Daugherty, Holmes shine at nationals

Garrett Daugherty earned All-America honors at the NAIA national meet. Free Press File PhotoHannah Holmes earned All-America honors at the NAIA national meet. Free Press File Photos

Two members of the Tabor College track and field team represented the Bluejays at the NAIA Outdoor National Cham?pionships in Gulf Shores, Ala., Saturday. Both earned All-American honors by placing among the top eight.

Competing in the women?s marathon, senior Hannah Holmes placed eighth among a field of 38 finishers, completing the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 14 minutes, 5.0 seconds.

?Hannah showed her grit and determination over the last several miles, passing multiple competitors over the last three miles of the race to get eighth,? coach Dave Kroeker said. ?A marathon is as much an act of will as it is training. She has worked so hard over four years; it was a privilege to see her achieve what she told me after the race she never imagined four years ago.?

Senior Garrett Daugherty concluded his Tabor career by winning the silver medal in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:51.25 to re-set his own school record.

?Garrett has been a stalwart performer for our men’s team for four years,? Kroeker said. ?His competitive spirit and hard work paid off on the track?Saturday. Garrett finishes his track career with four All-American performances and multiple KCAC championship performances and school records.?

Kroeker spoke well of the contributions of both Holmes and Daugherty to the Tabor program.

?Both Hannah and Garrett represent what is best in athletics at Tabor College in the way they train, compete and perform,? he said. ?They did it with confidence and humility while giving glory to God, both in the wins and the losses.?I am so proud that such fine young people were able to accomplish what they have over the past four years, and it has been a privilege to be a small part of their success.?

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