Bluejays ready to race into new season

As head coach Joel Allen and assistant coach Brielle Lund each enter their third year leading the Tabor cross country teams, they have big plans for their runners.

Team leaders will include senior Julie Loewen, 18:57.7, fourth fastest in Tabor history; juniors Emily Kemling, 19:02.5, sixth fastest in Tabor history, and Lindsay Crist, 20:35.8, 24th fastest in Tabor history; and sophomore Garrett Kinsey, 28:30.9, 29th fastest in Tabor history.

Loewen also earned KCAC All Conference eighth place and NAIA Nationals 175th place in 19:40. Kemling was KCAC All Conference 10th place and NAIA Nationals 156th place in 19:32, and Crist was KCAC All Conference 17th place and NAIA Nationals 302nd place in 21:11.

For the women, senior Chloe Linde, sophomores Noeli Saenz and Kate Reimer and freshman Abigail Berggren will look to make an impact, as well as juniors Riley Ballou-Lyngstad, Jacob Rudolph and Caleb Gaede, and freshman Nathan Kemling for the men.

The women finished fourth in the KCAC and the men in 10th, and Allen said they’ll be hoping to improve on those performances.

“Kinsey and Crist both have legitimate potential to break into the top 20 of Tabor’s XC record board. With breakout years, both Crist (for the second year in a row) and Kinsey will have a shot at stealing a spot to go to nationals,” he said. “Kemling and Loewen will both be in the hunt to climb the record board further and potentially become the overall record-holder. Both are in great shape to go to nationals for the second year in a row.”

The Bluejays are ready to meet any and all challenges for the season.

“Our biggest challenge is always to prepare everyone to run their best at the conference meet and keep them healthy in the process,” Allen said. “If we can avoid injury, there’s no reason why we can’t see improvement from everyone.”