Junior Sam Dickerson
Nov. 1, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Gutsy performances highlighted the day for the Tigers, who took on the SEC Championships on Friday in Gainesville, FL. The teams battled through the Florida heat and humidity to emerge with a fourth-place finish for the men, seventh-place for the women, and five All-SEC honorees. Among those five were four All-SEC Freshman Team finishers, including the top freshmen for the men and the women in T.J. Carey and Kaitlyn Fischer.
The men’s 8k kicked off the morning at 9:00 a.m. Leading the charge for the first time in his career was junior Sam Dickerson, whose career-best performance of 24:16 put him at 11th. He was the first All-SEC finisher of the day for the Tigers, making it onto the Second Team. This is the first All-Conference performance for Dickerson.
Up next for the Tigers was sophomore Evan Chiplock in 24:37 for 22nd, followed by freshman T.J. Carey in 24:43 for 23rd. Carey, who earned an SEC Freshman of the Week nod a couple of weeks ago, was the top freshman finisher in the field. He was the first of three Tiger freshmen to make the All-SEC Freshman Team.
Senior Hayden Legg and sophomore Tyler Schneider rounded out the Tigers’ top five in 25th and 26th, making Mizzou the only team other than Arkansas to place their top five within the top 30 of the field.
Sophomore Kenny Cushing was sixth for the black and gold, crossing in 24:59, followed by freshman Drew White at 25:19, freshman Dan Roe at 25:30, freshman Jordan Cook in 25:50, and freshman Ian McGinn in 26:20. White and Roe both joined Carey on the stage as All-SEC Freshman Team finishers, putting the tally to six for Mizzou men who have earned the award in the past two years. Last year Evan Chiplock, Tyler Schneider, and Joe McKenna all made it onto the stage as some of the top freshmen in the conference.
Next up was the women’s 6k at 10:00 a.m. Once again it was freshman Kaitlyn Fischer who took over the lead for the black and gold. Keeping pace with the lead pack throughout the race, Fischer finished with some of the top women in the country to earn sixth in 20:30. She joined Carey as the first freshman across the line, earning both an All-SEC First Team and All-SEC Freshman Team honors. She is the first Tiger woman to earn All-SEC in cross country.
Fellow-freshman Nicole Mello was the next across the line for the black and gold, crossing in 21:38 for 35th overall. Junior Liz Reida was not far behind, navigating the 6k course in 21:40 for 36th. Rounding out the top five was junior Courtney Brown in 47th with a final time of 21:52, and sophomore Sam Garrett in 58th with a time of 22:08.
The Tigers will take a break from racing next week before heading north for the Midwest Regional Championships in Ames, IA. For the latest on your Tigers, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.
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