Missouri women runners fourth at Big 12 championships

Saturday, October 29, 2011 | 7:02 p.m. CDT; updated 9:03 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Missouri women's cross country team placed fourth at Saturday's Big 12 Conference meet and the men's team finished sixth.

Junior Baily Belvis led the Tigers in the women's race, placing 14th to earn All-Big 12 honors. Sophomore Kaitie Vanatta finished 18th, and freshman Liz Reida came in 21st.

The effort was enough to finished ahead of three-time defending Big 12 champion Texas Tech. The Tigers beat the Red Raiders by a point. Missouri also beat rival Kansas, which came into the meet ranked eighth in the Midwest region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, one spot above the Tigers.

Senior Dan Quigley finished 24th and junior Max Storms was 25th to lead the Missouri men's team, which also finished ahead of Kansas, which came into the meet ranked eight spots ahead of the Tigers in the men's regional poll.


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