Cross Country Dominates Bradley Classic

Friday, Oct. 14 –

The Tiger women were sensational as they raced their way to a first place victory at the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Ill.

Missouri took the top spot after finishing ahead of the 20 other squads at Newman Golf Course. The first place finish is the first team title for MU this year, and their first major cross country victory of the season.

The Tigers were outstanding, with three girls finishing in the top 12 of the final standings. The star was junior Bailey Belvis, who took home eighth place in the overall meet. Freshmen Liz Reida (10th) and Courtney Brown (12th) were also key contributors to Missouri’s big win in the Bradley Classic.

The seven lady Tigers hit the finish line with a combined average time of 21:47.71 and finished a whopping 23 points ahead of second place finisher Illinois State.

The Tigers paced themselves well, grasping the lead around the halfway mark. Slowly but surely, the three lead lady Tigers moved into the top 15 and cemented that spot till the end when they finished.

The women have looked good this year, finishing ninth at a very tough Notre Dame Invitational. The Tigers also garnered second place at the rigorous Cross Country Challenge held at the University of Missouri, including a fourth place finish for freshman Liz Reida.

The lady Tigers still have a long season ahead of them, including the Big 12 Championships in College Station, Texas on Oct. 29, the NCAA Regional Championships in Dekalb, Ill., on Nov. 12, and the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 21.

With the recent success and dramatic improvement from the start of the season, there is lots of optimism surrounding the cross-country team and a serious run at the NCAA championships is on the horizon.

– Kevin Waida
23 Sports
Staff Writer