COLUMBIA, Mo. - Tigers cross country hit the road for the first time today, making the trek down to Fayetteville for a head-to-head with fellow-SEC competition, the University of Arkansas. The women kicked off the evening at the Agri Park course with a 4k race at 6:00 p.m., followed by the men's 4-mile at 6:30 p.m.
"Everyone from top to bottom was great today, I can pick out positives from every one of the athletes here tonight," said Head Coach Joe Lynn. "It was a totale team effort, which was what we came out here to do and what we've stressed from the beginning."
Leading the way for the ladies was an impressive debut performance from freshman Kaitlyn Fischer, who finished seventh with a final time of 14:01.
"It was a good first race of the season, I enjoyed it. When I finished and turned around and saw them all come behind me, it felt really good having a team with this much potential. I'm really excited for the rest of the season," said Fischer. "My high school coach used to say 'What happened today doesn't matter anymore,' so I'm just going to keep working for every day."
For the men, the tight pack of sophomores Evan Chiplock and Tyler Schneider, and senior Hayden Legg were first in for the Tigers, finishing in eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively. Chiplock stayed strong the second half of the race, moving up the line to cross in 20:31.3. Schneider was close behind in 20:31.4, then Legg in 20:33. The top five was rounded out by freshman Dan Roe in 11th and sophomore Kenny Cushing in 12th.
"I'm upset that I'm going to be gone after this year, I'm really excited about this group," said Legg. "I'm the only one that won't be back next year. It's a good sign, that we're this good and this young."
"As a whole, yeah we're a young team, " said Chiplock. "But we've matured a lot over the past year, we've grown together, and I think there are definitely good things to come. So I'm really excited."
The Tigers are back to the grind for the next three weeks before making the trip up to Minneapolis, MN, for the Roy Griak Invitational on September 28th. For the latest on your Tigers, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.