Reiss Wegman-23 Sports

Mizzou hosted the inaugural Gans Creek Cross Country Invitational on Friday. The Tigers took first in a field of 10 teams, including SEC competition Texas A&M. Mizzou edged out the Aggies by a margin of two points.

The Tigers were led by a first place finish from Thomas George. George’s winning time came in at 24:49.9 for the 8k course. Martin Prodanov was next in for the Tigers in 8th place, followed by a 10th place finish from Victor Mugeche. Oaklee Hauschild and Michael Widmann rounded out the scorers with 13th and 23rd place finishes, respectively.

Mizzou missed senior Kieran Wood, who was the second scorer for the Tigers last week, as he did not race in this weekend’s meet. While the Tigers were able to squeeze out the victory over A&M, Wood would have likely given the team a little more breathing room. Michael Widmann was the one who stepped up and took the empty scoring spot for the Tigers. It is exciting to see the team’s depth runners performing when needed. The addition of Widmann and absence of Wood were the only changes to the team’s top-5 from last week. This consistency is a good look heading into the latter stages of the season.

Being the first meet held on the new course, a few ceremonial events took place prior to start time. Fans were able to move amongst the terrain around the course and watch from many vantage points. Apart from easy access along the sides of the race, fans could use the elevated berm area which gave a view of the entire course.