COLUMBIA — Preseason rankings from the Southeastern Conference coaches picked the Missouri men's and women's cross country teams to finish third and eighth, respectively, this season. Arkansas is the conference favorite on both sides, according to an SEC news release.
In its inaugural season in the SEC, the Missouri men's team tied with the other conference newcomer, Texas A&M, for third overall, while the women's team finished 13th. Senior Hayden Legg was named second-team all-conference for the 2012 season. Joe McKenna, Evan Chiplock and Tyler Schneider were named to the SEC All-Freshman team for the 2012 season.
The men's team also received national attention in the preseason. The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association had the Tigers among those receiving votes in the preseason national poll. Missouri's men are ranked No. 4 by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in the Midwest Region behind Oklahoma State, Tulsa and Illinois, according to an MU athletic department press release.
Both the Missouri men's and women's teams are scheduled to begin the season Sept. 6 at the Arkansas Dual in Fayetteville, Ark. The rest of the team's schedule includes the Roy Griak Invitational (Minneapolis, Sept. 28), Notre Dame Invitational (South Bend, Ind., Oct 4), Bradley Invitational (Peoria, Ill., Oct. 18), Wisconsin Adidas Invitational (Madison, Wis., Oct. 19), St. Louis Fall Cross Country Classic (St. Louis, Oct. 26), SEC Championships (Gainesville, Fla., Nov 1), the NCAA Midwest Regional (Ames, Iowa, Nov. 15) and NCAA Championships (Terre Haute, Ind., Nov. 23).