Missouri cross country team prepares to host Big 12 meet

Friday, October 30, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Ellen Ries used to be known as the mother hen of the Missouri cross country team because of the way she took her teammates under her wing. Freshman Bailey Belvis used the word "crucial" to describe the impact of Ries' leadership on her development as a runner.