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The Men and Women’s Cross Country teams began their postseason on Friday, at the SEC Championship Meet, in Lexington, Kentucky. Scoring 159 points, the women placed third. With a score of 162, the men placed seventh.

For the women, Sarah Chapman once again led the Tigers. Posting a time of 20:49.1 earned her 18th place. The next Tiger in was freshman Ginger Murnieks. Murnieks showed up in a big way for Mizzou which is what the Tigers were looking for out of their pool of young talent. She finished 28th overall and was the fourth-fastest freshman to finish the race, earning her All-Freshman honors. Murnieks’ time of 21:01.1 was her best time of the season. The final three scorers were Melissa Menghini, Jordyn Kleve, and Hannah Thomas.

On the men’s side, Thomas George paced the Tigers, like he has all season long. George finished the 8k in 23:14.8 which placed him eighth overall. This incredible run by George earned him second team All-SEC honors. This is also the highest an individual for Mizzou has finished at the SEC Championships since 2014. Martin Prodonav finished second for the Tigers and 26th overall with a time of 23:48.8. Just seconds behind him was the biggest surprise of the race. Marquette Wilhite finished 29th overall in 23:51.4, which is a season best by almost two minutes. Victor Mugeche and Oaklee Hauschild were the final two scorers for Mizzou.

Mizzou will continue their postseason in two weeks as they head to Stillwater, Oklahoma for the NCAA Regional Meet, in hopes to qualify for the NCAA National Meet.