidence in themselves, and it is paying off.
?We need to work on the last third of our races, but we are really showing improvements in our racing strategy. I?m truly impressed with their ability to execute race strategy, especially after this meet.?
In the 5-k women?s race, Katey Whitesell was Tabor?s top finisher, placing third among a field of 73 runners with a time of 19 minutes, 50.16 seconds, about 10 seconds behind the first-place finisher from Friends.
?Katey Whitesell was leading most of the race but was not able to respond with 600 meters to go when a few girls passed,? Grime said. ?She will be better prepared next time that happens.?
Julie Loewen also finished in the top ten, placing eighth in a season-best 20:21.79.
Kaylee Schmidt was 56th (24:10.37) and Stacie Bell 73rd (29:13.37).
Meanwhile, the Bluejay men also turned in two top-ten performances in the 8-k race. Bret Mueller paved the way by finishing fifth among a field of 87 runners with a time of 28:16.47. Tyler Parrish finished close behind in eighth (28:29.67).
Josh Richert was 41st (30:47.94), Mitchell Graf 71st (33:38.35), and Jared Janzen 86th (40:39.56).
As a team, the Tabor men finished fifth of nine with 149 points. McPherson won with 33.
?We ran season-bests across the board, so it was a great outing for us,? Grime said of the men?s team. ?They are finally starting to hit their stride and see their potential.?
Coming?Tabor will compete at the Fort Hays Tiger Open in Victoria Oct. 10.
The women?s race is scheduled for 9 a.m. The men will run at 9:30 a.m.