Hank Noah, 23 Sports

The Missouri men’s and women’s cross-country teams traveled to Ames, Iowa on Friday to participate in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships. Both Tiger teams ran exceptionally well and dominated the competition. MU Senior Karissa Schweizer, who won the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships last year, repeated as champion. The Urbandale, Iowa native ran a time of 19:50.9 on the day.

Schweizer was not the only Tiger who had success on Friday. On the women’s side, Megan Cunningham placed twelfth with a time of 20:29.9. Sophia Racette placed 64th, Jamie Kempfer was three places behind her, and Hannah Thomas placed 71st. Coach Marc Burns had some high praise for MU’s women’s cross-country team: “Karissa looked amazing up front, and Megan had a huge day. I was also really impressed with how Sophia and Hannah battled the entire race, as both moved up a ton from 3k to the finish. We are in the mix for an at-large bid and will find out if we make it to the NCAA meet as a team tomorrow. Karissa will be ready to battle anyone next week, but hopefully she [has] Tigers running with her.” (mutigers.com) MU’s women’s team placed fourth overall at the event.

On the men’s side, Thomas George placed 15th and recorded a time of 29:32.6. He was followed by Marc Dubrick who finished 38th. Mizzou’s men’s team placed ninth overall with 271 points.

The Tigers will now wait and see who will join Schweizer at the NCAA Championships on November 18th in Louisville, Kentucky.