TC qualifies two for NAIA?nationals

Tabor College hosted the Tabor Spring Break Track Meet at Joel H. Wiens Stadium Thursday.

Bethel College and Hutchinson Community College participated in the three-team meet.

The Tabor women finished with 11 first-place finishes, more than any team at the meet. Two Bluejays qualified for NAIA nationals.

Emily Post qualified in the triple jump, jumping a distance of 11.38 meters. Samantha Van Ranken qualified in the javelin with a throw of 40.54 meters. Both were first place finishes.

The triple jump was Post?s second top finish of the meet. Moments before, Post won the long jump with a leap of 5.42 meters.

Post and Van Ranken will compete in the NAIA Outdoor National Championships May 27-29, hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.

The Bluejays also had the two top finishes in the high jump. Taisha Johnson won the event, clearing 1.52 meters. Destinee Cogburn finished second with a jump of 1.47 meters.

The Tabor women won seven of 10 running events. Andrea Batista won the 400-meter dash in 1:01.38. Kelli Kopper finished first in the 800 in 2:26.77. Tessa Siebert placed second behind Kopper in 2:31.09.

Tabor was the only team to have runners in the finals of the 1,500. Christina Addison outran her teammate to place first in 5:24.52. Jordan Zielke finished second in 5:35.42 and Jera Teselle was third in 5:48.77.

For the second consecutive meet, ShaRae Wadel won the 400-meter hurdles. Wadel finished in 1:12.38; Julia Carlton was third in 1:20.34.

Finishing with a time of 13:30.56, Erin Flaming won the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Carlton earned her second bronze of the day with a time of 14:03.53.

Rounding out the seven running gold medals were the Tabor 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams. The 4×100 team crossed in 50.30. The 4×400 team won in 4:17.62.

For the men, Justin Ball finished first in the 400, timed at 50.38. Spencer Boyes crossed the finish line at 17:31.45 en route to a gold medal in the 5,000. Boyes also took second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:56.33.

After spring break,the Tabor teams return to action April 3 at the Friends Invitational in Wichita.

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