Reiss Wegman-23Sports

The 2019 Cross Country season came to a close for most of Mizzou, this past Friday. The men and women’s squads raced the NCAA Midwest Regional Meet in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Most notably, Thomas George took second place, punching his ticket to the NCAA Championship Meet on the 23rd. George is the first male from Mizzou to qualify for the meet since 2012.

Notable performances were posted across the board. In addition to George, Jordyn Kleve, Melissa Menghini, and Sarah Chapman earned All-Region honors. This is the highest number of All-Region recipients since 2016, for the Tigers.

The men placed 10th overall with a score of 295. Martin Prodanov, Marquette Wilhite, and Victor Mugeche, were the scorers behind George.

On the women’s side, Sarah Chapman led the team just like she has all season long. Menghini and Kleve came in only one second apart, and only trailed Chapman by a margin of five and six seconds, respectfully. Ginger Murnieks and Hannah Thomas rounded out the scoring positions. The team’s score of 172 was good enough for fifth place.

This season has to be marked as a positive one by the Tigers. For the women, lots of talent and potential was displayed by the freshman, and great performances were displayed by the upperclassmen. The team looks extremely promising heading into the near future. The men’s team faced some adversity and struggle this year, but that is not without its bright spots. Thomas George will forever be remembered as the story from the 2019 men’s season, and that is not something anyone could complain about. It should be interesting to see how these squads perform come track season, and how the young talent develops heading into next year.