Jan. 31, 2013
Schedule of Events
Columbia, Mo. - For the majority of the Missouri Cross Country team, the season ended back in November. But for nine freshmen, there is still one final opportunity to lace up their spikes and hit the course. The 2013 USA Cross Country Championships are this Saturday, Feb. 2, at Forest Park in St. Louis, and the Tigers will be looking to bring back some hardware.
It's one of the biggest cross country meets in the world, with performances ranging from stand-out high school runners to Olympic medalists. This year, the big names include Scott Bauhs, Chris Derrick, Dathan Ritzenhein, Matt Tegenkamp, Kim Conley, Shalane Flanagan, Sara Hall, Deena Kastor, and Magdaelna Lewy Boulet, just to name a few. But before the pro's hit the course, a few Tigers will prove their merit on the national cross country stage.
First up will be freshman Sam Garrett (Columbia, MO), who will be the lone Tiger in the Junior Women's 6k, set to begin at 11:30 AM. Garrett will be up against some of the best high school and college freshmen in the country, and will look to show what successes are in store for the future of Mizzou women's cross country.
The next gun will go off at 12:15 PM for the Junior Men's 8k, and the final test of the cross country season for eight of the freshmen. Evan Chiplock (Saginaw, MI), Jordan Cook (Columbia, MO), Tim Johnson (Palatine, IL), Ian McGinn (Brighton, MI), Dan Roe (Arlington Heights, IL), Tyler Schneider (Schaumburg, IL), Drew White (Crystal City, MO), and Brandon Williams (Denver, CO) will all don the black and gold. Waiting for them at the finish line is not only the opportunity to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Poland (spots given to the top 6 finishers in each race), but the chance to prove themselves as serious contenders in the NCAA and SEC over the next few years.
"This weekend is a huge opportunity for this group to get a feel of what it's going to be like in the future in a championship type setting," commented Head Cross Country Coach Joe Lynn
. "Each of them have been getting in some great training the past few months in hopes of making a run for a spot on the team. With the Championship being held in the state of Missouri, we want to make sure we have a strong presence in the race and there's no doubt this group is capable of doing just that."
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