Collecting six gold medals on the way to a second-place finish at the KCAC meet in Ottawa Friday and Saturday, the Tabor women?s track team finished with seven gold medals. Friends won with 167 points, Tabor had 140.
Bethany placed third followed by Southwestern (77), Ottawa (37), Bethel (35), Kansas Wesleyan (32), McPherson College (26) and Sterling (21).
Southwestern won the men?s meet scoring 193 points. Friends (105) was second trailed by Bethel (80), Ottawa (75), McPherson College (65), Sterling (58), Tabor (30), Kansas Wesleyan (24) and Bethany (19).
?It turned out about how I had it scored coming into the conference meet,? said coach David Kroeker. ?Obviously I want to win and the team wanted to win, but I thought we really performed well, especially on Saturday. I thought we had a good Saturday.?
Tasia Johnson led the Bluejays with four first-place medals. She was the recipient of the Most Outstanding Female Athlete award.
Johnson won individual medals in the 100 meter dash (12.52), the long jump (18-08.00) and was part of the gold medal 4×100 and 4×400 meter relay teams. Johnson also qualified for NAIA nationals with a ?B? standard length of 37-01.25.
Johnson teamed up with Kayla Gershon, Kelli Kopper and Jessica Burden to win the 4×100 in 57.69. Winning the 4×400 with a time of 4:01.90, were Tessa Siebert, Andrea Batista, Johnson and Kopper.
Kopper won three gold medals, adding an individual 400 meter dash first place finish (57.69). Chelsea Malone won the javelin, throwing 134-10.
The KCAC champion 4×100 relay team also qualified with a NAIA ?A? standard time. This opened up a spot for the Bluejays 4×400 relay team at the NAIA Outdoor Championships May 27. The 4×400 qualified with a ?B? standard qualifying time of 4:00.56 at the Southwesterm Relays.
?Any NAIA can take three ?B? standard qualifiers, one of those can be relay,? said Kroeker. ?Befiore we qualified 4×100 and 4×400 ?B? standard so only one of them could go.?
Before the last chance meets at Fort Hays May 13 and Emporia State May 15, Tabor has qualified 14 athletes for the NAIA meet, the most in the programs? history. Previously, the most sent was 12 in 2008.
The national qualifiers include; the relay teams, Johnson (100 B, triple jump B and long jump A), Christina Addison (half marathon A), Samantha Vane Ranken (javelin A), Emily Post (triple jump A), Ryan Chippeaux (high jump), Chelsea Malone (javelin A) and Tynon Honn (shot put B), Kellie Kopper (400). Johnson said she will not run in the 100-meter at Nationals.
Competing in the 800 meter run at nationals last season, Justin Ball will use the last meets to attempt to qualify. Kroeker said the 4×400 meter team and the rest of the national qualifiers will participate in both meets.
?We may run the womens? 4×400 just to try to get the ?A? standard and break the school record, before we go to nationals? Kroeker said.