In a matchup of two nationally ranked KCAC teams Tabor College came out on top, defeating Friends University in three out of four games.
Friday in Wichita, Tabor won 3-0 the first game, but lost 3-1 in the next. In Hillsboro the next day, the Bluejays won 7-4 and 10-8, improving to 15-1 in conference play.
Tabor, No. 12 in the NAIA, has doubleheaders with Sterling College Friday and Saturday. The teams play in Sterling Friday and in Hillsboro Saturday, both games at 1 p.m.
Softball splits games in KCAC play
The Tabor softball team evened out against conference opponents early last week.
Against Friends in Wichita April 2, the Bluejays won the first game 3-1, losing the next game by the same score. The second game was called in the fifth inning due to weather.
Saturday in Winfield against Southwestern College, Tabor lost 7-3 then won 11-6.
The Lady Jays play their only games this week Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. in Ottawa.
Grier qualifies for nationals
Bluejay sprinter Alex Grier qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Championships in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.73 seconds at Hutchinson Community College.
Head coach Dave Kroeker said many other athletes earned first-place finishes.
Freshman Caleb Blue won the 400 meter with a 49.76 time, while senior Kristen Harris won both the pole vault and 400 hurdles. Garrett Daugherty and Brielle Lund won the men and women’s 1,500-meter run. Lund also helped win the women’s distance medley relay with Hannah Holmes, Sarah Hagan, and Bailey Clark. Tyler Entz made the best collegiate jump on the day at 6-feet.
Athletes will compete next on Saturday at Wichita State.
Tennis teams lose at McPherson
Neither the men nor women’s tennis teams fared well Saturday when visiting McPherson College. The Bluejays struggled to score, the men losing 9-0 and the women 8-1.
The teams play next at 3 p.m. Thursday in Ottawa and at 1 p.m. Monday in Hillsboro against Friends. The women also play Saturday in Hillsboro — against Bethany College at 9 a.m. and Seward County Community College at 3 p.m.