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On Friday, the Mizzou Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams had their last contests before heading into the postseason. Both teams raced the Nuttycombe Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin. This was an extremely competitive meet with more than 30 of the nation’s top squads taking the course.

Thomas George led the men’s team and set a new 8k PR with a time of 24:27.2. He finished 73rd overall. George has led the team in each race this season. It is safe to say he will look to make a splash in the coming weeks during the postseason. Martin Prodanov, Victor Mugeche, and Marquette Wilhite were the only other finishers for the Tigers. The Mizzou men did not have enough runners to score as a team with only four runners logging times.

On the women’s side, Sarah Chapman led the Tigers to a 20th place finish. Chapman finished the 6k course in 20:47.9 – good for 52nd place. Jordyn Kleve, Melissa Menghini, Ginger Murnieks, and Jenna Schwartz rounded out the scorers for the Tigers. Kleve posted a 21:18.1 which was good for her best of the season.

The race looked to be a great showing by the women, who have been running well all season. The men looked to struggle more in this outing. However, there is still time for the team to retool and prepare before they enter the postseason as they have two weeks before the SEC Championship meet. The SEC Championship meet will take place in Lexington, Kentucky.