Oct. 27, 2006
Lawrence, Kan. -
The Mizzou men's cross country team finished sixth and the women finished seventh in the Big 12 Cross Country Championships at Rim Rock Farm northwest of Lawrence, Kan. Senior Tim Ross (Alto, Mich.) finished 15th and earned All-Big 12 Cross Country honors for the third time in his career.
Tiger Head Coach Jared Wilmes was pleased with the Tigers' effort at the Championships.
"They competed really hard, that's all you can ask for. They ran in tough, muddy conditions, but they competed hard."
The Tiger men finished the 8k race in sixth place with 156 points, while second-ranked Colorado won the race for the 11th straight year with 36 points. No. 27 Texas finished second and 19th-ranked Kansas finished third.
Ross finished 15th with a time of 25:12.00. He earned All-Big 12 Cross Country honors for the third time in his career. Between track and cross country, he now has eight All-Big 12 team honors.
After Ross, the Tigers received another strong performance from sophomore Garett Jeffries (Clarkson Valley, Mo.). Jeffries finished 24th with a time of 25:26.30. He won the Missouri Cross Country Challenge in September and he has finished second to Ross in the season's three other races.
Freshman Dan Hedgecock (St. Louis, Mo.) finished right behind Jeffries at 25th, with a time of 25:29.70. Tiger senior Colten Green (Roach, Mo.) finished fourth for Mizzou and 41st overall. The Tigers' last scorer was sophomore Tim Cornell (Columbia, Mo.). He finished 55th. Billy Bell (62) Michael Barrows (68) Brian Graybill (79) and Ben Wade (88) also finished for Mizzou.
The Missouri women finished seventh in the women's 6k with 169 points. 10th-ranked Colorado won the race for the 10th time with 45 points. 21st-ranked Texas Tech finished second.
Individually, junior Kate Greer (Marshalltown, Iowa) was the Tigers first finisher for the first time this season. She finished 17th with a time of 21:55.18, and missed All-Conference honors by two spots and about seven seconds. She needed a 15th-place finish or better to earn All-Big 12 honors.
Senior Amanda Bales (Bettendorf, Iowa) finished seven spots behind Greer at 24th in 22:14.89. Sophomore Ellen Ries (Ryan, Iowa) was the Tigers' third finisher for the third race in a row. She earned a 37th place finish with a time of 22:37.72. Sophomore Trisa Nickoley (Tecumseh, Kan.) finished fourth for Mizzou and 42nd overall on the same course that she won four Kansas State High School Cross Country Championships. Sophomore Angela Potrykus (Evergreen, Colo.) finished 51st. Maddie Schueler (69) Emily Baker (79) Kristina Werner (87) and Kasey Kimball (91) also finished for Mizzou.
The women finished ahead of Kansas to earn a point in the Border Showdown presented by Midwest Ford Dealers, but the KU men finished ahead of the Tigers to earn one point. Kansas is currently leading the Showdown 4 to 2.5. Updated standings can be found at
The Tigers will now get ready to compete in the Midwest Regional Championships in Falcon Heights, Minn., a suburb of the Twin Cities, on Nov. 11.