TC tracksters tune up for finale

The Tabor College women?s track and field team had a banner day at the Southwestern Relays Saturday in Winfield. Led by seniors Heidi Schmidt and Amber Wiens the Bluejays set three new school records.

?After a season of long and hard training, it really came together for a number of athletes Saturday,? coach Dave Kroeker said.

Kroeker said that Schmidt and Wiens, who placed 1-2 in the 1,500 meter run, both outstripped the school record and provided the highlight of the meet.

Schmidt notched a new personal record six seconds faster than her previous best in 4:54.01 and Wiens stopped the clock at 4:58.50.

?Amber has battled back from injury and just was trying to be competitive and ran just a tremendous race herself,? Kroeker said.

Freshman Liz Kleinsasser (2:19.07, 3rd) ran the fastest 800 in Tabor history.

Kleinsasser then teamed up with Kelli Kopper, Andrea Batista, and Shelby Miller in the 4×400 relay. The group not only lowered their school record time?set one week ago at the KU Relays?to 4:03.40, but also sprinted past archrival Southwestern to claim first place.

On the men’s side, season-best performances included the following: Brent Nelson (51.50, 10th) in the 400; Zac Remboldt (1:59.91, 6th), Caleb Schroeder (2:01.18, 8th), and Adam McPeck (2:02.41, 10th) in the 800; Tim Funk (16.48, 4th) in the 110m hurdles; and Dan Sigley (10:41.52, 2nd) in the 3,000 steeplechase.

Matt Vaughn improved his personal record by ten feet in the hammer throw (129-00, 9th).

Andrew Topham, Peabody, placed first in the 5,000 for Southwestern with a time of 15:34.17.

Coming?The KCAC championship will be held at Friends this weekend.

Field events start at 2 p.m. Friday and at 1 p.m. Saturday Running events start at 5 p.m. both days.

?This is the weekend that we as a team have been looking forward to since January when practice started,? Kroeker said. ?It looks like we are peaking at just the right time.?

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