Edward Redler, 23 Sports

Friday, October 30–

The men led off the championship portion of the season by taking sixth in the team competition on a rainy Friday morning in College Station, Texas. Leading the way was sophomore Sheldon Keence.

The women followed with an eighth place finish led by Karissa Schweizer, the returning SEC Freshman of the Year who placed 14th overall in conference.

Keence moved up steadily through the field in the 8k course to close in 22nd overall (24:16.20). Crossing just behind him was classmate Marc Dubrick, pacing through in 24:17.50 for 24th overall.

Rounding out the top five scorers for the Tiger men were juniors Jordan Cook (31st), Will Crocker (33rd), and Dan Roe (36th).

The Missouri women finished fourth as a team a year ago. The 2015 team is missing Kaitlyn Fischer who was shut down for the rest of the season on a medical redshirt. The junior has experienced fatigue that has caused her to miss every meet this season.

Schweizer earned her first All-SEC honor on the cross country course. She is one of only four runners from the Midwest region to qualify for the NCAA Championships with a seventh place finish at the NCAA Midwest Region Cross Country Championships.

The duo of Fischer and Schweizer finished in the top 20 at the 2014 SEC Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The women’s 6k followed and Schweizer was back at the helm for the Tigers with a top-20 performance throughout the race. A big move in the last 50 meters of the course moved her into the 14th position clinching her an All-SEC Second Team honor.

Next across the line for the Black and Gold was the pair of juniors, Nicole Mello and Teylar Adelsberger, who finished 47th and 49th, respectively. Freshmen Kelli Jackson and Emmie Hahn rounded out the five scorers for the Tigers in 67th and 78th, respectively.

The Tigers now will prepare for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Lawrence, Kansas on Friday, Nov. 13.