Sept. 9, 2006
Columbia, Mo. - The University of Missouri men's and women's cross country teams opened the season on a good note Saturday at the Missouri Cross Country Challenge. The men won the 8k race and the women finished second in the 5k race. Tiger sophomore Garrett Jeffries (Clarkson Valley, Mo.) won the men's race with a time of 26:33.93. Wichita State's Sarah Becker won the women's race with a time of 18:10.95.
After the event, Tiger Head Coach Jared Wilmes said he was pleased with Missouri's day.
"I think it was really important for us to stay together and have those top four guys run together. We accomplished everything we wanted today, probably more."
In the men's race, four Tiger runners finished in the top five to give Missouri the win with 16 points. Sophomore Tim Cornell (Columbia, Mo./Hickman H.S.) finished second (26:34.32) Junior Billy Bell (Chesterfield, Mo.) finished third and sophomore Michael Barrows (Flint, Mich.) was the fourth place finisher. Sophomore Brian Graybill (Liberty, Mo.) finished fifth for Missouri and seventh overall
Wichita State won the women's race with 26 points, and the Tigers finished second with 31 points.
Missouri Assistant Coach Rebecca Wilmes thought the women performed well in their first meet.
"It's an opener. There were some good things, there were some things that we've got to get better at, which we know. I thought we were all right today. We definitely did some good things and got the rust off."
Sophomore Ellen Ries (Ryan, Iowa) was the Tigers' first finisher, finishing third overall with a time of 18:40.98. Junior Kate Greer (Marshalltown, Iowa) finished second for Missouri and fourth place overall (18:47.46). Other finishers for the Tigers include Trisa Nickoley (Tecumseh Kan.) who finished seventh overall. Angela Potrykus (Evergreen, Colo.), Carolyn Rauen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Kristina Werner (Moberly, Mo.) finished ninth, tenth and 11th, respectively.
The men will have two weeks to prepare for the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn. Saturday, Sept. 23. The women's next race is the Notre Dame Invitational Friday, Sept. 29.
Men's Team Results (8k)
1 Missouri 16 points
2 Wichita St. 39 points
3 Hannibal-LaGrange 85 points
Women's Team Results (5k)
1 Wichita St. 26 points
2 Missouri 31 points
3. Hannibal-LaGrange 85 points
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