Mizzou Cross Country began the 2019 postseason on Friday morning at the SEC Cross Country Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. The teams faced off against the rest of the teams in the SEC and fought through two extremely competitive races to earn two solid team finishes.
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The women finished in third place with 159 team points, and the men finished in seventh with 162 points. Junior Sarah Chapman (Maidenhead, England) led the women with an 18th place finish, while redshirt senior Thomas George (Gloucester, England) finished in eighth for the men.
This was the highest finish for the women since the 2016 season, when they finished in third place. A strong push by the Tigers in the middle of the pack solidified the top-three finish for the team. With only 30 points separating third place from ninth place, every point mattered for the Tigers.
The Mizzou women placed five runners in the top 50, including freshman Ginger Murnieks (Lee’s Summit, Missouri). Murnieks was the fourth-fastest freshman to cross the line in the women’s race, earning her All-Freshman honors.
A handful of Mizzou women posted season-best 6K times, including Murnieks, Melissa Menghini (Fenton, Missouri), Hannah Thomas (Urbandale, Iowa), Sophia Racette (St. Louis, Missouri). Mikayla Reed (Augusta, Missouri) and Jenna Lutzow (Poplar Grove, Illinois).
Burns on the women: “Our women moved up throughout each lap and came away on top of the 3-9 team race. There were only 30 points that separated 3rd-9th place so every point was important. Sarah got up front and hung on while the rest of the team came charging from further back in the pack. It was great to see Melissa have two excellent races back to back and for Ginger to close hard over the last lap. Jordyn Kleve and Hannah Thomas also came up big over the last lap and helped our team move from 5th to 3rd in the last 1000m. We are really proud of this team and how they have responded to adversity throughout the year. They never stop battling and that trait will suit them well in two weeks at the NCAA Midwest Region Championships”
Mizzou will continue postseason competition as they move to NCAA Regionals in Stillwater, Okla. on Friday, Nov. 15. There they will face off against teams from around the midwest with hopes of qualifying for NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Championships will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.
WOMEN’S 6K RESULTS – 3rd Place (159 points, 18-28-29-40-44)
18. Sarah Chapman, 20:49.1 // 28. Ginger Murnieks, 21:01.1 // 29. Melissa Menghini 21:03.4 // 42. Jordyn Kleve, 21:20.9 // 48. Hannah Thomas, 21:25.9 // 53. Sophia Racette, 21:29.4 // 56. Mikayla Reed, 21:34.1 // 71. Jenna Lutzow, 21:55.2 // 76 Isabelle Christiansen, 22:00.8 // 82. Jenna Schwartz, 22:09.5 // 101. Emma Roth, 22:37.8 // 114. Tori Findley, 22:54.7 //