Tiger XC Participates in Adidas Invite

Friday, Oct. 12-

The Mizzou women’s and men’s cross country teams raced Friday at the Fourth Annual Wisconsin Adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis. The event included an 8-kilometer race for the men and a 6-kilometer women’s race. After both races there was also a “B” race for both genders to compete in.

Starting at noon, performance wasn’t top notch for the women of Missouri as they ran their first 6k of the season. Junior Kaitie Vanatta finished first out on the team with a 20:52, receiving 108th place.

Twenty-seven seconds behind was senior Bailey Belvis at 21:19. The rest of the pack trailed behind. The Tigers placed 43rd out of the 49 teams with Iowa State securing the team championship.

The men began shortly after. Senior Max Storms from Kansas City, Mo., led his team once again with a 24:01 to earn 49th place. Junior Merid Seleshi and sophomore Bryant Blahnik sprinted right behind Storms with two personal best times of their own, finishing a second apart at 24:24 and 24:25.

Junior Hayden Legg tried to keep up with them as he crossed the line at 24:37. Last but not least, freshman Tyler Schneider was the last of the top five Tigers with a 24:45. Mizzou placed 31st out of 49 as Stanford claimed the team championship title.

The last race of the day was the women and men’s B races. The ladies representing Mizzou were junior Chelsea Chrisman, sophomore Brianna Westervelt, and freshmen Sam Garret and Faith Summey. Even though none of them placed in the top 50, Summey was close at 77th place.

For the men, junior Tyler Compton had the best time out of all five Mizzou participants, whose 24:53 landed him in 12th place. Sophomores Sam Dickerson and J.T. McCarthy, and freshmen Kenny Cushingand and Joe McKenna ran behind their upperclassman, all placing in the top 43 participants.

Despite the Tigers not having individual winners or a team championship, they continue to work hard and prepare for their SEC Championships in Nashville, Tenn. Mizzou’s next event is on October 26, when they will be running in the Illini Open in Champaign, Ill.

-Kristen Carver
23 Sports
Staff Writer