Sept. 24, 2006
Falcon Heights, Minn. -
The University of Missouri men's cross country team finished eighth in the 21st annual Roy Griak Invitational Saturday in Falcon Heights, Minn. Tiger Senior Tim Ross (Alto, Mich.) led Missouri with a 31st place finish.
After the race, Missouri Head Coach Jared Wilmes was proud of the Tigers' top five finishers.
"Our top five performed very well today. We ran well as a team."
The Tigers earned 281 points to finish eighth, edging out ninth-place finisher, No. 10 Kansas, by 13 points. The Tigers' output was also enough to get them past No. 28 Michigan State, who finished tenth, and No. 27 Iowa, who finished 13th. No. 8 Arizona won the race.
Missouri's fop five finishers averaged a time of 25:54. The top five finished within 36 seconds of each other.
Individually, Ross had a solid performance in his first race of the season. He finished 31st overall with a time of 25:32. Liberty's Josh McDougal won the race with a time of 24:15.
Tiger Sophomore Garett Jeffries (Clarkson Valley, Mo.), the winner of the Missouri Cross Country Challenge, finished second for the Tigers, and 45th overall with a time of 25:46.
In his first career cross country race, freshman Dan Hedgecock (St. Louis, Mo.), finished third among Tiger finishers and 63rd overall with a time of 25:57.
Tim Cornell (Columbia, Mo.) and Colten Green (Roach, Mo.) finished fourth and fifth for the Tigers, respectively. Cornell finished 76th overall with a time of 26:05 and Green finished in 83rd in 26:08.
Billy Bell (Chesterfield, Mo.), Michael Barrows (Flint, Mich.), Tipper O'Brien (Kirkwood, Mo.) Brian Graybill (Liberty, Mo.) and Ben Wade (St. Charles, Mo.) also raced for the Tigers.
The Tiger women will compete in the Notre Dame Invitational Sept. 29, in South Bend, Ind. The next races for the men are Oct. 13 and Oct. 14. The Tigers will split their men's and women's teams that weekend. Some of the Tigers will compete in the Bradley Classic on Oct. 13, in Peoria, Ill., and some will compete in the Pre-NCAA Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind, on Oct. 14.