Fischer, Carey take home Top-20 Honors at Griak Invitational

By Carter Woodiel, 23 Sports

Saturday, September 27-

Missouri cross-country’s quest for an at-large bid in the NCAA Championships hit a bit of a bump on the road on Saturday, with the Tigers finishing outside the top 10 in both the men’s and women’s competitions at the Roy Griak Invitaional in Minneapolis.

Two Mizzou runners received top 20 honors in the 29th edition of the meet, which featured some of the premier teams in the nation.

Missouri’s women finished in 11th place in the 35-team meet. Sophomore Kaitlyn Fischer once again led the way for the Tigers, with her time of 21:38 good for 14th overall. Fischer has recorded Mizzou’s best time in all three of the team’s meets this season. Freshman Karissa Schweizer was next for the Tigers, finishing 58th overall with a time of 22:29.

On the men’s side, Missouri finished in 14th place, paced by sophomores TJ Carey (25:16), Dan Roe (26:09), and Jordan Cook (26:21). Carey’s time was 12th best at the meet, with Roe finishing 64th and Cook in 86th place.

Missouri’s cross-country squads were coming off of a dominating performance at the Forest Park XC Festival in St. Louis on September 12th. This time Mizzou was unable to replicate its success against fiercer competition.

The meet’s men’s and women’s team titles went to Southern Utah and Michigan State respectively, with Nate Jawkes (Southern Utah) and Shelby Houlihan (Arizona State) taking home individual first place finishes.

Missouri’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will race again next week at the Greater Louisville Classic from Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, October 4th.