Bradley Davis, 23 Sports

Fresh off of qualifying out of the SEC championships last week, both the Mizzou Men’s and Women’s cross country teams traveled to Peoria, Illinois to compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional this past Friday. Both teams had strong days against stiff competition, however were unable to qualify for the national race in Madison, Wisconsin.

Women: For their performance in the 6K, the Tigers finished just outside the top ten, placing 11th out of the 34 teams with 278 points. Iowa State (78 points) and Oklahoma State (140 points) finished first and second, grabbing the automatic qualifying spots to Nationals, while Minnesota (185 points) rounded out the top three. Mizzou’s freshman trio all placed in the top 30 runners with Rielly Revord leading the way, finishing 20th in 21:07.2. Tori Findley followed finishing 29th in 21:20.7, with Mikayla Reed one place behind her in 21:21.9. Revord’s top 25 finish makes her eligible to be selected as an individual qualifier to nationals.

Men: The men’s team also finished in the top half of the field in the 10K, placing 13th out of 31 teams with a score of 330. Iowa State (38 points) places first, winning both the men’s and women’s region races. Bradley University (102 points) takes the second automatic qualifying bid, while Tulsa (107 points) takes the bronze. Kieran Wood was Mizzou’s highest finisher on the day, placing 19th in 31:21.9. Thomas George followed in 37th place in 31:55.1, and Evan Schulte rounded out Mizzou’s top three, placing 72nd in 32:28.7. Woods also became eligible of an individual qualifying selection with his finish.

Next: Rielly Revord and Kieran Wood just missed out on qualifying as one of the 38 individual qualifiers, resulting in the end of the Mizzou Cross Country season. Both teams experienced success that they only hope will grow next year, when they will hope to have Tigers representing at the 2019 National Race.