Three Tabor College track team athletes achieved qualifying performances for the NAIA?National Outdoor Championship during the Southwestern Invitational Thursday.
Emily Post qualified in the high jump and triple jump, Samantha Van Ranken qualified in the javelin and Dominick Eastman qualified in the 110-meter hurdles.
?There were numerous personal records during a beautiful track day in Winfield,? coach David Kroeker said. ?Early season qualifications really take the pressure off athletes to qualify and allows them to focus on improving during the rest of the season. It is unusual to qualify so early.?
Freshman Joel Allen broke Tabor records in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs, while Brielle Lund ran under five minutes (4:58) in the 1,500 to place fourth.
?(Lund?s time) is an excellent time, especially this early in the season,? Kroeker said. ?I was pretty sure Joel would break both of those records pretty early in the season because of his talent level.
?All of those athletes will get better over the next two months so there are even better heights, distances and times to come. It is really exciting.?
For the women?s team, Makenzie King placed fifth in the 400 meters in 1:01.25 and the 4×100 team placed sixth.
In the jumps, Post won the triple jump with a leap of 11.58 meters and took fourth in high jump by clearing 1.68 meters. Yvonne Brubacher tied for seventh in the pole vault with a jump of 3.05.
In the throws, Tynan Honn placed second in the shot put at 12.61 meters. Van Ranken took second in the javelin with a throw of 39.18, and seventh in the hammer throw at 39.98.
For the men, Nathan Vogel placed fifth in the 800 in 1:59.21, with Phillip Magos coming in ninth in 2:01.33 and Garrett Daugherty 10th in 2:03.16.
Daugherty took seventh in the 1,500 in 4:06. Allen placed fourth in the 5,000 in 15:15 and won the 10,000 in 34:22.
Eastman won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.69, with Landry Cogburn coming in ninth in 15.94. Cogburn placed fifth in the 400 hurdles in 56.94 and Eastman came in sixth in 57.50.
Jacob Heil claimed fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:10.63, with Chris Lopez coming in ninth in 10:28.68.
Tabor placed sixth in the 4×100 in 43.43 and seventh in the 4×400 in 3:25.96.
In the jumps, Ryan Chip?peaux placed sixth in the high jump by clearing 1.91 meters. Aziz Spellman-Smith came in ninth in the triple jump at 13.47.
In the throws, Michael Klaassen took fifth in the hammer with a toss of 48.45 meters and ninth in the shot put at 14.20. David Loewen placed ninth in the javelin at 46.39.
?For everyone, the best is yet to come,? Kroeker said. ?We have seven weeks until conference so we will be looking to build each week to our peaks…
?We will have more national qualifiers, hopefully, so our excellent performances this early in the year will really encourage everyone to continue to practice hard and improve each week.?
Coming?The Bluejays are scheduled to compete at Baker University Saturday.