MU women finish first at Missouri Cross Country Challenge

Saturday, September 11, 2010 | 7:40 p.m. CDT; updated 10:04 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 11, 2010

COLUMBIA — The Missouri women’s cross-country team was ecstatic after finishing first in the Missouri Cross Country Challenge on Saturday at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course.

“The women ran great, and I was really pleased with their efforts," coach Rebecca Wilmes said. "We definitely have work ahead, so we can be ready for championships.”

High school results

Hickman sophomore Nichole Mello placed third in today's meet.  The Hickman cross-country team is now ranked sixth after the meet.

The Hickman boys finished fifth at the meet. Junior Devin Sander was the Kewpies' highest finisher at sixth.

"Everyone ran well and increased their times," assistant coach Pete Doll said.

“I am feeling really good about the team this year," sophomore Kaitie Vanatta said after taking first place for the second straight year. "We are all improving and doing great.”

While the women’s team was happy with its performance, the men had an opposite reaction after finishing second.

The men earned 63 points, while Kansas led with 19.

Mizzou decided to hold its top two runners, Phillip King and Dan Quigley, to save them as the season progresses.

“We didn’t do as well as we wanted. Kansas is really fit, and we just have to do the same to get better. We will close the gap,” sophomore Max Storms said. Storms led the Tigers, finishing in eighth place at 26:26.17. Junior Kevin McKee finished 10th at 26:42.20.

Missouri's next meet is the Greater Louisville Cross Country Challenge on Oct. 2 in Louisville, Ky.

Amy Backes contributed to this report



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