Cross Country impresses at the Greater Louisville Classic

By Jacob Seus, 23 sports

Saturday, October 4-

The Mizzou cross-country team was on the road again as they traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for the Greater Louisville Classic. This was the second consecutive meet for the Tigers in which they went up against the countries toughest opponents. Last weekend, at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota, Mizzou had a pair of top 20 finishes.

The Greater Louisivlle Classic is the second largest meet in the country hosting 125 colleges and universities and over 2,500 athletes. It was a chilly morning in Louisville when the men’s gold race got under way.

Junior Tyler Schneider set the tone for Mizzou right off the bat. Schneider had the best finish for Mizzou, taking 9th (24:02). His ninth place finish was the best ever for a Tiger at this meet.

The Tigers were also represented in the top 20 by sophomore T.J. Carey who finished 13th (24:22) and sophomore Dan Roe who placed 16th (24:26). The men finished third overall in the men’s gold category, also a Mizzou best.

After the men’s events were finished it was time for the woman to take the spotlight. The Mizzou woman finished fifth in the gold race. Freshman Karissa Schweizer had an outstanding race finishing 11th (17:18). Also in the gold race senior Courtney Wood finished 34th (17:45).

Missouri performed exceptionally well in the Blue Race, taking first place. The charge was led by freshman Madison Waymire (18:20) and Teylar Adelsberger (18:22) who finished 12th and 13th respectively.

I had the chance to catch up with Adelsberger after the race. Adelsberger was happy with her results but certainly not satisfied, “I was happy to run a PR and progress, but I aimed to run faster”.

The Mizzou woman couldn’t have asked for a better result but Adelsberger feels that there is room for improvement. “The team felt good about the result we are always wanting more though. After a race the week prior, it was good for the team to get back on our feet and have a solid performance.”

Despite their first place finish the team has been very hard on themselves. “To improve, the team can continue working hard each and everyday at practice by overall effort and making sure to do the little things”.

Mizzou cross country next competes at the Bradley Classic and Pre Nationals. To prepare for the race the team will have tough, long workouts on a type of surface that will replicate the surface they will run on at pre nationals.

Adelsberger believes they will be successful at the next race. “We have a solid group of girls who are all continuing to improve throughout the season and we know that we are only strong when we are all running for each other. I think we will have a great showing and beat some good team”.

Be sure to catch Mizzou at the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Illinois, as well as the pre national race in Terre Haute, Indiana on October 18th.