Oct. 12, 2012
Madison, Wis. – The Missouri squads competed in Madison, WI, today at the Fourth Annual Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. The meet boasted the toughest field yet in the NCAA, with 20 of the top 30 ranked teams in the nation represented on both sides. The women started the day off at noon with a 43rd place, followed by the men at 12:40, placing 31st.
In their first 6K of the season, the Lady Tigers were led by junior Kaitie Vanatta (Littleton, CO), whose 20:52 performance earned her 108th place. She was followed by senior Bailey Belvis (Prosper, TX) at 21:19, and sophomores Liz Reida (Springfield, MO) at 21:22 sophomore Ali Ross (St. Louis, MO) at 22:03, and Maria Effinger (Swansea, IL) at 22:03.
“I think as a whole we still know there’s some work that needs to be done, but I think we’re still proud of going out there and not giving up today. As a team we’re just working on being really positive,” Vanatta said. “We’re at the point in our training where out legs are going to be a little tired and we’re not going to feel great. We’re just still looking toward the end of the season when all this hard training will really start paying off and keeping positive.”
Rounding out the seven performers for the women’s Championship Race were sophomores Courtney Brown (Palatine, IL) and Courtney Wood (Neosho, MO) who finished in 22:04 and 22:18, respectively.
The Men’s Championship Race followed at 12:40, and senior Max Storms (Kansas City, MO) once again took the lead for the Tiger pack finishing with another PR of 24:01 to earn 49th place. Junior Merid Seleshi (Ontario, Canada) and sophomore Bryant Blahnik (Red Wing, MN) followed with another two PRs, crossing the line in 24:24 and 24:25, respectively. Junior Hayden Legg (Mexico, MO) wasn’t too far behind with a 24:37, and freshman Tyler Schneider (Schaumburg, IL) rounded out the top five for the Tigers in 24:45.
“We’re still moving forward, still doing a lot of heavy training so I think maybe we didn’t run as well as we thought we were going to, but we still did the best we could,” Storms said. “So we’re just going to keep moving forward and we’ll keep getting better as Regionals approaches.”
Freshman Evan Chiplock (Saginaw, MI) was close behind in 24:48, and senior Phi Bascio (St. Louis, MO) finished out the Championship Race for the black and gold with a 25:02 finish.
The Women’s and Men’s B Races finished out the day in Madison. Junior Chelsea Chrisman (Eureka, MO), sophomore Brianna Westervelt (Kansas City, MO) and freshmen Sam Garrett (Columbia, MO) and Faith Summey (Eldoret, Kenya) all represent the Tigers in the Women’s Race. For the men, junior Tyler Compton (Buffalo, MO), sophomores Sam Dickerson (Moberly, MO) and JT McCarthy (Burlington, IA), and freshmen Kenny Cushing (Wentzville, MO) and Joe McKenna (Madison, WI) all raced for the black and gold.
The Tigers will be back in action next weekend, followed by the SEC Championships in Nashville, TN, on October 26. Stay tuned to mutigers.com for more updates and follow us on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.
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