MARION RESERVOIR — McPherson College’s men’s cross country team placed seven runners in the Top 14 to capture the team title at the Tabor Invitational Friday night at the Marion Reservoir's Cottonwood Point Campground. The Bulldogs also took third in the women's race.
Lauren Wankum got off to a strong start off the line in the women's race and took third overall (20:30.65) behind Mattie Swisher (20:19.51) and Lacie Siruta (20:19.94), both of Dodge City Community College. Mac’s Laura Gibson was 15th (22:04.73), followed by Rachel Foreman in 21st place (23:22.77) and Ane' Archuleta in 22nd place (23:23.44). Taylor Dreiling was the final McPherson finisher, taking 28th overall (24:21.38).
McPherson totaled 76 points to edge Hesston for third by a single marker. Dodge City won the women's team title with 30 points, while host Tabor took second with 61. Oklahoma Wesleyan (104) and Oklahoma Panhandle State (144) rounded out the field the team race. Bethel, Bethany, Barclay and Northwest Kansas Technical College had individual competitors.
In the men's race, Mac’s Jonathan Dominguez took second (28:15.40) behind Oklahoma Wesleyan's Nathan Tripp (27:34.49), while the Bulldogs’ Jerod Fuller outsprinted Oklahoma Panhandle State's Philip Kirongo to the line for fourth place (28:32.73). Kurt Katzdorn ook sixth (28:56.77) and Jesse Freeman was eighth (29:10.53), while Michael Janzer finished 10th (29:25.42) just ahead of Casey Zimmerman in 11th place (29:26.16). Gavin Hightower took 14th (29:56.37) as all seven of McPherson's scoring runners finished in the Top 15.
Also finishing the race for McPherson were Gustavo Pelayo in 19th place (31:04.43), Miguel Luna Sanchez in 35th place (32:47.57) and Don Bell in 56th place (42:34.34).
The Bulldogs finished with 26 points overall to easily outdistance the rest of the men's field. Dodge City Community College was second with 73 points, followed by Tabor (107), Hesston (113), Oklahoma Panhandle State (116), Oklahoma Wesleyan (119) and Bethany (146). Barclay, Bethel, Manhattan Christian and Northwest Kansas Technical College fielded individual participants only.
"I was very pleased with how both teams handled the heat and humidity today," Mac coach Cameron Magnall said. "It was a slower course than we've run on the last few weeks, so that was a detriment to us as well, but overall, I'm pleased the men came out really strong and set a good tone for the rest of the season and the ladies battled hard and I am proud of their third-place finish."
McPherson returns to the course in two weeks at the Fort Hays State University Tiger Open at Sand Plum Nature Trail in Victoria.