Bradley Davis, 23 Sports

Both the Tigers’ men’s and women’s cross country teams travelled to Auburn, Alabama to compete in the SEC championship race Friday morning. The Women looked to place in the top five for the third consecutive year, while the men hoped to improve upon their seventh place finish from a year ago. Both teams achieved those respective goals, with the men’s and women’s teams each finishing fifth overall.

The Tigers finished fifth with 149 points, behind Arkansas (24 points), Florida (69 points), Ole Miss (116 points) and Georgia (144 points). Leading the team was Mizzou’s standout freshman trio, Tori Findley, Reilly Redford, and Mikayla Reed. Findley led the way for the Tigers, placing a team high 13th place with a time of 19:51. Her performance earned her All SEC Second Team. Next was Redford finishing 20th overall with a time of 20:04, and then Reed in 28th place with a time of 20:19. All three earned All-SEC Freshman honors, helping the team to their third consecutive top five finish.

The Men also finished fifth, with a score of 135 points, trailing Ole Miss (36 points), Arkansas (44 points), Kentucky (122 points) and Tennessee (132 points). The men dropped by far their fastest times of the season. As always, Mizzou was led by their two British studs, Kieran Wood and Thomas George. Woods ran his way to the Tigers’ best finish of the day, placing 10th overall with the blazing time of 23:1l. George finished closely behind, finishing 12th in 23:15. Both Woods and George earned Second Team All-SEC honors for their performance. Rounding out the top three was Martin Prodanov, placing 34th overall with a time of 23:59 and finishing in the top three for Mizzou for the first time all season.

Both the men’s and women’s team will travel to Peoria, Illinois November 9th, where they will compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional, where they will fight to qualify out to the NCAA Championship race.