Both teams took home wins from the Forest Park XC Festival on Friday
The teams will be in St. Louis on Friday for the Forest Park XC Festival
Both teams had exciting showings against Illinois to kick off the 2014 season
The teams will match up against their fellow-Midwest Region competitors on Friday
53 returners and 17 freshmen were commended for their academic achievements
2012 NCAA Cross Country Midwest Regional meet - Springfield, MO
MIZZOU PERSONAL BESTS
5000m Run - 18:32.40 | Notre Dame Invite | 10/04/2013
6000m Run - 21:50.20 | Bradley Classic | 10/18/2013
3000m Run - 10:48.41 | Missouri Invitational | 02/07/2014
5000m Run - 18:30.58 | Collegiate Challenge | 02/15/2013
1500m Run - 4:44.92 | Beach Invite | 04/19/2014
5000m Run - 17:32.45 | Crimson Tide Invite | 04/05/2014
5000m (XC) - 18:32.40 | Notre Dame Invite (10/04)
6000m (XC) - 21:50.20 | Bradley Classic (10/18)
3000m (Ind.) - 10:48.41 | Missouri Invite (02/07)
1500m (Out.) - 4:44.92 | Beach Invite (04/19)
5000m (Out.) - 17:32.45 | Crimson Tide Invite (04/05)
Cross Country - Was the third Tiger to cross the line at the opening dual against Arkansas, finishing 11th overall with a final time of 14:38 on the 4000-meter course...Set a new PR of 18:32.40 for the 5000-meter at the Notre Dame Invitational, shaving off 28-seconds from her previous top mark...At the next race, she set another PR in the 6000-meter run, closingin 21:51 for 33rd at the Bradley Classic...Placed 58th at the SEC Championships and closed her season at the NCAA Midwest Regional, where she took 96th overall.
Indoor Track - Sam's sole meet of the indoor season came at the Missouri Invitational, where she placed 11th in the 3000-meter run with a new PR of 10:48.41.
Outdoor Track - Sam focused primarily on the 5000-meter run during the outdoor season, although she did clock in a 1500-meter run at the Beach Invitational, crossing in 4:44.92...Ran beneath her previous 5000-meter PR twice during the outdoor season, earning a top time of 17:32.45 at the Crimson Tide Invitational...Also ran 17:33.32 at the Bryan Clay Invitational...Closed the season with a fourth-place performance in the 5000-meter run at the Tom Botts Invitational.
5000m (XC) - 19:00.21 | Greater Louisville Classic (09/29)
6000m (XC) - 22:37.67 | SEC Championships (10/26)
3000m (Ind.) - 10:52.59 | Missouri Invite (01/18)
5000m (Ind.) - 18:30.58 | Collegiate Challenge (02/15)
5000m (Out.) - 17:39.89 | Ole Miss Invite (04/13)
Cross Country - Sam started her career as a Tiger at the Iowa State Invitational, where she was the sixth finisher for the black and gold, 17th overall, in 19:22...Earned a PR in the 5000-meter at the following meet, the Greater Louisville Classic, crossing in 19:00.21...Timed in at 22:45 for her first 6000-meter run at the Adadis Wisconsin Invitational...Bested that performance at the SEC Championships in Nashville, Tenn., with a 22:37.67 finish...Ended her season at the NCAA Midwest Regional where she was the sixth finisher for the Tigers.
Indoor Track - Ran at home for both of her meets during the indoor season, starting with the Missouri Invitational where she hit 10:52.59 for the 3000-meter run...Crossed the line in 18:30.58 for the 5000-meter run at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge.
Outdoor Track - Started the season with a 1500-meter/5000-meter double at the Missouri Relays, timing in at 18:11.91 to take eighth in the 5000-meters...Hit a PR in the 5000-meters at the Ole Miss Invitational, where she finished seventh overall in 17:39.89...Ended her season at the Iowa Musco Invitational, where she paced through at 10:14.53 for the 3000-meter run.
1600m - 5:10 | 3200m - 11:09 | 3-mile (XC) - 18:12 | 5000m (XC) - 19:01
- Rock Bridge School Record Holder in the 3200m
- Four-time MSHSAA Cross Country Championships qualifier
- Two-time MSHSAA All-State for Cross Country (2008, 2011)
- 2012 MSHSAA Track & Field Championships All-State for 4x800m
- 2012 MSHSAA Track & Field Championships All-State in 3200m
Sam competed for Rock Bridge HS under coach Neal Blackburn...CROSS COUNTRY...Was a member of four team qualifiers for the MSHSAA Cross Country Championships, and finished as runner-up in 2011...Sam was captain of the first cross country team in Rock Bridge history to win a district championship, sectional championship, and state trophy in 2011...As an individual, Sam was All-District in cross country all four years (2008-11)..She was a four-time MSHSAA State Championships qualifier (2008-11), and earned two All-State finishes in 2008 (20th) and 2011 (18th)...Competed at the 2010 Nike Cross Midwest Regional...TRACK & FIELD...Sam was All-District in the 4x800-meter relay and 1600-meters (2009-10, 2012), and 3200-meters (2009-12)...Was the District Champion in the 3200-meters (2011)...Qualified for the MSHSAA Championships in the 4x800-meter relay (2010-12), 1600-meters (2009, 2012), and 3200-meters (2009, 2011-12)...Earned All-State honors for the 4x800-meter relay (eighth) and 3200-meters (eighth) in 2012.
Parents are Glenn and Janie, older brother, Will...Born July 29, 1994...Was a Scholar-Athlete throughout high school (2009-12)...Sam was a member of the National Honor Society...Earned a Bright Flight Scholarship...Mom, Janie, is a Missouri alum...Works on family farm and shows sheep at local and state fairs...She is studying Elementary Education, minoring in Psychology.
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