Missouri Cross Country Excels at Conference Meet

Saturday, Oct. 29 –

The Missouri Tigers took some tough defeats early in the season, but it appears their hard work is starting to pay off.

Competing with some of the best teams in the country, the Tiger women were the surprise of the day with their fourth place finish. It was the best finish for the team at the conference meet since 2005.

Junior Bailey Belvis lead the way for the women achieving all conference honors with her 14th place finish. Freshman Liz Reida and Courtney Brown continued their success for the Tigers finishing in 21st and 38th, respectively.

The Tigers shocked the three-time defending Big 12 champions, Texas Tech, by a single point. Further testament to their success was their 44-point margin of victory over rival Kansas, a team they lost to earlier this year.

The Tiger women are hopeful to continue to peak at the right time in order to qualify for the NCAA championships on Nov. 21.

In the men’s race, national title contender Oklahoma St. destroyed the field with a miniscule 30 points. The Tigers were in a fight of their own though, besting rival Kansas by 15 points while achieving their best finish at the tourney since 2008, placing sixth.

Senior Dan Quigley had by far his best race of the season, beating normal No. 1 runner Max Storms by one second. Quigley finished 24th in a great 8k time of 24:24. Two sophomores, Hayden Legg and Tyler Compton, stepped up with big races, finishing 37th and 55th, respectively. After getting destroyed by the rival Jayhawks earlier in the season, the men were quite pleased to run well at conference and get the better of their rivals.

Unless the Tigers can qualify for the NCAA Championships, both cross country squads will be participating in their last meet of the season on Nov. 12 at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet in Dekalb, Ill.

– Kyle Jacoby
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Staff Writer