TC’s Cheatham breaks school’s shot record

The Tabor College track teams competed at the Baker Relays, highlighted by Austin Cheatham winning the men’s shot put with a school-record throw of 54 feet, 21⁄2 inches, and throwing a qualifying mark for the NAIA Outdoor National Meet.

Steve Morris had held the shot put record since 1976.

Also hitting a national qualifying mark in the shot put was Robert Phillips who finished second in the event with a toss of 51-7.

Other event winners for Tabor were Shevon Blair in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and Marah Franz, who won the women’s pole vault by clearing 9 feet, 5 inches.

Notable performances were turned in by Avery Franz and Marlon Cooper in the triple jump. Franz and cooper bested the 45-foot barrier—Franz’s 45-8 jump was just 4 inches under the national qualifying mark; Cooper’s 45-1/4 effort is his personal record.

Johnny Loera set a personal record of 161-6 in the hammer throw and placed fourth while Trajen Smith placed fourth the men’s javelin.

For the Tabor women, Emily Kemling placed second in her first 3,000-meter steeplechase race, Aaliyah Manuz placed fourth in the 400-meter low hurdles, and Sarah Bird was fourth in the women’s long jump.

Coming—Tabor’s track and field teams are schedule to compete April 6-7 at the Friends Invitational in Wichita.