Sept. 8, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou men's and women's cross country teams will host the 19th Missouri Cross Country Challenge on Saturday (Sept. 10) at A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia. The Tigers will welcome teams from Central Methodist University and rival Kansas for the collegiate races, along with squads from 12 Missouri high schools for prep events. The collegiate men will run an 8K, while the collegiate women's course will cover 5K. The varsity and JV high-school races are both 5K, and the freshman races are 2 miles each. Action begins at 8 a.m. with the high-school freshman races, followed by the JV, college and varsity events.
For his initial meet at the Tigers' home course, first-year men's coach Joe Lynn selected seniors Michael Pandolfo (Lone Tree, Colo.), Dan Quigley (St. Louis, Mo.), and Kyle Rood (St. Peters, Mo.), juniors Kevin McKee (Kansas City, Mo.) and Max Storms (Kansas City, Mo.), sophomore Hayden Legg (Mexico, Mo.), and freshmen Eric Dillon (Ontario, Canada), Kevin Krumrey (Chesterfield, Mo.), JT McCarthy (Burlington, Iowa), and Merid Seleshi (Ontario, Canada), to run for Mizzou. In addition to this group of 10, four Tiger athletes will run unattached: Senior Blake Irwin (Bettendorf, Iowa) and freshmen Bryant Blahnik, Kenny Cushing and Sam Dickerson. These last four runners' times will not factor into Mizzou's final team score.
Quigley finished third in the men's race at last year's Missouri Cross Country Challenge, while Pandolfo was sixth, Storms finished eighth, McKee was tenth, Rood finished 11th, Seleshi came in 14th and Legg finished 23rd. At the season-opening SIU Early Bird last Friday (Sept. 2) in Carbondale, Ill., West finished second in the men's 4K, with McCarthy in seventh place and Rood eighth.
In the women's competition, coach Rebecca Wilmes tabbed 17 total athletes to compete for the Tigers, including five who will run unattached. Running to score points for Mizzou will be: Seniors Aimee Bonte (Fenton, Mo.), Layne Moore (Emporia, Kan.) and Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, Kan.); sophomores Chelsea Chrisman (Eureka, Mo.) and Maggie Priebe (Wasau, Wis.); and freshmen Courtney Brown, Maria Effinger, Liz Reida, Ali Ross, Landon Wachter, Brianna Westervelt and Courtney Wood. The unattached group includes Charlene Brown, Lauren Guasto, Madison Moser, Naomi Reeh and Maddy Rich.
Tiger harriers who competed in last year's women's race and will run again on Saturday include Roxberg, who finished seventh in the 2010 race, Priebe, who finished 12th last year, Bonte (17th), Moser (20th), Guasto (22nd), Reeh (26th), Rich (27th) and Brown (30th). Wood finished third last Friday in Carbondale, while Brown came in fifth and Effinger was ninth.
After Saturday's event, Mizzou will have nearly three weeks off before its next meet, the Notre Dame Invitational, which is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30, in South Bend, Ind. For full coverage and results of Saturday's collegiate and high school races and the latest information on Tiger Cross Country, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.