COLUMBIA — Columbia College hired Tim Cornell on Friday as the Cougars' first head men's and women's cross-country coach.
"I have been granted a golden opportunity at Columbia College," Cornell said in a statement. "This institution has continuously produced athletics teams at the highest level, and cross-country will be no exception."
A Columbia native, Cornell attended Hickman High School, where he was a two-time state champion in cross-country. He also competed in track and field at MU, where he was a three-time All-Big 12 performer in the 1,500-meter, mile and 4000-meter distance medley.
Columbia College announced in late August that the school would be adding cross-country to its list of sports. The school said Cornell will take care of scheduling and recruiting during the 2011-2012 academic year. The Cougars will begin competing in cross-country during the 2012-2013 academic year as a member of the American Midwest Conference in the NAIA.