TC track earns third place finishes at KCAC meet

The Tabor College men?s and women?s track teams both took third place out of nine schools in the first KCAC?Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday at Wichita.

The two teams combined for 10 first-place finishes, with Tabor athletes winning both the men?s and women?s weight throw events.

Head coach Dave Kroeker received Men?s Indoor Coach of the Year honors from participating KCAC coaches at the end of the meet.

?I was surprised but very honored,? Kroeker said. ?The kids did the work!?

The Tabor men finished with 98 points at this weekend?s meet, trailing Friends with 154 and Southwestern with 99.

Ishmael Morris placed sixth for Tabor in the 60 meters with a time of 7.16 seconds. Nathan Vogel took first with a time of 1:23.59 in the 600 meters with Noah Collins placing sixth in 1:32.57, Trent Wilker placing eighth in 1:41.33 and Jon Guttierez coming in ninth in 1:44.12. Chris Lopez won the 800 in 1:57. Garrett Daugherty placed sixth in 2:40.24 and Phillip Magos seventh in 2:40.33 in the 1,000 meters. Daugherty placed fifth in the mile in 4:28.83.Joel Allen took fifth in the 5,000 in 15:41.

Dominick Eastman took first in 8.35 and Landry Cogburn fourth in 8.68 in the 60-meter hurdles.

Tabor won the 4×800 in 7:59 and took second in the 4,000 distance medley relay in 10:47, with Vogel anchoring both and coming from behind for the win.

Mickey Polley placed fourth in pole vault by clearing 3.8 meters. In the long jump, Eastman placed ninth with a leap of 6.25 meters and Aziz Spellman-Smith was 10th at 6.25 meters. In the triple jump, Eastman claimed first at 14.24 meters, Spellman-Smith was fifth at 13.16 meters and Henry Kellumen sixth at 12.75. Michael Klaasen took fourth in shot put with a toss of 14.60 meters. In the weight throw, Klaasen took first with a toss of 16.37 meters and Kruze Sanders placed seventh at 12.38 meters.

The Tabor women finished with 89 points to trail Friends with 145 and Southwestern with 93. Makenzie King placed fifth in the 200 with a time of 27.29. In the 400, King took first in 1:01.04 and Katarina Plaza was 10th with 1:14.56. In the 600, Hannah Holmes placed fifth in 2:01.38 and Allison Palmgren was sixth in 2:05:50. Brielle Lund finished second in the 1,000 meter with a time of 3:10.84. Lund placed second in the mile in 5:18.79.

Tabor?s 4×800 team placed third in 10:17.75 and fifth in the 4,000 distance medley in 14:42.14.

Emily Post won the high jump by clearing 1.64 meters, and the triple jump with a leap of 10.92 meters. She was third in long jump at 5.02 meters. Yvonne Brubacher placed fourth in pole vault at 2.75 meters. Ruthann Ralstin placed sixth in shot put with a toss of 9.70 meters. In the weight throw, Jasmin Peggese took first at 16.53, Ralstin second at 13.72 and Caitlin Honn seventh at 11.05.

Tabor athletes qualifying for the NAIA Indoor National Championships include: Post, high jump; Eastman in the 60 meter hurdles, triple jump; Peggese, weight throw; men?s 4×800 relay team, which includes Magos, Lopez, Daugherty and Vogel.

?Both men’s and women’s teams had great weekends,? said Kroeker. ?There were just so many excellent performances.?

Coming?Tabor is scheduled to compete Friday in the Last Chance Meet at Kansas State University.

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