Newton, Kan. - The Tabor Invite at Harvey County Eastlake tested the patience and strength of the cross country team this weekend as the Threshers laced up there shoes and took to the course running. "The weather is perfect for running," said Brian Skinner a senior from Newton, Kansas.
Coach Allshouse encouraged everyone to study the course and get a good warm up in so that the teams would be ready to compete in such fine racing conditions. When asked how he expected the teams to perform at this meet all coach Allshouse had to say was, "Our training has progressed very well so I expect the teams to compete like I know they can." Both teams were ready to compete as they lined up at the start line.
The Thresher men's team had suffered more setbacks through injuries, however, and a few members of the team had to sit out this race so that they could be healthy for races later in the season. Coach Allshouse's stance has always been that he should field the best team he can at the Conference meet and if some members have to sit out due to injury then it is more than necessary. The men's team was led by Nathan May, Kevin Leary, and Zachary Metzler who all made huge strides of improvement from the first meet.
The women's was again led by the Jackie Kamphaus who finished sixth in her second race of the year. Kent noted that Jackie kept focus and ran an excellent race. Emily Gundy also finished high in the rankings and close behind her was Mariah Hostetler. Overall the women's team finished third out of ten teams. Kent Allshouse was extremely proud at how excellent his teams were performing. The women's team especially gave him an eye towards Conference as they had another strong showing. The men's and women's teams will next travel to Emporia to run in the Emporia State University Invitational.