Sept. 28, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Mizzou men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete Friday (Sept. 30) at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind. The women’s race begins at 3:15 p.m. CT, with the men to follow at 4 p.m. CT. The women will run a 5K, while the men will run five miles. Missouri, Baylor and Texas A&M are the three Big 12 participants at the event, which features 28 schools in the upper-division women’s race and 26 in the major men’s competition.
Complete meet information, including a full list of competing schools, is available here. Friday marks the 56th running of the men’s race at the Notre Dame Invitational, and the 25th edition of the women’s race.
The meet in South Bend is Mizzou’s first competition since Sept. 10, when the Tigers hosted the Missouri Cross Country Challenge. Junior Max Storms (Kansas City, Mo.) won the men’s 8K at A.L. Gustin Golf Course, while freshman Liz Reida (Springfield, Mo.) came in fourth in the women’s 5K, leading a quartet of top-ten finishers for the Tiger women.
Men’s coach Joe Lynn picked an experienced group of 12 runners to compete for Mizzou in South Bend. Representing the Tigers at Notre Dame will be redshirt seniors Phillip King (Columbia, Mo.), Michael Pandolfo (Lone Tree, Colo.), Dan Quigley (St. Louis, Mo.) and Kyle Rood (St. Peters, Mo.); redshirt junior Ricky West (Scarborough, Ontario); juniors Kevin McKee (Kansas City, Mo.) and Storms; redshirt sophomore Hayden Legg (Mexico, Mo.); sophomore Merid Seleshi (Scarborough, Ontario); redshirt freshmen Kevin Krumrey (Chesterfield, Mo.) and JT McCarthy (Burlington, Iowa); and freshman Bryant Blahnik.
“We're excited to get on the road for the first time as a full team this weekend,” Lynn said. “In my mind, this is the time when the season really starts, so we're looking forward to seeing where our summer base and work together as a team the last seven weeks has put us.”
On the women’s side, coach Rebecca Wilmes picked nine runners to factor into the Tigers’ final team score: Seniors Aimee Bonte (Fenton, Mo.) and Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, Kan.); juniors Bailey Belvis (Prosper, Texas) and Katie Vanatta (Littleton, Colo.); sophomores Marie O’Leary (Normal, Ill.) and Maggie Priebe (Wausau, Wis.); and freshmen Courtney Brown (Palatine, Ill.), Reida and Courtney Wood (Neosho, Mo.). Wilmes also chose junior Chelsea Chrisman (Eureka, Mo.) and freshmen Maria Effinger, Ali Ross (St. Louis, Mo.) and Faith Summey to compete in the open race, which begins at 2:30 p.m. CT.
“I think we’ve got an experienced group running in the competitive race,” Wilmes said. “We're looking forward to lining up our team, and running against so many top-notch schools will give our student-athletes a glimpse of what’s to come for the rest of the year.”
The Notre Dame Invitational is the first of Mizzou’s three scheduled trips to the state of Indiana this season. The Tigers will travel twice to Terre Haute for NCAA competitions, with Pre-Nationals as their next meet on Oct. 16 and the National Championships on Nov. 21. For complete coverage and results of Friday’s meet at Notre Dame, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.