Oct. 16, 2011
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Mizzou men’s cross country team finished 15th out of 35 teams on Sunday (Oct. 16) at the NCAA Pre-Nationals. The event, which is the largest annual collegiate cross country meet, serves as a tune-up for the national championships, scheduled for Nov. 21 in Terre Haute.
The Tigers’ top five runners posted an average time of 25:37 in the men’s 8K, which tied for 17th-best among all squads, but Mizzou’s overall team effort from its nine-man group allowed the team to move up in the final standings. Runners had to contend with warm weather and winds up to 18 mph.
Redshirt senior Dan Quigley (St. Louis, Mo.) was the Tigers’ top finisher, coming in 56th in the individual standings after completing the course in 25:15 for an average of 3:09 per kilometer. Redshirt sophomore Hayden Legg (Mexico, Mo.) finished three seconds behind Quigley in 60th place, while junior Max Storms (Kansas City, Mo.) was 78th to give Mizzou three student-athletes in the top 100. Other Tigers competing in Terre Haute were sophomore Merid Seleshi (Scarborough, Ontario) in 108th place, redshirt junior Kevin McKee (Kansas City, Mo.) in 151st, freshman Bryant Blahnik at No. 160, redshirt sophomore Tyler Compton (Buffalo, Mo.) in 173rd, redshirt senior Kyle Rood (St. Peters, Mo.) in 199th, freshman Sam Dickerson at No. 205. A total of 296 athletes finished the 8K race.
Sunday’s race marked the beginning of the Championship portion of the season for Mizzou. Ahead of NCAA Regionals and Nationals, the Tiger men and women will travel to College Station, Texas, on Oct. 29 for the Big 12 Championships, hosted by Texas A&M University. For the latest news about Mizzou Cross Country, visit MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.