Brooke Lemke – 23 Sports

Mizzou men and women’s cross country teams closed out their 2020 season on Friday at the SEC Championships in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The men’s team finished sixth place with 151 points. The women’s team placed seventh, earning 230 points. The women had placed third in the 2019 SEC Championships, and their seventh place end in 2020 broke their four year streak of placing in the top five at the championship meet. 

For the women, Senior Sarah Chapman took home the third-place bronze medal, earning a solo top-5 finish. Chapman bested her previous personal record for the second consecutive race with a time of 19:58.9 in the 6K race. Her time was the first race since the 2018 SEC championships that a female ran a sub-20 minute 6K.  Chapman has had strong performances all season, earning two weekly honors earlier in October.

The SEC championships brought tough competition for the Tigers women’s squad. They faced 13 of 14 SEC schools. Besides the strong performance by Chapman, sophomore Ginger Murnieks finished 43rd with a time of 21:25.0, followed by freshman McKenna Revord clocking in at 21:28.8 for the 49th spot. Revord’s performance won her a spot for the All-SEC Freshman Team. 

For the men, senior Kieran Wood also earned a top five finish as well as All-SEC First Team Honors. Wood placed fourth with a time of 23:54.5 for the men’s 8K. Wood’s finish marked the highest spot a Mizzou male earned in a contest since Mizzou joined the SEC in 2012. 

Four other men finished in the top 50 for the Tigers. Freshman William Sinclair placed 41st, timing in at 25:09.1. Sinclair ended the competition recognized for All-Freshman SEC honors. 

Despite a shorter season due to COVID-19, the women ended their season finishing three competitions, placing third, second and seventh. The men’s squad also competed in three meets, and they placed first, third and sixth.

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