Daugherty, Holmes lead TC track

Jonathan Gibson launches the shot put at the Hutch Night Relays Thursday. Gibson placed fourth with a throw of 45 feet, 8 inches. Phyllis Richert Photo

The Tabor College track and field teams earned two gold medals and qualified one for nationals at the Hutch Night Relays Thursday.

The Bluejay men turned in 22 top-eight performances, leading to a third-place team finish among a nine-team field with 88 points behind the host school (218) and Cloud County (204).

Paving the way for the men?s team, Garrett Daugherty won the 800-meter run in an NAIA B qualifying time of 1 minute, 53.42 seconds, which was the fastest time of any KCAC athlete so far this year.

Two Bluejays placed second: Bret Mueller in the 1,500-meter run (4:15.46); and Joel Allen in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:01.43).

Three Bluejay events earned the bronze medal: Zac Krehbiel, Caleb Blue, Ontrevon Cooper and Cody Coleman placed third in the 4×100 relay (44.35); Blue, Keith Francis, Mueller and Daugherty were third in the 4×400 (3:25.20); and Caleb Neufeld finished third in the hammer (136 feet, 7 inches).

Turning in fourth-place finishes were: Blue in the 400 (50.51); and Jonathan Gibson in the shot put (45-8).

Four Bluejays finished fifth: Daniel Quiring in the shot put (44-81?2); Shawn Johnston in the javelin (143-9); Keith Francis in the 400 (50.71); and Josh Richert in the 1,500 (4:24.33).

Completing the top-eight performances were: Tyler Parrish, sixth in the 1,500 (4:28.08); Tyler Entz, sixth in the high jump (6-0); Avery Franz, seventh in the triple jump (40-43?4); Johnny Loera, seventh in the shot put (40-51?4); Mueller, Richert, Allen and Parrish, seventh in the 4×400 (3:47.20); Dewayne Biggs, eighth in the high jump (5-8); Quiring placed eighth in the discus (115-8); Gibson, eighth in the javelin (123-4); and Krehbiel, eighth in both the 100 (11.24) and the 200 (22.64).

The Tabor women, meanwhile, turned in 10 top-eight performances, leading to a sixth-place finish with 49 points among nine teams. Cloud County won with 2221?2).

Hannah Holmes paved the way for the women?s team. She won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 19:02.58, lapping the field and setting a new personal record.

Tabor earned three silver medals. Jessica Samuel, Ashton Kroeker, Paula Young and Sarah Hagen placed second in the 4×400 relay (4:32.14); and Ashton Kroeker was second in both the high jump (4-111?2) and the triple jump (35-4).

Completing the top-eight performances were: Samuel, fifth in the 400 (1:03.40) and sixth in the 200 (26.43); Emily Peterson, sixth in the javelin (95-9); Kaylee Schmidt, seventh in the javelin (68-11); Kroeker, seventh in the 400 (1:03.91); and Sarah Hagen, eighth in the 800 (2:38.62).

Coming?Tabor will compete at Wichita State University Friday. Events are set to begin at 3 p.m. The Bluejays will compete at Pittsburg State Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

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