Mizzou Cross Country continued the 2019 season in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday morning, competing in the Commodore Classic. The Tigers had both the men’s and women’s teams post top-5 finishes as the women placed fourth with 141 team points while the men came in fifth with 136. Junior Sarah Chapman (Maidenhead, England) finished 11th overall for the Mizzou women while redshirt senior Thomas George (Gloucester, England) and senior Kieran Wood (Cambridge, England) led the men’s side by both posting top-15 finishes.
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The Mizzou women placed a trio of runners in the top 25 as Chapman, redshirt senior Jordyn Kleve (Urbandale, Iowa) and freshman Jenna Schwartz (Waterloo, Iowa) paced the Tigers. In their first 6K races with the Tigers, Chapman and Schwartz put up times of 21:34.3 and 22:00.6, respectively. Meanwhile, junior Lexi Maddox (Riverside, Mo.) set a personal best by posting a time of 22:57.1, topping her 23:18.5 mark at the Bradley Pink Classic on October 12 last season.
On the men’s side, George and Wood led the Tigers to a fourth-place finish overall with George finishing 11th overall with a time of 24:44.8 while Wood came in 14th place at 24:52.7. Redshirt junior Dylan Quisenberry (Wildwood, Mo.) set a personal record with a 26:18.0 finish, his best in the 8,000m topping a 27:00.9 time at the Cowboy Jamboree on September 30, 2017.
With team finishes of fourth and fifth place, the Tigers placed second among all SEC competition at the meet. The Tigers slightly trailed Ole Miss (Women: 1st – 76 points, Men: 4th – 128 points) while finishing ahead of Georgia, Vanderbilt and Auburn.
“Both teams battled hard today,” said Head Coach Marc Burns. “Our men executed the game plan well with Thomas and Kieran up front and Martin, Victor and Oaklee working up over the second half of the race. We were in seventh place midway through the race so we moved up quite a bit.
“Our women showed how deep we are today. Sarah did a great job up front for us and then it got interesting. Jordyn finished strong and had a great kick to be our number two. Jenna, Isabelle, Sophia and Hannah really stepped up to help the team today. We will get better throughout the year as we get some people healthy and our training progresses. I am proud of how both teams battled today in some hot conditions. We are looking forward to the next two weeks of training and opening up our new course on Friday the 27th.”
Mizzou returns home for the Mizzou Cross Country Challenge on Friday, September 27 at the brand-new Gans Creek Cross Country Course in Columbia, Mo. The meet will be the second and final home competition of the 2019 season. The Tigers will then head to the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and the Bradley Pink Classic on Friday, October 18 before postseason competition begins on Friday, November 1 with the SEC Championships.
MEN’S 8K RESULTS – 5th Place (132 points, 11-14-31-33-47)
- Thomas George, 24:44.8 // 14. Kieran Wood, 25:52.7 // 36. Martin Prodanov, 25:25.1 // 39. Victor Mugeche, 25:28.3 // 55. Oaklee Hauschild, 25:47.5 // 82. Dylan Quisenberry, 26:18.0 // 84. Michael Widmann, 26:20.5 // 104. Marquette Wilhite, 26:53.4
WOMEN’S 6K RESULTS – 4th Place (141 points, 11-20-22-41-47)
- Sarah Chapman, 21:34.3 // 21. Jordyn Kleve, 21:58.8 // 23. Jenna Schwartz, 22:00.6 // 42. Sophia Racette, 22:27.3 // 48. Hannah Thomas, 22:31.5 // 49. Isabelle Christiansen, 22:32.5 // 64. Melissa Menghini, 22:48.4 // 74. Lexi Maddox, 22:57.1 // 76. Mikayla Reed, 22:58.5 // 96. Ginger Murnieks, 23:17.7 // 101. Reilly Revord, 23:20.9