Aug 13, 2013
Columbia, Mo. – The University of Missouri’s cross country schedule was released this week by head coach Joe Lynn, who enters his third year at the helm of the men's program and second year with the women's. The men’s squad will be lead by a strong group of returners, including returning All-SEC performers senior Hayden Legg, and sophomores Tyler Schneider, Evan Chiplock, and Joe McKenna. On the women’s side, juniors Liz Reida, Courtney Brown, and Courtney Wood will all be looked to as leaders of the young Tiger team. All in all, the black and gold enter the season with 28 freshmen and 34 returners.
The Tigers will kick off the season with a head-to-head match against fellow-SEC program, Arkansas. The teams will head down to Fayetteville, AR, for the September 6 dual against the 2012 SEC Champions on the men's side, and Runners-Up on the women's side.
Next, the Tigers travel to their first premier invitational of the 2013 season, the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, MN on September 28. This will be the first time since 2009 that the Tigers have traveled to Minneapolis, and they will face off against some top notch programs including Minnesota, Iowa State, Michigan State, Arizona State, Iowa, Colorado State, and fellow-SEC schools Georgia, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt. From there they head out to South Bend, IN, for the Notre Dame Invitational on October 4.
The next big weekend for the teams will see them split up between two different meets. One contingent will travel to Peoria, IL, for the Bradley Invitational on October 18, and the other to Madison, WI, for the second consecutive year to compete in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on October 19. At Madison, the team will once again meet conference competition with Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee (men), Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt all slated to compete.
Regular season competition will finish up with the teams making the short trip to St. Louis for the Fall Cross Country Classic on October 26, then the Championship portion of the season kicks off with the SEC Championships in Gainesville, FL, on November 1.
Rounding out the season is the NCAA Midwest Regional on November 15 in Ames, IA, and finally the NCAA Championships a week later on November 23 in Terre Haute, IN.
The full schedule can be found here. For the latest on your Tigers, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.