WICHITA, Kan. – The Tabor College women's cross country team finished sixth out of 10 teams this past weekend at the Friends Invitational part of the Wild Winds Festival held at the Kansas Coliseum in Park City, Kan.
"The weather was cool, finally, with slight breeze," said Head Cross Country Coach Dan Swaney. "The only thing that impacted the speed of the races to any real degree was that the ground was a little wet from a rain the night before, otherwise it was really nice."
Sophomore Brielle Lund paced the Lady Jays finishing in sixth place out of 102 runners with a time of 19:27, while freshman Hannah Holmes finished in 22nd place with a time of 20:52.
"I thought we ran pretty well last week at JK Gold, but with the race distance being shorter and the weather being warm and a little windy it was hard to know exactly how that would translate into a 5k," said Head Cross Country Coach Dan Swaney. "That being said, I think we ran quite a bit better than we did last week.
"Brielle established her position toward the front early on and slowly moved up from there. She finished 6th and was only four seconds off her personal record, which she ran at the KCAC Championships last year.
"Hannah ran her first collegiate 5k and bettered her high school personal by two minutes and six seconds," added Swaney. "I knew she was going to beat her best high school time by quite a bit and was very happy for her. She ran a great race and I think she's only going to improve even more as the season goes on. The top five women were all under 24 minutes, which only happened once last year. Our number three and four women ran well enough that we have a shot at getting our top four under 22 minutes by the end of the season and that hasn't happened in four years. I was really happy with the way the women ran."
Other finishers for the Lady Jays included freshman Katerina Plaza in 40th place with a time of 22:30, freshman Kaitlyn Lowry in 43rd place with a time of 22:40, freshman Allison Palmgren in 50th place with a time of 23:21, and sophomore Jordan Scheer in 78th place with a time of 27:21.
The Lady Jays will host their annual Tabor College Invitational Saturday Sept. 24 at the Harvey County East Lake. The women's race is set for 10 a.m. with the men's race to follow at 10:45 a.m.